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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. (Gail Robinson, May 2018)    

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
92% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
85% Citywide Average
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Eagle Academy for Young Men II (L65A)

Admissions Method: Open


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Uncredited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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


1137 Herkimer Street
Brooklyn NY 11233

Trains: A Line, C Line to Rockaway Av; J Line, Z Line to Chauncey St

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


Principal: Rashad Meade

Parent Coordinator: Heather Walls


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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