Bushwick School for Social Justice, The

Grades 9-12
400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11237
Phone: 718-381-7100

Our Insights

What’s Special

Cohesive staff committed to social justice.

The Downside

Students must pass through metal detectors

The Bushwick School for Social Justice has a cohesive staff committed to fostering students' social and emotional development as well as their academic progress. Housed in an air-conditioned annex of the Bushwick High School complex, the small school is set apart from the other small schools that share the building, the Academy of Urban Planning and Academy for Environmental Leadership. Mark Rush became principal in 2009, replacing Terry Byam who had been at the school since it opened in 2003.

Relations between students and teachers are warm. A high proportion of students responding to a 2011 DOE survey said their teachers inspire them to learn, and 100 percent of teachers responding to the survey said order and discipline are maintained at the school. The school offers parent workshops with tips on how to raise teens, and a full-time social worker is on hand to help students with any problems they may have. The school make a particular effort to encourage students to apply to college, and more than 80 percent of graduates do fill out college applications.

Although the staff makes a concerted effort to make students feel safe inside the building, the poor reputation of the old Bushwick High School, which closed in 2006, lingers. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter.

Admissions: The school, open to Brooklyn residents, plans to grow by a grade every year. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information meeting with their parents. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, September 2011)

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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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Directory Details

Programs and Admissions

Humanities and Interdisciplinary
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

A challenging program with emphasis on addressing social justice issues around our community and the nation.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle Ave-Wyckoff Ave
Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58


Ana Marsh
Parent Coordinator
Frances Carrasco

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Bushwick Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?


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