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Kingsborough Early College School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214
Phone: 718-333-7850

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may get two years of college credit

The Downside

Metal detectors in shared building; college is 3 miles away

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, serving grades 6-12, is part of an ambitious experiment to better prepare students for college by exposing them to more challenging academics starting in middle school. Even though there are no admissions requirements for 6th grade, almost everyone graduates from high school on time and some even earn two years of college credit from Kingsborough Community College.

The small school shares the Lafayette Educational Campus with several other small schools. The building is both an advantage and a disadvantage: Students may take part in a wide array of building-wide sports, including football. But they must pass through metal detectors at the entrance and many complain that the building is dirty.

Students may take classes at Kingsborough Community College, 3 miles away, beginning in 9th grade. High schools students have access to the college’s theater, playing fields, science labs, computer labs, aquarium, and art studios. The school has an advisory program in place to help students keep up with the academic and behavioral expectations that come with college coursework, according to the school’s 2018 Comprehensive Education Plan.

Extracurricular activities include the school newspaper, music, knitting, studio art, chess, fashion design, yoga, theater, and robotics.

Tracee Murren has been principal of the school since 2016. Teachers give her high marks on the NYC School survey, saying she encourages communication and collaboration.

Teachers consistently challenge and engage high-achieving students as well as those with disabilities and English language learners, according to the Quality Review. Students learning English take part in activities such as games, skits, and songs to create a low-stress environment where they can develop academically and socially, according to the school’s yearly plan.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers integrated co-teaching classes and services such as speech, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

ADMISSIONS: Children from districts 20 and 21 and from Staten Island may apply to the middle school, which has no admissions requirements. Current 8th-graders get priority for high school. High school admission is based on middle school grades, attendance, state test scores, and an interview. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, May 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?
90%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% 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?
90%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Kingsborough Early College School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Spanish

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
81%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
94%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
98%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
93%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
669
Asian
7%
Black
25%
Hispanic
32%
White
34%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
70%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
1%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
24%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
93%
74% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
17% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Kingsborough Early College
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (75-100), Math (75-100), Science (79-100), Social Studies (63-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.3-4.5), Math (2.1-4.5)
  • Individual Interview (On-Site)
Program Description:

At Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, all students have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free associates degree from Kingsborough Community College (KCC) during their time in secondary school. We offer instructional support, small class sizes, and access to the KCC campus as early as sixth grade. We promote higher-order thinking, inquiry based learning, and a challenging academic program.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

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

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Gravesend (District 21)
Trains: N Line to Gravesend - 86th St; N Line to Ave U; D Line to 25th Ave
Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38

Contact

Principal
Tracee Murren
Parent Coordinator
Genevieve Mercaldo

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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