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Fort Hamilton High School

Public | 8-12 & ungraded | 4261 students

 

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Posted May 23, 2014

My son is a freshman in the Fort Hamilton High School's Honors Program. This is a demanding rigorous program that expects alot from students - my son routinely has between two and three hours of homework each night. I like that this program does a great job of preparing the students for college. For example, my son is taking Public Speaking this semester and this is an extremely important useful trait. I have seen him grow in confidence in this class as the year has progressed. I also like how the school makes the teachers available to provide the students with additional help if it is needed during free periods or after-school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

Do not cut class, it will be the worst year you would have trust me. This school is great, some people say its bad, but its up to you if you want a good year make good choices. ;)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2013

I loved this school. So many teams including track,basketball,golf,tennis,softball,handball,soccer, and more. The leadership program is club that will look good in your transcript if you join it. The guidance counselers don't do much but tell you sorry I can't do anything there are too many students in this school. And the library is where I recommend you to go in lunch because the lunch room is too humid and crowded from periods 5-7. The school Is diverse there are hispanics,blacks,Arabs,whites, asian and everyone! Some teachers are nice some arent. The school looks clean in the hallways but the classes have a lot of dust especially the gym. Over all it's good. All schools have ups and downs and it's nice and comforting here. Just join clubs like model UN. And anything that will get you busy.


Posted August 7, 2012

All teacher is nice. We are the tiger school is very strong to win all the thing in the sport.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2012

About the honors program I know it's more challenging than the regular classes,but can someone ( preferably in the honors ) specify the daily routine of a honors freshman thanks. And talk about the teachers and students.thankssss'!!


Posted March 3, 2012

this school is great i am a freshman and i love it here. the environment is very friendly and the teachers are nice and help you out a lot. im in the honors and the students are all smart and if you have any academic problems they have free tutoring one on one and Saturday academy which is pretty cool. they have a lot of teams and clubs, the teammates are very friendly, you become a one big family . this year Fort Hamilton made into the top 50 public schools which i am very proud of since the school is over populated, the principal and the staff really do a good job to keep the school one of the best. the teachers and the coaches really push you to your full potential. i love this school cz i really connected with the students and the teachers. if i had to suggest a high school it would be Fort Hamilton. GO TIGERS!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2011

Amazingly I had reviewed this school in 2010 and let me tell you what a difference a year makes! While my son originally excelled in all areas, he met with a teacher who "had issues" with him...talk about holding grudges! She did everything in her power to destroy everything he worked for and ensured that he was going to fail her class no matter he did. All areas of his work suffered because of ONE teacher who was allowed to bully and berate him. She had it in her head that she would fail him and she did. BRAVO teach!!! Great job! You should be proud of yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

im a sophomore in this school. So far its been academically ok due to the fact that this school is more sporty than learny. some teachers are awsome and are really nice while some hold a grudge for no apparrent reason. The students treat others with respect. But are lacking from learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2011

this school is horrible. do NOT go here. your better of in telecommunications. just today in fort some girl splashed acid in another girls face & now her head, face, & eyes were burned. not only that but other stuff happens here too, its education is okay but it is really violent & its graduation rate is extremely low, like 60%.


Posted March 21, 2010

My daughter has grown so much at the Ft. There are so many opportunties to develop skills, make friends and develop leadeship skills. There is many terrific things about a big school. I work in a small school and wish we could offer half the oppotunites that are available here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

Its an Excellent school. i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2009

i luv fort.. its such a good school of sports and academics. =)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Fort hamilton high school is a great school to go to and is the biggest in New York, It has alot of electives and wonderous classes to take.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

My son is a military dependent. He came to Fort Hamilton as a transfer freshman student. We were so worried that he would somehow just become a number at the Fort. We thought as a military bratt he would somehow not fit in. However, my son excelled with the help of fellow students and great teachers. He is now a senior who is graduating having been involved in the arts (Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, musicals, plays, sports). He is an A student. It is a great school and I encourage anyone going to High School to come see for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I love the teachers there because they teach you how to really think deeply about thngs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I am so proud of the art and music programs we offer as well as the range of sports teams. Diversity makes us strong.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 1, 2009

I love the Flaggirls! They're basically the best in the district, and like the best in brooklyn. Fort Hamilton's great variety of clubs and teams are to die for. I think it's a great place to be and there are always counselors and advisors there to help you. Either for college search help, or peer mediation, Fort Hamilton adults and students are always there for one another
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

Great learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

It is the best school. Best football team
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

It has everything you need: tons of extracurricular activities, honors program, tutoring, clubs, equipment, etc.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

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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

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Science

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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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

609 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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72%

2011

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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59%

2011

 
 
62%
Earth Science

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

601 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
36%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

1401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
81%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

34 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

765 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
81%

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81%
Global History and Geography

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

1101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

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79%
Integrated Algebra

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

1096 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%
Living Environment

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

1164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
93%

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94%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

374 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

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

1098 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%
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 Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities38%
General population70%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant69%

Chemistry

All Students58%
Female58%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population58%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant58%

Earth Science

All Students42%
Female36%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities19%
General population47%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

English

All Students69%
Female74%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities40%
General population73%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities70%
General population84%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Global History and Geography

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities24%
General population71%
English language learners52%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities41%
General population86%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Living Environment

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities29%
General population73%
English language learners49%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Physics

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners100%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities33%
General population83%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 "B" 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
White 1 34% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 30% 9%
Hispanic 2 30% 23%
Black 1 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A43%
Source: 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 58%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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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

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

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents169143%
Students305072%
Teachers14466%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. KAYE HOULIHAN

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B16, B4, B70. Subways - R to 86th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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8301 Shore Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11209
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