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International High School at Lafayette

Grades: 9-12
2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-333-7860

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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


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


Gravesend (District 21)
Trains: D Line to Bay 50th St; N Line to 86th St
Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38


Jon Harriman
Parent Coordinator
Adriana Ayala

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Lafayette Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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