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Midwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 3854 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2013

If you're in the zoned program,you're looked down upon by teachers,staff,and students in the gifted programs. The school is sort of racially segregated. The blacks and hispanics are in the zoned program while the whites and asians are in the specialized programs. The hallways are very overcrowded and you'll arrive late to most of your classes. Teachers cant really help you because of the large amount of students they deal with,so if you're struggling in a class,it's up to you and your parents to fix that. Some of the teaches dont know how to control a class and the kids just go crazy. I've had a couple of good classes where the teacher is good and students are polite but the out of control classes I've had out number that ratio. This school has many sports and after school clubs. Overall this school is only great if you're in the specialized/gifted programs. When you're in the zoned program it's not very good. The school should look more into improving the zoned programs and not make us feel like we're inferior or lower class to the gifted kids. I would not send my kids to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2013

Loved my experience at midwood. Considering the limited funding and overcrowding I think the teachers really did their best. I felt very prepared for college and later grad school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2013

It's ok but I think it's soo crowded. I ask the teachers for help and they sometimes say no. Most of them don't notice their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2011

When I attended Midwood High School, at first it was a bit intimidating. To attend a public High School with 5000+ individuals in the program at first glance seemed like it would be a challenge however that was one of the best parts of the school - its diversity. I cannot begin to tell you how many friends I had made from various backgrounds and mentalities. This school has definitely forged a lot of lifelong relationships that mean the world to me. Secondly, in terms of the academics if this were to be evaluated as it relates to the specialized high school test, Midwood would come right there with the other "major schools" (Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, etc).
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2011

As an alumni of Midwood HighSchool, I have a lot of good memories to hold onto. Most of my teachers were all very memorable and efficient. I recall working very hard, and it paid off, as it was reflected in grades. In the Medical Science Program, my teachers were resourceful and even though the work level may have been intense at times, the teachers made it interesting and I can look back at high school knowing it was a success and helped me get to where I am today. Also, even though the school is incredibly crowded, I felt the different schedules for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors made the process relatively smooth and organized.


Posted November 22, 2010

I would say that high school was one of the most important times in my life, and Midwood High made sure of that. I am now a junior at Cornell University, majoring in Chemistry and soon graduating, then returning to Cornell to obtain my Master's in the Arts of Teaching to hopefully go back to Midwood and teach Chemistry, Physics, and Math there. It is a phenomenal high school where students are listened to, and they have a special relationship with their students. Though students might be concerned about the school size, I want to reassure them that their students still have plenty of time to interact with parents and form life-long friendships they'll never forget. Also, Midwood offers many AP courses, their athletics department is great, and students can explore other facets of their life that they have interest in. Midwood is one of the best overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2010

In my four years at Midwood HS, I came to realize how excellent the school is academically and in promoting extra-curricular activites. Not only was I able to participate in the Science Institute program but also participates in various sports teams. All throughout the process, I saw how dedicated the teachers, coaches and counselors were in making sure that I was performing at a high level. They were very approachable and understanding with me and others. I highly recommend Midwood HS to all the students & their parents living in the Brooklyn area.


Posted November 18, 2009

This school is spot on. My daughter had wanted to join Madison at first but got in to Midwood and is now very happy she did. The teachers are easy to approach. I hope my other children get to go to this school when it's their turn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

The sports department is awesome! Go Midwood Hornets!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

I loveeeeeee Midwood because they have so many things you can do. if you love to sing they have sing and a gospel group. if you into sports they have so many different types you must find one you are good at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

my school is awesomeeeee!!! great academic programs, great football games, funny teachers..what more can i ask for? =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

I love Midwood persoally everyone is their too help its such a diverse school everyone is helpful and its such a clean and helping places
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

It is perfect school for academic careers and it shows many oppurtunities for students to have them pay more attention to Midwood. I love it and I am proud to be a student in Midwood High School. P.S. The teachers are also awesome and they make lessons relating to everyday life! :D What more could you possibly want???
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 20, 2009

Midwood is the best school ever!!!!!!!!!! teachers are great and they help you if you need help. Our library is state of the art and it is the top high school in the region.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

the most diverse school ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

friends an d teachers are so nice! learn so much in here even though im a freshman, but i already love midwood so much!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

I love midwood because they have wonderful kind teachers/staff. Also there are many activities and clubs you can join that would b fun and beneficial to your education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I love midwood high school because everyone there is so nice and its just a very welcoming school and you just wont feel judged. Everyone is doing good, no fights and everyone is just plain nice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Midwood is the best institution for learning after junior high they well prepare you for college despite their lack of funds and have dedicated teachers who make sure u understand and remember material by either finding easy ways for u to remember or by bringing in videos or games that relate to the topic.at Midwood they believe you can do so much sometimes their expectations are higher then your actual ability and the grading is sometimes harsh but it is a loving atmosphere with the family affect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

My school, Midwood High School in my opinion is the best high school in Brooklyn. The school staff ensures that every student is offered and provided with the necesary skills to suceed. MIDWOOD!!!!!!!!
—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.

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.

813 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

593 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Earth Science

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

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

1023 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

905 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%
Global History and Geography

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

999 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%
Integrated Algebra

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

854 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

884 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

592 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

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

916 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students66%
Female71%
Male58%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant66%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities65%
General population75%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

English

All Students87%
Female91%
Male80%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities48%
General population88%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Geometry

All Students81%
Female83%
Male76%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities30%
General population81%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Global History and Geography

All Students78%
Female83%
Male71%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities27%
General population80%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%

Integrated Algebra

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities59%
General population88%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Living Environment

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
General population87%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Physics

All Students82%
Female82%
Male84%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities57%
General population88%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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.

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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 35% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 32% 9%
White 21% 48%
Hispanic 12% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 14%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 144%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

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

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical

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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Based on 3667 responses

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents61917%
Students290076%
Teachers14881%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. DAVID COHEN

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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

Transportation options
  • Busses - B103, B11, B41, B44, B49, B6, B8, Q35. Subways - 2, 5 to Brooklyn College - Flatbush Av
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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2839 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210
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Phone: (718) 724-8500

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