Brooklyn East Collegiate Uncommon Charter School
Orderly, high-achieving middle school
Strict discipline and long school day not for everyone
Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter, a middle school housed in PS 9 in Prospect Heights, is an orderly school with high expectations
Parents are expected to sign a contract in which they promise to get their children to school on time, check their homework, and ensure they follow the school rules.
Parents also promise to volunteer, to come to school if their child is suspended and to send their child to Saturday classes if he or she is failing a class, according to the school website.
The school day is extra long, with doors opening at 7:15 am for breakfast and classes ending at 4 pm, four days a week. Some students stay even later for tutoring or detention. The strict rules and oversight isnt for everyone: About one-third of the students responding to a school survey complained of unfair discipline.
Teachers say they would recommend the school to families amilies and teachers say there is frequent, good communication between school and home. The school fields several sports teams, including a championship-winning girls basketball team. However, parents and students would like to see more enrichment and sports activities, according to the school survey.
Brooklyn East Collegiate, opened in 2010, is affiliated with Uncommon Schools, which manages more than a dozen schools in Brooklyn. About half of the graduates attend the Uncommon Charter High School;others go to nearby high schools such as Bedford Academy or Benjamin Banneker.
Admissions:Lottery in April, with preference to District 13. (Pamela Wheaton, school website, DOE statistics, July 2017)
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Brooklyn NY 11238