International High School at Lafayette

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Socio-emotional support for recent immigrant students

The Downside

Metal detectors

The International High School at Lafayette (IHSL) is a safe, orderly school that serves English language learners (ELLs) that have been in the United States for fewer than four years. Students work in small groups, teachers collaborate regularly, and the school is engaged in a number of partnerships all aimed at fostering academic, linguistic, and socio-emotional development.

Located in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the school is part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes 27 schools nationwide that are committed to educating recently arrived immigrants and preparing them for college and careers.

Students come from 39 different countries. The largest groups of students are from Uzbekistan, China, Guatemala, Pakistan and El Salvador.

All classes are taught in English. Depending on their English proficiency, students receive different amounts of English as a New Language (ENL) programming per week. In the classroom, students work mostly in cooperative learning groups, which consist of students of different language abilities, academic levels, genders, and ethnicities. Students complete Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) as a replacement for some Regents exams.

Teachers work in teams of about five, comprised of one teacher from each discipline (science, math, English, social studies and arts), to support a group of about 80 students. These teams meet at least once a week to discuss best practices for supporting their students academically and emotionally.

IHSL has a number of partnerships to support its mission. The school is paired with a handful of mentoring and college-geared development programs, including iMentor and Girls Write Now. The school also works with iLearn, a program that allows students to continue their learning online. Socio-emotional support is provided by a full-time social worker, a guidance counselor, and a team of four mental health professionals through Clinic Plus.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Because many new immigrants are not formally evaluated for special needs before entering the education system, IHSL does not have a large population of students with recognized special needs. However, it does provide students with disabilities the supports and services indicated on their IEPs where applicable.

ADMISSIONS: Open only to New York City residents living in the United States four years or fewer who are English language learners per New York City Department of Education guidelines scoring at the Entering, Emerging or Transitioning levels on the NYSESLAT, NYSITELL, or LAB-R. (Katharine Safter, web reports, June 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

International High School at Lafayette

Admissions Method: Screened: Language


From the 2021 High School Directory

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214

Trains: D Line to Bay 50th St; N Line to 86th St

Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38


Principal: Jon Harriman

Parent Coordinator: Carlos Franco


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Lafayette Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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