Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Top-notch academics in a spacious facility with waterside views

The Downside

Far from the subway

Our Review

Situated on the spacious but remote campus of Kingsborough Community College, Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences boasts waterside views, a relaxed atmosphere and top-notch academics. The contemporary building has computer and science labs, a ceramics studio with a working kiln, a library and media room, and a cafeteria with a wall of windows. It is connected to Kingsborough's full-size gymnasium and a beautiful swimming pool.

Goldstein attracts some of Brooklyn's best and brightest students, who want a school that's smaller than popular giants like Brooklyn Tech. It's the kind of place where a student carries around a novel that she is reading for fun, not for English class. Teens are treated respectfully, much like the college students they are soon to become.

Academic rigor has stepped up since Principal Scott Hughes came in 2012. A former computer science teacher at Mark Twain middle school, Hughes increased the number of AP courses and mandated a longer school day for all four years. "We maximize the fourth year to get them ready for college and career," he said. The number of graduates prepared for college far exceeds the city's average. College Now courses are offered through Kingsborough Community College, allowing students to earn college credits.

The school earned high marks on its Quality Review for having an "inclusive and respectful environment." Actions that would be problematic in other schools, such as wearing a hat or hoodie, or eating a sandwich in a classroom, are not at Goldstein. Because of the demanding class schedule—each student has four 54-minute academic periods, called "bands," each day—on days they don't get an official lunch period, students may bring in food to eat at their desks. 

Students are required to take four years of math and science and three years of a world language: Spanish, Italian, Mandarin or Arabic. There are many math and science offerings, including multiple sections of calculus, organic chemistry and AP chemistry. Many kids participate in city and school Science Olympiads.

Every freshman and sophomore takes computer science to learn digital logic, computer architecture, programming and other sophisticated skills. "We're trying to teach them the Latin of computer science as opposed to learning a particular program," said Hughes.

Despite an emphasis on math, science and computer studies, the English department is arguably the strongest at Goldstein. "If you can't read and write, you can't do science and math," Hughes said. In one class, students reading Animal Farm were making parallels with the Soviet Union. Small groups had created information stations, with students traveling from one to another, taking notes and learning from everyone's research.

Literature and social studies lessons are frequently intertwined. In a global history class, students studied the Chinese Cultural Revolution by examining Mao Zedong's quotations, and photographs from the time.

Arts flourish too. There is a jazz band, a chorus and piano classes. Other electives include drama, ceramics and painting. Seniors work with incoming freshman to prepare for the annual SING! competition.

Girls have a strong voice in the school, making up roughly 55 percent of the population. They field winning PSAL sports teams, especially in volleyball, tennis and swimming. Overall, there's a nice mix of boys, girls and co-ed sports teams as well student-run clubs.

Goldstein is a long walk from the closest subway line and many students are driven to school by their parents.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school is more flexible with its academic screen when considering students with special needs. There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes in most grades, but by the later years, there is a move to integrate all students. The building is shared with a District 75 program for autistic students, some of whom are included in Goldstein classes.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: The majority of graduates go to SUNYs and CUNYs, with a high number enrolling in the prestigious Macauley Honors program, as well as selective private colleges, including Ivy League schools. 

ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide. Admission is based on a review of grades, state test scores, and records of attendance and punctuality. (Pamela Wheaton, April 2015; updated via web reports, July 2018)

 

 

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
94%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
87%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
94%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
89%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
78%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1011
Asian
24.0%
Black
8.0%
Hispanic
10.0%
White
57.0%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
50%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
1%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
8%
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
77%
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
66% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs and Admissions

Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

An enriching and challenging curriculum in the sciences and humanities that exceeds city and state requirements.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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Location

1830 Shore Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11235
Sheepshead Bay (District 22)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B1, B49

Contact

Phone
718-368-8500
Principal
Scott Hughes
Parent Coordinator
Debra Eng

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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