Eagle Academy for Young Men II

Grades: 6-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Supportive environment geared to young men of color

The Downside

Students need remediation in college

One of six Eagle Academy schools, Eagle Academy for Young Men II, like its fellow schools, seeks to provide an academically strong, emotionally supportive environment for young men of color.

About 60 percent of Eagle II teachers are men, many of them black. Classes tend to be teacher-led and fairly traditional in style, but the curriculum is tailored to the students, with a focus on reading books by black authors and often using the works to discuss problems students see in their own community. Teachers also make use of popular culture, with one class, for example, looking at Magneto's advocacy for mutant rights in the X-Men movies. Because many students come from elementary schools where they were encouraged to be silent, Eagle II encourages class discussion using the Socratic method.

The school is divided into six houses, each named for a prominent man of color. Every day students eat breakfast with members of their house, who they stay with throughout their years in the school. A majority of students say the young men treat one another with respect and fights are rare. “The boys are really brothers," says principal Rashad Meade. "We don’t have the same level of animosity” as many other schools. While Eagle II enforces discipline and students wear a uniform, the school does not suspend students. “We are a school that understands the needs of young men, and we’re structured to support them,” Meade says.

The 6 to 12 school does not screen students for academics, and many 6th-graders come in below grade level, particularly in reading. For this reason, there is a strong focus on literacy. Middle school students have double periods of English, and their English teachers each have about 70 students, well below average for New York high schools. Test scores, though, remain below the city average, especially in reading.

While teachers spend some time in the spring preparing students for standardized tests, Meade says, test preparation “is not what we do. We focus on overall literacy and not the test.” He notes that many Eagle II 8th-graders who score below grade level on the state standardized test pass the English Regents, which usually is given in high school. Eighth-graders also take the algebra, U.S. history and living environment Regents, giving them a head start on high school.

Eagle II's graduation rate is high, and about three quarters of graduates go on to college. The college-readiness rate, however, is well below average, and Meade says many graduates struggle in college. The school is focusing on providing more demanding work to better prepare graduates “for the quality and quantity of work they will have to do in college,” according to its yearly education plan. The school offers a number of college-credit Advanced Placement classes.

Several Eagle II graduates are now working as paraprofessionals at the school and hope to go on to become teachers. Meade himself grew up in the projects in Queens and went on to teach at the first Eagle Academy in the Bronx, and he frequently shares his own experiences with students.

Eagle II offers internship programs, along with career and technical education (CTE) programs in barbering and in culinary arts. Some students divide their day between Eagle II and the half-day vocation programs at Co-op Tech. Eagle has a large sports program, including lacrosse, which is particularly popular.

The school provides an array of other supports, including a washer and dryer so students, some of whom are in temporary housing, can clean their uniforms. All incoming 6th-graders attend a one-week summer “bridge’’ program focusing on the Eagle II culture. The school, along with others in District 23, participates in the city’s Single Shepherd program, which assigns students a counselor who will stay with them throughout their school career,

Middle school students must remain at Eagle II until 4:30 p.m. The longer day is optional for high school students, but most of them take advantage of it. Many also attend the school’s Saturday program.

Located on a residential street sandwiched between busy Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, Eagle II shares its rather drab facility with two middle schools: Mott Hall IV and Ocean Hill Collegiate Uncommon Charter School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Eagle II offers both self-contained special-education classes and team-teaching classes with a combination of special education and general education students. Meade says the goal is to get as many students as possible out of the self-contained rooms and into team teaching. Special education students participate in the house program. The graduation rates for special education students is high.

ADMISSIONS: Middle school students are randomly selected with priority to students who express interest by signing in at a fair or open house. High school is open across Brooklyn with preference to continuing 8th-graders; most current students remain for high school, with a few slots available for incoming 9th-graders. (Gail Robinson, May 2018)    

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
75%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
33%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

620
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
77%
Students with disabilities
 
32%
Multilingual learners
 
1%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
91%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
82%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
57%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
12.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
99
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
72%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

 
3%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
17%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

Music

 
35%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
52%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
38%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
51%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Eagle Academy for Young Men II

Admissions Method: Open

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track

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

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Contact & Location

Location

1137 Herkimer Street
Brooklyn NY 11233

Trains: C Line to Rockaway Ave; J Line, Z Line to Chauncey S

Buses: B12, B20, B25, B45, B47, B60, B65, B7, Q24


Contact

Principal: Rashad Meade

Parent Coordinator: Heather Walls

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Mott Hall IV and Ocean Hill Collegiate Uncommon Charter

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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