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Posted September 5, 2012

his school is great es, send me monthly email updates about this school.on the kids which is even more of a headache if my child has to wash his gray shirt or black pants he might as well stay home or be suspended and miss a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

this school is terrible they have imposed a uniform policy on the kids which is even more of a headache if my child has to wash his gray shirt or black pants he might as well stay home or be suspended and miss a whole day of his education. The school is seriously not funded well and the staff their care more about controlling these kids than actually helping them prepare for the future. The school also does not provide satisfactory parent to teacher meetings to keep parents updated on how their children are doing from day to day i would not recommend this school to anyone.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

The administration seems to have a few good ideas that they are trying to implement but the school is in no way challenging the students. Many here perform under par and may have difficulty competing with our the students for admission in colleges, not that there isn't already competition enough when you're and excellent student, let alone one who is not at grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I attended SDL in Junior H.S and all i can say is there is none in Brooklyn better! We as students got a chance to speak up and be active in a positive way, we got a chance to take part in planning what we wanted to learn and help from amazing teachers [not just as teachers but as people]. No student could ask for a more relaxed and fun learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

This school is terrible and the teachers are very rude and arragont. I'm a Junior and I've transfered to another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2008

i am a student at sdl and i love that school because it gives u a chance to speak ur mind and thats why i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

My child attended S.D.L and she loved it as much as I did...Keep up the good wrk S.D.L and I recommend the school to many students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

The teachers in this school are very positive even though some of the students can be a handful. The school is fairly new and so the dust has yet to settle but the faculty seems to have a lot of good ideas and good dreams. The principal seems very much on top of things and always has words of encouragement. There are a variety of afterschool programs with this particular school, which is always good and there is even medical assistance on hand and not just an apirin. There is a medical office with two Practioners and a staff who are under the umbrella of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. I guess what I am trying to say is, despite a few unrulies and a some fairly green teachers, the faculty and staff seem to care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 30% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
15%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
21%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 33% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
11%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students0%
Femalen/a
Male0%
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 population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English0%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant0%

Math

All Students0%
Femalen/a
Male0%
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 population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant0%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students9%
Female14%
Male5%
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
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%

Math

All Students6%
Female7%
Male6%
African American0%
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
Non-migrant6%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
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 English0%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant0%

Math

All Students4%
Female0%
Male8%
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 English4%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant4%

Science

All Students33%
Female45%
Male23%
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 English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
21%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
50%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%
Global History and Geography

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%
Integrated Algebra

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
68%
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

 
 
80%
U.S. History and Government

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
54%
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%
Female39%
Male23%
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
Non-migrant29%

Chemistry

All Students9%
Female8%
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 population9%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English9%
Non-migrant9%

Earth Science

All Students33%
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 English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

English

All Students56%
Female55%
Male55%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Geometry

All Students19%
Female32%
Male6%
African American19%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities8%
General population22%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

Global History and Geography

All Students33%
Female30%
Male36%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities16%
General population40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

Integrated Algebra

All Students35%
Female41%
Male29%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities9%
General population43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%

Living Environment

All Students50%
Female48%
Male52%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities30%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%

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
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students61%
Female51%
Male72%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities28%
General population70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
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 89% 19%
Hispanic 1 8% 23%
White 1 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 175%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 12%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 3%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
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
6.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
5.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

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

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents20061%
Students32493%
Teachers34100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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