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EBC High School for Public Service - Bushwick

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

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)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


1155 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221

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


Principal: Shawn Brown

Parent Coordinator: Samary Trinidad


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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