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Williamsburg Charter High School

Grades: 9-12
198 Varet Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-782-9830

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice variety of arts; Latin instruction

The Downside

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) 


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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
Teacher turnover rate
35% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Contact & Location


Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L Line to Morgan Ave; J Line, M Line to Flushing Ave
Buses: B15, B43, B46, B47, B57, B60


Jahi Bashir

Other Details

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

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