Edmund W. Gordon Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School

Grades: 6-12

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
 
95%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
18%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
75%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
88%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

264
Number of students
611 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
78%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
33%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
15%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
90%
4.0
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
27%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report
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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