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Secondary School For Journalism

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 337 students

 

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Posted November 7, 2009

I love ths school because its the best. You actually learn here and there is no drama what so ever. I would recommand every parent to sent they child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

The teachers really care about the students. But some of the staff is really judgemental. The school claims to be all about journalism but dont have a strong journalism program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2007

I can't say enough about this school. The staff is on top of things - my child attended middle school here and is now back in the high school. The principal runs a tight ship and holds her staff and students accountable - something we don't see every day in the NYC Education system. My child is working her way back after spending a year away and failing miserably. Ms. Reif knows her students, her door is always open. A little weak on the guidance for high school, but the middle school guidance counselor is amazing.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
31%
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

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
40%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%
Global History and Geography

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
62%
Integrated Algebra

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%
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.

2011

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
72%
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 Students16%
Female9%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant16%

Chemistry

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

Earth Science

All Students34%
Female36%
Male31%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population36%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant34%

English

All Students70%
Female72%
Male64%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities64%
General population70%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%

Geometry

All Students44%
Female40%
Male50%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners20%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%

Global History and Geography

All Students55%
Female65%
Male39%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities23%
General population59%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%

Integrated Algebra

All Students60%
Female69%
Male52%
African American49%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities20%
General population71%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%

Living Environment

All Students48%
Female49%
Male46%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities6%
General population57%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant48%

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%
Female72%
Male74%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities45%
General population77%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English75%
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 "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
Hispanic 1 44% 23%
Black 2 42% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
White 2 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
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 217%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 279%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 26%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 4%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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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 259 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
5.7
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

 
4.3
 

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
5.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
2.6
 

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
5.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
5.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.0
 

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
6.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents259%
Students21475%
Teachers2087%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JODI RADWELL

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
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 - 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
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
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237 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 832-4201

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