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Teachers Preparatory High School

Grades: 9-12
226 Bristol Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-498-2605

Our Insights

What’s Special

Double-dutch champions; students grow vegetables

The Downside

Attendance is poor

At Teachers Preparatory High School, students may tutor younger children at nearby elementary schools, study visual and performing arts, or plant vegetables in community gardens as part of an urban farming program called EATS.

The school, which shares a building with Frederick Douglass Academy VII, has a nicely renovated science lab, a library, art studio, gymnasium, fitness room, dance studio and outdoor sports fields. Students may visit a sleep-away camp called Frost Valley. 

Founded in 2002 as combined middle and high school, Teacher’s Prep graduated its last 8th grade class in 2019 and became a standalone high school, due to growing numbers of public and charter middle schools in the area, according to parent coordinator Tracy Cooper.

The high school has added a computer science course and requires all students to take four years of math and science, Cooper said. Students are groomed to be leaders. Once a week, trained juniors and seniors meet with small groups of 6 to 8 freshmen to provide support, because “statistics show 9th grade is the grade that makes or breaks a student’s high school experience,” she said. 

Attendance is poor, however. More than half the students miss a month or more of school. Cooper said some students live in temporary housing and some travel a distance to get to school. The school makes phone calls and home visits and has incentives like “dress down” days (no uniforms) to encourage students to come to school.

Most teachers say the school is safe and orderly but some students have concerns about safety in the building, surveys show. Cooper said lockers and hallways are always supervised and adults do their best to keep track of students in stairwells between classes.

The school shares sports teams with FDA VII. The female double-dutch team has won the citywide championship several times.

Special education: More than one third of the students have disabilities. Older students are placed in programs to help them develop skills and earn certificates they can use to find jobs after high school. Some work in the building, at their church or in community organizations. Some work in a culinary arts program in another building to learn to be chefs, Cooper said. 

Admissions: There has been room for all applicants in recent years. The school’s website has a “virtual tour.”  (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, December 2018) 


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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
36% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

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

Teachers Preparatory High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

College- and career-readiness program that prepares students to transition in all careers especially in the arts and teaching.

Teacher's Preparatory HS ACES 12:1:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Rockaway Ave
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7


Carmen Simon
Parent Coordinator
Tracie Cooper

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS
Metal detectors?

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