Kingsborough Early College School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

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)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 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 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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


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


From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2020-21 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
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

Kingsborough Early College

Admissions Method: Screened

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


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: 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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