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Brooklyn Scholars Charter School

Charter | K-6 | 392 students

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $305,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,330.

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Posted January 6, 2014

This school has a very difficult task ahead of them. I agree that there is a lack of disipline protocol at this school. The principal is very dedicated to making the school great but faces huge challenges, especially high teacher turnover. I have been lucky to get the best teacher in each grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

This is a tough neighborhood and the challenges this school faces are huge. Discipline is a big problem. Physical violence is common. There aren't consequences and the students understand this. Also, teacher turnover is very high. If you're lucky and you happen to get your child in a classroom with a great teacher, great, but you just can't count on it. Several classes have gone through 3 teachers this year alone. The majority of hires are first year teachers, and the salary is lower than public schools. So the teachers who stick it out and do a great job are saints. The administration is positive and wants the school and students to succeed, but the school is definitely struggling, and things are not improving. Hopefully they will.


Posted July 24, 2013

My daughter has been a student at this school for 2 years and I love it! While I agree that some of the teachers are not quite as experienced as I would like them to be, I think that the deans and the principal do their job in helping the teachers and correcting them when necessary. It is important that parents understand that YOU are your child's first teacher. If they have behavior issues or if they are not growing academically then you must ask yourself "What am I doing or not doing in this case?" I would recommend this school to EVERYONE! If you're a parent that is involved in your child's academic life, there's no reason your child would not succeed here. The support system at Brooklyn Scholars is great. I encourage parents to try it for themselves. Remember your children are only as great as YOU make them. Teachers are there to enforce the values and morals that YOU have already put into your child and hopefully they are all good things. If YOU don't put anything in, then you cannot expect to get anything out. Once good morals and values have been taught to any child, being academically successful is not a struggle. BSCS Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

This school is ok but I would not recommend it. I went with this school for the mere fact that they endorse high quality education, leadership, discipline, and excellence. I have had nothing with problems with this school since my daughter started Kindergarten Fall 2012. They do not discipline well and do not have a real strategic analytical way of handling it. They suspend 5 yr old kindergardeners for not listening! If a 5 yr old had a tantrum, which most small children do, they consider that to do harm to themselves and others. Another means for suspension. It is ridiculous. They do not handle social behavioral skills at all. The education is ok. I think way too much HW for kindergarten and project assignments they are incapable of doing so parents are doing them, literally. eg. Take pictures of objects in your community that are shaped like letters. If you have a small child that has a hard time with self control, listening and just being a 5 yr old, don't enroll, they don't have the patience nor the expertise with very young teachers straight out of college, and deans that are the worse with very little guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Although this school has been highly rated it is clear that there are some problems especially with leadership! The principal is new and does not have a clue as to what she is doing! Several new teachers left this year and the classes have been without a permanent teacher for a few months. The children and their needs are not being adequately met in this setting.


Posted August 20, 2010

My daughter is currently is a student (5th Grade)..... and loves her school. The teachers are excellent. Strong communications between staff and parents. The Principal, Dean & other Staff members are phenomenal.....they actually know each child by their first names..............
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students31%
Female32%
Male30%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant31%

Math

All Students43%
Female44%
Male43%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students11%
Female9%
Male11%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population12%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English11%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%

Math

All Students17%
Female12%
Male20%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population19%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Science

All Students85%
Female84%
Male87%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students6%
Female7%
Male4%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English6%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%

Math

All Students12%
Female11%
Male13%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students16%
Female16%
Male14%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant16%

Math

All Students23%
Female25%
Male21%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 79% 19%
Hispanic 2 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
White 2 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 189%N/A43%
Female 148%N/A49%
Male 152%N/A51%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 50%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 6%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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7.9
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 
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This school
7.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

Students

This school

 
6.2
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents9524%
Students52100%
Teachers521%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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Brooklyn, NY 11208
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