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School For Legal Studies

Public | 9-12 | 753 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2013

Principal sets up a toxic working environment in which the only incentive for good performance is that people will not be fired. High teacher turnover rate. Poor student attendance. Lack of parental involvement.


Posted June 27, 2013

Principal has established a negative environment. -School lost more than 10 teachers/administrators, all of whom say that they left because they didn't like the principal or because she fired them, unfairly (that's about 25 percent of faculty). -Many students don't know she is the principal because she spends most of her time in her office. -Parents aren't involved in the school as is not a welcoming person. -60 student percent attendance. She has offered no strategy to address this issue. -Most of her feedback to faculty and staff is negative. She offers no incentive for good performance. -Overall negative school atmosphere, or, as many employees say, "toxic environment". -Under her leadership, the majority of the state evaluations of the school have been a "D" rating on a scale from A - F.


Posted November 15, 2010

My son has been in this school for four years. For the first 2 years it proved to be an ok school. Nothing special as far as educating the children and the staff seem stretch to it's limit. This last year so far has prove very stressful. My son actually was told he was suspended for having chinese food but the crazy things was that the teacher who suspended him had the audacity to put his hands in his food and ate it. I was upset beyond belief. I was educated through to NYC school system and have never heard of such disrespecting, humiliating and digusting thing ever happening in my life. I spoke to the prinicipal and will let you what comes out of this. Also, I have contacted the NYC Board of Education. This school will not be around for long if they continuously ignore and employ the bottom of the barrel as teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

i really like this school but why give summer school to students and passed all of there other classes but one class last marking period
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2010

this school is a school you have fun in for your freshmen year then tranfer because you wont learn anything in that school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2010

I thought this school would have been a positive experience for my daughter, we were so happy when she got accepted. It looks like we will have to transfer out. We are really so sad that we may have no other option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

This school needs a lot of improvement. I thought since we have a new princial it would get better but believe it or not its worse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2010

This school needs to be fixed. A lot of my classmates and schoolmates don't care about their future. Most teachers really care about us but it is the attitude of my schoolmates that turn them off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

this school is horrible! i went to this school for a year, and it was a horrifying experience. i did not learn and the teachers did not care. the students are terrible in that school. im so glad that i transferred
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

as a legal studies student for three years i find that the school is a non educational experience. it is horrible student and teacher wise.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2007

Students At SLS(OH Yes) feel like they can depend on and trust the Teacher and other staff in the building. It gives them a comfortable vibe and feeling.
—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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
32%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
68%
Earth Science

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
32%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%
Global History and Geography

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

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
40%
Integrated Algebra

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

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%
U.S. History and Government

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%
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 Students29%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African American31%
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 population29%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Not migrant29%

Chemistry

All Students11%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African American8%
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 migrant11%

Earth Science

All Students18%
Female18%
Male18%
African American15%
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 learners9%
Proficient in English19%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant18%

English

All Students67%
Female70%
Male63%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities57%
General population68%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%

Geometry

All Students22%
Female27%
Male15%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population22%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant22%

Global History and Geography

All Students35%
Female37%
Male30%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities11%
General population37%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant35%

Integrated Algebra

All Students39%
Female44%
Male34%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities9%
General population44%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant39%

Living Environment

All Students44%
Female40%
Male51%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities33%
General population45%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%

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 Students44%
Female44%
Male44%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities31%
General population44%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%
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 "D" 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 57% 19%
Hispanic 1 39% 23%
White 2 2% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 184%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 44%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
  • Technology

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

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 504 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

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
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.0
 

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
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents12821%
Students33954%
Teachers3797%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MONICA ORTIZ

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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  • Social justice
  • Technology
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 - B24, B43, B48, B60, Q54, Q59. Subways - L to Grand St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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850 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 387-2800

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