Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

School backs its college-readiness goal through a partnership with the College Board; championship basketball teams

The Downside

Many students still need remediation once they get to college; low attendance

Our Review

At Brooklyn Collegiate, a small secondary school, students dress in tidy uniforms with blazers or polo shirts sporting a badge proclaiming the school motto: "Home of the Urban Scholars." Founding Principal Amote Sias -- a confident and personable woman with a long history of teaching at one of the city's top high schools, Brooklyn Tech -- attempts to make college-ready scholars of all her students in a sleepy and somewhat gray section of Ocean Hill/Brownsville.

This is a challenge because many Brooklyn Collegiate students enter high school with reading and math scores that are below grade-level. The school works to bring up their achievement levels by offering tutoring during the school day, instead of after school, Sias said. College readiness programs aimed at mid-level students try to make sure everyone has access to college and not just high-achievers.

The school's partner, the College Board, provides test prep services and students begin practicing for college admissions tests freshman year, when everyone takes the PSAT. Sias said that in 2012, Brooklyn Collegiate students scored in the nation's top ten percent of African American males taking the PSAT.

More than half of Brooklyn Collegiate's graduates enroll in college after high school, according to Education Department statistics. Some top students go on to prestigious private colleges like Howard and St. John's, said Sias. But, unfortunately, most students do not leave the school with college-level skills - four in five 2008 graduates will need remediation in college, according to the DOE. The school also has low attendance rates -- only 83% of students were in school on any given day of the year in 2012, according to DOE statistics.

Sias says the school is "big on technology," and has more than 200 laptops. The computers allow students to take online courses and have blended in-person and online instruction for courses that are not in high demand at the small school. Calculus is one such course. In the past, there have not been enough students ready for calculus to offer the class but now, Sias says, advanced math students take calculus online. The school has a new science lab and offers visual arts, music and graphic arts, said Sias.

Brooklyn Collegiate sports teams have strong records. Both boys and girls basketball teams were champs in 2012: girls won their PSAL division and the boys clinched the citywide PSAL class A title and placed 2nd in the state basketball tournament. Step and dance teams from the school perform at Radio City Music Hall and the school's drumline is "second to none in the city," she said. Students may also play on the rugby team or run track.

Brooklyn Collegiate opened in 2004 with a middle school and a high school but, in 2012, the city decided to phase out the middle school due to its poor performance. Achievement First Brownsville Charter School, a 6-12 charter school, moved in to the former middle school space and shares the building.

College: More than half of Brooklyn Collegiate's graduates enroll in college after high school, according to Education Department statistics, many in CUNY schools. Some top students go to prestigious private colleges like Howard and St. John's, said Sias, and one 2013 grad won a full-ride POSSE scholarship to Lafayette College.

Admissions: Open citywide. (Catherine Man, visit April 2005; updated by Anna Schneider via interviews & DOE statistics, May 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
306
Asian
1.3%
Black
86.6%
Hispanic
10.5%
White
0.7%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
5%
Male
62%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Achievement First Brownsville Charter School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
50%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
40%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
47%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
77%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
81%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
75%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
66%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
16%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
14%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
54%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
86%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
72%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
40%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory HS: A College Board School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Students will learn to read complex texts and write in all content areas, using Pre-AP strategies. All students will be enrolled in Pre-AP courses beginning freshman year. Students are offered the opportunity to achieve an AP Capstone diploma, beginning with AP Seminar in their Freshman year followed by AP Research. Student leadership programs are available through the Brooklyn TRIO Program and the Leaders of Tomorrow program. Internships are available to all students in every content area.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Seminar, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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Location

2021 Bergen Street
Brooklyn NY 11233
Crown Heights (District 23)
Trains: A, J, L, Z to Broadway Junction; C to Rockaway Ave
Buses: B12, B14, B25, B45, B47, B60, B65, B7

Contact

Phone
718-922-1145
Principal
Heather Newman
Parent Coordinator
Lana Peterkin Creese

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