Williamsburg Charter High School
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Nice variety of arts; Latin instruction
Teachers complain about discipline and order
Founded in 2004, Williamsburg Charter High School was designed to offer a demanding curriculum, including two years of Latin and four years of math and science, in a neighborhood with few options for college-bound students. Some teachers have concerns about discipline and order, however, and few students take higher-level math and science courses.
The school faces challenges. Many incoming students have fallen behind in middle school. The school offers an extended day (until 4:10 pm most days), and students may stay after school to catch up on credits. All 9th graders are required to take a literacy course to strengthen their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, according to the school website. There is a reading specialist on staff.
While most students say they feel safe in school, more than a third of the teachers say discipline and order are not maintained on school surveys. Some report the principal is not an effective manager. Enrollment dropped from 1022 students in 2012 to 947 in 2018.
On the positive side, the school is in a bright modern building in an industrial area of Bushwick with windows in every classroom. It offers an array of arts and sports. A video on the school website shows students in chorus, drama, ceramics, 3D design, musical theater and other electives.
Admissions: Students are admitted by lottery. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 2019)