Edmund W. Gordon Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School

Grades: 6-10

Our Insights

What’s Special

Variety of enrichment classes

The Downside

Too soon to say

Brooklyn Lab Charter High School is an extension of the middle school of the same name. Unlike some charter schools, Brooklyn Lab admits students on every grade level depending on space.

The school offers a revolving menu of enrichment classes thay may include robotics, dance, computer programming, performing and visual arts and journalism and debate. 

Founded as a middle school in 2014, the school won a $10 million grant in a nationwide contest sponsored by the Emerson Collective, the philanthropic organization attached to Apple Inc., to open a high school in 2017.

This location houses both middle and high school students. Most classrooms have two teachers. Recent college graduates, called fellows, offer small group instruction and enrichment for two hours in the middle school. The day runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (except Wednesdays, which end at 1:15 pm so teachers can plan). The high school day runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Children, called scholars, are frequently pulled out of the classroom for one-on-one help. "Because everyone, not just struggling students, gets extra help, it reduces the stigma children might feel," said Dr. Eric Tucker, Brooklyn Lab Charter co-founder and director.

The school has a thoughtful approach to training teachers. Some fellows become teachers in residence, and the school pays for their graduate education. Erin Mote, co-founder of the school (and Tucker's wife), organizes the steady flow of teachers-in-training through the foundation called InnovateEDU. 

Brooklyn Lab Charter has two locations tucked away in a corner of downtown Brooklyn, close by the Manhattan Bridge entrance ramp. The Flatbush Avenue Extension building, shared with City Tech, houses most of the classrooms; a site, a block away on Jay Street, has most of the after school activities. Part of the middle school and the high school is located at 77 Sands Street.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery, preference to District 13. In its early years there has been space for students from outside the district and even the borough. Unlike many charters, Brooklyn Lab accepts students at every grade level, even after the school year has started. "Back-filling keeps us honest," says Tucker. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2017; high school update, web reports, January 2019)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
18%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

301
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
76%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
100%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
69%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
4.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

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

Music

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

School
Citywide
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by 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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

77 Sands Street, 2nd floor
Brooklyn NY 11201

Trains: F Line to York St; A Line, C Line to Jay St-MetroTech; 2 Line, 3 Line to Clark St; 4 Line, 5 Line, R Line to Court St-Borough Hall

Buses: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B69, B103


Contact

Principal: Eric Tucker, Phd

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Brooklyn LAB Charter School.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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