Strong leadership; lots of support for students
High rate of chronic absenteeism
Founded in 1992 as a safe alternative to large, failing schools nearby, EBC High School for Public Service-Bushwick (EBC) was created in response to community activism by East Brooklyn Congregations, a consortium of churches and homeowners' associations that works to rebuild communities in Brownsville, East New York, and Bushwick.
Shawn Brown has been EBC’s principal since 2011 and is credited with moving the school past a rough period marred by low performance and rapid turnover in leadership. These days most students graduate on time, including EBC’s large population of students with special needs and who are learning English. Teachers also give Brown high marks for being an effective leader, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey.
The administration and staff are trying to increase academic rigor, according to its annual Comprehensive Educational Plan. Teachers are infusing more group work and problem-solving into instruction rather than relying solely on the more traditional practice of leading a lesson while students take notes.
“Students produce meaningful work products and take part in discussions that reflect high levels of thinking and participation,” according to the school’s most recent Quality Review.
Students who are up to the challenge may take Advanced Placement courses and other college level classes on and off-site through partnerships with Long Island University, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn College and Columbia University.
Some challenges persist including many students who are chronically absent from school.
Learning extends beyond the classroom. Students get involved in community projects and activism such as securing funding from their local councilman to help spruce up a rundown section of Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn.
Teachers and staff do a good job at promoting a safe and inclusive environment for students, according to EBC’s most recent Quality Review. Students meet in small advisory groups lead by a staff member who keeps tabs on students’ academic and social-emotional growth and work with individual students who are struggling or falling behind.
ADMISSIONS: See MySchools. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Our school focuses on College & Career Readiness and Performing Arts. We believe in giving back to our community through serving those that may be less fortunate. We serve children through mentoring, paid internships, musical performances, tutoring, food drives, clothing drives for families, project-based learning initiatives and we partner with local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Contact & Location
1155 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
Trains: to Kosciusko St; to Central Av; to Myrtle Av
Buses: B15, B38, B46, B46-SBS, B47, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q24
This school is in its own building.