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Posted March 14, 2014

As a former student, I witnessed the chaotic system of the prinicpal at its finest. She was not motivational at all torwards the entire student body, but only to those who had high grades. The workload was decent depending on your teachers but there was little to no help provided. All of the support that my peers and I got, were from the non-profit organization known as PRY. They were the REAL support system many of the students had. The Guidance counseler was always occupied with things other than her obvious job, many students found no support or guidance which led them down the wrong path. My piece of advice: Don't allow your child to attend this school or else your asking for them to become miserable and lost.


Posted March 13, 2014

The Principal is the source of conflict and strife at the school. As a teacher at the school, I have seen how she gets around rules and does not help students to get an education. Her goal is to get students graduated by the fact that they have credits, but whatever those credits mean is not her concern. She spends less time mentoring and nurturing teachers and students than berating them and yelling at them to get what she wants. Needless to say, this isn't effective. Great teachers have left the school already and she is not impressing any of the new ones. She makes good teachers leave, teachers who are trying to improve and help our students learn through the Common Core Standards and teacher evaluation framework. She is a bully and pushes teachers down and away who are trying to help kids learn. It's a shame.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 15, 2014

It can be very miserable teaching in this school. The administration is not very helpful. If you ask for help or raise a disagreement about a policy, you are called into the office and basically told to start being a team player. The principal constantly talks under her breadth to show her disappointment. She rarely has a smile and often takes a harsh tone during meetings. At the beginning of the year, she admitted she made past mistakes - focusing on the negative, basically being mean - and promised things would be different this year. It didn't last long. My only question is, who does she blame for the shift back to the negative? Does she blame the teachers who are so horrible that she has no choice, or has she come to the realization that she is a megalomanic control freak who cannot accept anyone disagreeing with her? Knowing her personality, I am guessing it is the former. What a shame - teachers forgave her for past mistakes and were ready to start new. She squandered an opportunity.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2013

This school has improved a lot. However, it is still not a very good one. Students come in late and the hallways are crazy. Most students even cut classes. Some also talk back to the teachers; having no respect. I hope that students in this school will finally learn how to be respectful, obedient and responsible. They are supposed to be in a disciplined manner. For in, it is for their own benefit.


Posted July 5, 2011

the 3 stars on the first posting was an accident. i really meant to do only one.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 12, 2010

The school is not horrible. My son started 6 grade and now he is 7 grade and i don't have any problem with school or with staff. They are very helpful to the student and to the parent when they call they listen. The safety and the education are great the teacher are very concern about the student education. I would give this school A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The school is horrible. I would not recommend it to anyone. There is no consistency. I would give this school a F.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

I have a 7th grader in this school and as a parent I can't believe how unprofessional and uncaring the staff is. I can't understand why the BOE has not shut them down. There is no type of control over the students and the lesson plan for the 7th grade is that of th third grade. I urge you not to send your child here if you are really concerened about their safety and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

This school is horrible, I attended my freshmen year and then transferred. There is a shortage of staff and lack of security, there were countless fights and uproars. When I left I ended up in a better school but the transition was hard for me because I was so used to do nothing and passing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 16, 2005

This school is great. my friends love it, I love it ,I would have no doubts about anything .
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2004

I am a former student of this school. I went here for 3 yrs ever since it opened it in the building of John Jay. I think the teachers and staff are great, but the shape and condition of the school isn't. And I don't think that the school has good control over the kids, and no action is taken if some one does something bad.
—Submitted by a former 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 29% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
0%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
6%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
17%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
33%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
48%
Earth Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%
Global History and Geography

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
37%
Integrated Algebra

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

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
0%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%

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 Students6%
Female5%
Male7%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population6%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant6%

Chemistry

All Students21%
Female22%
Male19%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population21%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English21%
Not migrant21%

Earth Science

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
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities26%
General population79%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

Geometry

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
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students67%
Female73%
Male60%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities22%
General population73%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%

Integrated Algebra

All Students51%
Female48%
Male55%
African American49%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities19%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%

Living Environment

All Students64%
Female64%
Male64%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities30%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%

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 Students74%
Female67%
Male85%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
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 middle school level. The school received 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 2 62% 19%
Hispanic 2 30% 23%
White 1 5% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 181%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 6%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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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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Based on 570 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

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

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

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

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This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
5.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents17543%
Students36790%
Teachers2897%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. ONEATHA SWINTON

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
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 - B61, B63, B67. Subways - F, G to 7th Av; D, R to 9th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Sofbtall
  • Volleyball
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237 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 832-4250

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