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EBC High School for Public Service - Bushwick

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
1155 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-452-3440

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong leadership; lots of support for students

The Downside

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: Top priority goes to District 32 students and residents. The school typically has space for students from other priority groups.Admission is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average-, and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, 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 2018-19 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 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

Public Service
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.


Language Courses


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

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

Contact & Location


Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: J Line to Kosciusko St; M Line to Central Ave; Z Line to Myrtle Ave
Buses: B15, B38, B46, B46-SBS, B47, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q24


Shawn Brown
Parent Coordinator
Samary Trinidad

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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