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Boys and Girls High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1597 students

 

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Posted February 1, 2012

While our principal is a great and fearless, leader as a parent this motivates me 100%. My child is a freshman and has a wealth of caring teachers. I look forward to keeping our parents engaged., and helping our principle to bring positive change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

Another thing about this school that tells me they are trying to close this school is that no student can bring home a text book . How is my child goind to complete with schools like brooklyn tech if my child can bring home his text book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

it's alright for the most part i will apreciated if the teacher were more involved with contacting the parents more often rather than just on open school nights
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

I think BGHS is a very good school which helps student succeed
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2010

Im A Student At BGHS &* ii Feel That This School Has Helped Me Alot With The Problems I Have &* With Many Other Things..The Teachers At The School Respect Us For Who We Are &* They Dont Judge Us By Color Or Class...ii Feel Thiis Schol Will Take Me Where i Need 2tO Go &* Help 2tO Better The Decisions ii Make iin Liife
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2009

Wait one minute. I am a hard working teacher that has worked at BGHS for years. I come to class prepared and expect my students to do the same. I too stay up late preparing for my classes. I love what I do and the students I teach. I am accessible to parents and students. The key is to be consistent and clear with expectations. Most parents and students appreciate that. BGHS has lots to offer and in a genuine family environment. BTW there are many more like me at BGHS.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 19, 2008

My child is a senior, and three of my family members graduated from Boys and Girls. I rate this school ... Not A Problem At All! If you are an involved parent - YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY ISSUES with your child receiving a good education from this school. B's & G's is a HUGE place, and if you are not on top of your child and sometimes the teachers - your child will fall through the cracks. This is why open school night and contacting your childs teacher is important. When a teacher see that the parent cares - Teachers Care More! Boys and Girls is a really a good school and the comments that I read seem to come from parents and students who have other issues than Boys and Girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

I can see why it's looked down upon.Teachers fail students and don't make any effort to promote success as a priority afterward. AP classes are far below standards. I wouldn't recommend ever considering you sending your children there, for their sakes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2008

this school is a waste of time and a childs future i am a senior that didnt get help from the teachers at all i helped myself and still made it towhere i am today thank god im leaving b.g.h.s this june for good class of 08 parents dont send ur child here if u really want the best for them and their safety
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2008

I went to this school in my freshman and spohmore years. I didnt learn anything nor did this school notice us by our name they new us numbers I really didnt like this school, now i am a senior at an school in South Carolina were i will be graduating on the A honor roll
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

this school does nothing to prepare their students for their future at all. The teachers are biased towards certain students and grades them based on that. Students too often neglect their education and spend too much time focusing on outside influence rather than doing homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

Great School, helpful teachers and staff. This is a no nonsense kind of school. Focused on achievement. Safe around school perimeter and indoors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2008

I'm a parent of a Junior, I am never able to get in contact with her counselor. The requirements for my child to be able to attend college is overlooked and minized. The school simply don't care about the students future, as long as they cas ship them out from their site.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2007

I'm a student of Boys and Girls High School and I must agree with the outraged parents. The school doesn't do it's best to put children in their required classes. Teachers are much too lenient and the disciplinary system is atrocious.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

This school is not worth rating at all, my child has been in this school and learn nothing. I don't know why this school is still open. First of all it's not safe for your children to attend this school. The staff there not helpfull at all. I'm taking my child out ASAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

This school has no concern of sort for 'regular students', and appears to put excess pressure on their honour kids. Discipline method is unsatisfactory for the most part. I will not miss seeing late students sitting in the auditorium, writing lines.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 22, 2005

This school has changed so much as when I graduated in 1985. My son just graduated in June 2005. The new principal when I graduated was Mr. Mickens. Now my son graduated and there is a another new principal, Mr. Holder. Which has been there for a long time also. I always felt safe at the school. My son has a problem (with bullies) and it was resolve as soon as I brought it to the table. There are many dedicated teachers that are still there after I left. My sons had some of my teachers. Many various sports available. I loved the school while I attended and so did my son. The principal, Mr. Holder is going to do a great job and keep the school positive in all aspects like it always been since Mr. Mickens took over. Many blessing to the school all year through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

this school is great for discipline and academics but it lacks in socilization skills. rules by staff members have been broken when it comes to respect, responsibility and parenting skills. In a learning institue everyone shares in the responsibility in education the student, staff and parents. boys and girls high school feel as if they and them alone makes the rules on who could get educated and how. not all children learn the same, live the same nor act the same and they should be treated as an individual. it appears if your child is not part of the sports they are not counted. my experience as a parent with this school will be nothing I would forget for a long time. And never have a issue that needs to be handle in the school you must bring someone from the outside to get anything done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

This school has done miracles for me and my daughter Shytavia. She was always a good girl but since she has been doing her thing in Boys and Girls she has excelled to another level. She has been on the Honor roll twice and been bringing home good grades. I recommend this school to anyone who has a child that is willing to work hard and succeed to excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2004

I am currently enrolled in BGHS and I must say that my years at 'the High' have been prosperous. Firstly, I did not wish to go to BGHS because I had heard that it was really bad. Parents and potiential students, it would be wise to disregard that notion. BGHS is one of the safest places for a strong student to be. In the school, he or she will meet with competition and will be rewarded for any form of excellence. There are constant Honor Roll Breakfasts and Dinners, and there are clubs such as Arista for students with an average of above 80. In addition to the honor socities, BGHS offers honor classes and AP courses for students. Also, there are various extracurricular activities such as track and field, football, debate team, culture club, etc.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
42%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
66%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

7 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
26%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
15%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
35%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

628 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students27%
Femalen/a
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant27%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
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 Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students53%
Female46%
Male61%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%

English

All Students52%
Female56%
Male50%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities12%
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%

Geometry

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%

Global History and Geography

All Students44%
Female46%
Male42%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities6%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%

Integrated Algebra

All Students45%
Female42%
Male46%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities11%
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant45%

Living Environment

All Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities22%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant49%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
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 Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities9%
General population45%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant39%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass 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

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 91% 19%
Hispanic 1 7% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
White 2 1% 48%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 165%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 56%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

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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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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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15114%
Students38435%
Teachers4871%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. BERNARD GASSAWAY

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B15, B25, B26, B43, B46, B47, B65. Subways - A, C to Utica Av
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1700 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Phone: (718) 467-1700

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