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What’s Special

Project-based school for new immigrants learning English

The Downside

Limited clubs and activities

The International High School at Lafayette serves new immigrants who are learning to read, write and speak the English language. It was founded in 2005 with Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes 31 schools nationwide that focus on educating new immigrants who have been in the country four years or less. Students come from more than 30 different countries. 

Academics & Instruction: Like all the international schools, classes are taught mostly in English. The largest percentage of students here speak Spanish, as do many staff. Other languages include Russian, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Urdu, Uzbek and Cantonese.

Teachers help students in their native languages but expect tests and projects to be done in English. Classes combine students of different academic levels, so students can help one another. Field trips and 11th grade internships are an important part of the learning process, allowing teens to talk and write in English in everyday situations.

While many high schools need students to pass five NY State Regents exams, IHSPH only asks for two: English language arts and math. In the other subjects, students show their work through essays, research papers, art projects or science experiments to a group of teachers and visitors. Teens get two years of weekly mentoring to get ready.

Many students face challenges. Teachers adjust how and what they teach based on students’ needs. Those who have missed a lot of school take a special English class with only five to ten students focused on reading and vocabulary. These students also attend homework help sessions after school and a club on Saturdays to practice English while exploring New York City.

Students may earn college credit for free by taking classes through Kingsborough Community College. This program was designed to help middle-achieving students get ready for college. High school teachers, who meet all the criteria, teach the courses at the high school.

Culture & Environment: The small school has had steady numbers of students for many years. Students report that they feel safe in school on the NYC School Survey. The school uses the Restorative Practice model to train students to prevent and work through conflict. 
College & Career: Seniors take a college and career support class and college exploration starts earlier.

Building & Facilities: The school shares the Lafayette Educational Complex with four other schools. Students may take part in a wide array of sports, including football. They must pass through metal detectors at the entrance. (Lydie Raschka, Web reports, November 2023)

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School Stats

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


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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
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 2020-21 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

International High School at Lafayette (K38R)

Admissions Method: Screened: Language


From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (College Course [Uncredited])

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

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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, B82-SBS, 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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