Williamsburg Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

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) 


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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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 2019-20 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
Teacher turnover rate
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide
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 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Contact & Location


198 Varet Street
Brooklyn NY 11206

Trains: L Line to Morgan Ave; J Line, M Line to Flushing Ave

Buses: B15, B43, B46, B47, B57, B60


Principal: Jahi Bashir


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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