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Acorn Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 731 students

 

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Posted July 12, 2013

This school is the worst ! I'm a actual student going into my senior year & staff and teachers doesn't want you too progress in school, they let you do whatever you want no discipline corporates at all. The principal stays in her office 24/7 and never is there when you need even the guidance counselor. I hate this school. Please don't send your kids here! If you look at the graduation rate it is very very low so that should tell you alot. If I knew what I knew then about this school and had a earlier transfer I would've but it was already too late. School is infested with "ghetto kids" and bugs everywhere . There are fights almost every week and a lot of kids get bullied, the punishment is never harsh kids will return to school within five days or less. This school is very unfair. Board of Ed should really take a look into this school and and shut it down.


Posted June 25, 2011

I am an actual student unsupervised by any teachers. so i can tell you the truth about the school. The good: You can do well if you work hard, supportive staff, after school tutoring provided, and community service help available. The bad: the school used to be a factory and is very old, a lot of "ghetto" kids, lack of athletic programs, and overly crowded staircases and hallways that may make you late. Summary: The school is pretty good but just make sure that you associate yourself with the right people and take work seriously.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2009

Acorn community high school is a very good school. We are a community who work together to try and make all things possable. Together we achieve the impossable. We are the leaders of tommrow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

this school has a great atmosphere that makes u fell invted. I have been going to this school for about 3 years and has felt accepted by the staff and the students. Acorn has many choices of of classes that makes this school unique, like computers and a chess class. overall this school makes you feel accepted and makes you want to came to it
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

This school has a lot of activities that are fun. Students can give ideas to the activites and help think of different fund raisers to be able to have the activities. Acorn has great teachers that can help students inside and outside of class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

i think this is the best school because it is a place where kids can get a good education and feel at home at the same time because of the way that the staff and the students treat eachother.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

I love coming to Acorn because it a school that is incredibly caring and friendly. I always feel comfortable in Acorn, and I love how the teachers act like good friends. Your never left out of anything in schools and they always have fun afterschool activities. There should never be a problem because the teachers help you get your work done, and always help you to correct a problem. Acorn is also a college driven school, they always push me toward college, whether i want to or not. But they made me want to, because they halped me out tremendously. Acorn is a great school to prepare a student for college, and every student should go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

Can you say lacking academic rigor? My son is a freshman at Acorn Community and rarely is he asigned homework. I have talked to the teachers and administrators about it and this just doesn't seem to be a priority. In addition, my child in elementary school, taking similar classes, receives more chanllenging work then my son in high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

i hate this school Its the worst Ive attended acorn community high school for 3 years Not once did I learn anything Everything I ever learned i ahd to apply myselff on the internet at home or go to the ibrary outside of the school the ibrary in the schol only allows you to go for 40 minutes and thats during your lunch period IF its open they say its 0 peri0d but then have unexpected SUPRISE TEACHER MEETINGS that school is horrible && i dont advise any body t go to it seriously the achers don thave tlc .. tender loving care when they tear... they moto is whether u learn or not i still get paid at the en dof that day
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2007

I think this school is one of the best New York City has to offer.
—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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
17%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
20%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
44%
Global History and Geography

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%
Integrated Algebra

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

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

10 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%
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 Students20%
Female19%
Male21%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant20%

Chemistry

All Students53%
Femalen/a
Male56%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant53%

Earth Science

All Students23%
Female24%
Male21%
African American22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities14%
General population25%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant23%

English

All Students57%
Female64%
Male50%
African American57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities24%
General population64%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%

Geometry

All Students34%
Female45%
Male23%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities20%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant34%

Global History and Geography

All Students55%
Female49%
Male60%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities15%
General population63%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%

Integrated Algebra

All Students60%
Female64%
Male58%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities30%
General population67%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%

Living Environment

All Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
African American49%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities17%
General population58%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English51%
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 Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities16%
General population49%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant43%
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 "A" 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 2 85% 19%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
White 1 1% 48%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 287%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 21%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 7%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
  • Science

Language learning

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

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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents13221%
Students37959%
Teachers4191%

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
  • MS. ANDREA PIPER

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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  • Medical
  • Science
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • 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 - B25, B26, B44, B45, B48, B49, B52, B65, B69. Subways - 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum; C, F to Franklin Av; S to Park Place
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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561 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: (718) 789-2258

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