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Brooklyn School for Social Justice, The

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

Our Insights

What’s Special

Social justice theme

The Downside

Poor attendance

At the Bushwick School for Social Justice, students learn about ways to overcome “inequities, biases, and oppression” in society. For example, an English teacher might have students answer the question “Does power corrupt?” by reading texts such as Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and Macbeth.  Students in a history class might put Christopher Columbus on trial to learn about genocide, colonization, disease, and the exploitation of the New World, according to the school website.

The school shares the Bushwick Educational Campus with other small schools. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter.

The school gets high marks on the Quality Review for its positive culture and the teamwork of the staff. However, student attendance is poor.

Admissions: In recent years the school has had seats for every students who applied. (Clara Hemphill, school website, DOE statistics, August 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 2019-20 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
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

Humanities and Interdisciplinary
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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

Collegiate Scholars
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Under the direction and sponsorship of various colleges and universities, The Brooklyn School for Social Justice (BSSJ) offers scholars the opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and transferable college credits. Our Scholars can enroll in the University in the High School Program (UHS) through SUNY-Albany. They can also qualify for the College Now Program through The City University of New York (CUNY), and other private colleges and universities.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Softball, 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: L Line, M Line to Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs
Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q55, Q58


Ana Marsh
Parent Coordinator
Alejandra Uribe Ortiz

Other Details

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

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