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Brooklyn Latin School

Public | 9-12 | 468 students

 

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Posted November 27, 2013

If you want to go to this school because you think have perfect grades, good for you. However, DO NOT let those grades fool you. Middle school is very easy compared to Brooklyn Latin. If you get accepted here, come to school WELL PREPARED. Even if you think you are good at a subject.....STUDY ANYWAY!!!!!! And take into consideration the days of the week which your teachers have OFFICE HOURS. Make sure every single one of your binders are organized. WHY?? It makes it better to STUDY for your final exams, you will get a 100 for all of the BINDER CHECKS, and it just looks better. If you are not good at public speaking, work on that because you will be forced to speak publicly during declamation and socratic seminar. Don't think you can just waltz into the halls of Brooklyn Latin and get straight As without even trying. You need to apply great effort to all your classes. Don't rush through hw and don't overwhelm yourself with activities after school. Have at least 3 hours a day to complete hw and studying. Please don't overlook this life-changing advice I have given you. Use it to be THE perfect student in Brooklyn Latin. Because its just that simple: EFFORT, STUDYING, AND HOMEWORK.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2013

I'm a freshman and so far I love it! A bunch of people talk about transferring because of all the work but they just can't handle it. 3 hours of homework a night is just fine if you ask me. I can't wait for my next 3 years as i'm looking forward to the fun and learning!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2013

Im a freshmen and i already love it. They expect you to work hard but we do not have a long time to eat. 30 minutes for lunch but thats because our school is give 1 hour for lunch because we share a school and there are 2 groups for lunch. I love advisory and the advisory teacher. When i got in i was crying but now i know it was wrong to cry because its a good school. Its only been the 1st week of school but we get 3 hours of homework every single day. Expect some of your teachers to be strict and expect the others to be very nice. We do have uniforms but seniors cheat their way out of it. We get out pretty early for a school which is one thing im happy about. The distance of it from my house is a problem but i only live 15 minutes away. Many people want to transfer out because of all the hard work(not because its a bad school).
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2013

My daughter is a sophomore at Brooklyn Latin and loves her school. The teachers are dedicated and engage the students, and the principal has been a true visionary. The atmosphere is warm, yet serious. The work is rigorous, but teachers have office hours and there is ample help for anyone who needs it. It is also one of the few IB high schools in New York. I'm thrilled that we ended up at TBLS, it is truly an undiscovered gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Brooklyn Latin has exceeded my expectations. I never thought I would be as informed as I am. Everyone is helpful and most importantly my son loves the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My child has made the transition from being a smart kid with poor study habits to a good student. This is due to the great staff and culture at TBLS. TBLS is a great place for your student to reach his/her potential. I believe my student is prepared for college academics and any personal challenge that may arise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Brooklyn Latin is a a superb school. The environment is child-centric, the teachers are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Brooklyn Latin's holistic liberal arts curriculum and its emphasis on developing great study schools is providing an amazing foundation for lifelong learning! We hope that the new location will provide the students with many more extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

NEST+m - been there since kindergarten - have twin boys in the 6th grade... glad to be there - could be SOOOO much better...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

I am a freshmen parent and have only positive things to say about Brooklyn Latin. As a resident of Manhattan, I'm discovering Williamsburg which is a pleasure in itself, and my son is learning that the Upper West Side is only part of New York City--a good lesson. He has a very rigorous schedule but still has time for sports and hobbies. Latin, physics, declamation, these are just some of the items on his to do list. The school is a hidden gem--you should try to discover it for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

TBLS is a locus of antiquity where honor and integrity are of equal importance as academic achievement. Add the highly diverse, brilliant, focused, lively and humble United Nations like student body, over achieving faculty, highly regarded, committed, accessible and driven principal, "A" numero uno parent coordinator, a stringent classical curriculum, oodles of extra curriculars and you have landed in the one and only Brooklyn Latin School. My son is a sophomore and he is having the high school experience that every parent dreams of for their teen. Perfect is a tough form to carve from any object. Therefore I resolve that as NYC high schools go, this is as close as any institution can get. If you visit TBLS during any of the open houses, the moment you walk in and are greeted by one of these - I must say, very cool - students, mark my words your private thought will be along the lines of "ok, there is something very rare and unique going on here." You're not imagining it. This place IS special. My kid came into TBLS (it was his first choice) pretty darn smart and balanced and has elevated by leaps and bounds. It is an absolute pleasure to be both involved and along for the ride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

My son is currently a sophomore at TBLS and we couldn't be happier. This school was my son's first choice, and after going to the open house and meeting some of the teachers and students, we were sold. The school is academically challenging (four years of Latin!, IB program), ethnically diverse, and chock full of young dedicated teachers. The classical education seems to breed confident, well educated, socially outgoing young men and women who are excellently prepared for college. Communication with teachers is readily available and encouraged, and help is there for any student in need. The atmosphere is welcoming. Lots of clubs and extra curricula activities. Great (growing) PTA and the best Parent Coordinator on the planet!! The TBLS experience has far exceeded our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

This school was almost top on my list and I do not regret it from an academic and social standpoint. My child has learned a lot, formed hopefully lasting friendships, and is very will prepared for college. Unfortunately, with a GPA that looks mediocre because there is no room for D's in subjects, there is little chance of this very bright and talented student obtaining a merit scholarship for college. What a pity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

This school is just great, excellent teachers and administrators, everyone is ready to help My daughter is a freshman and she is very happy to be there. The work is hard but there are plenty of fun after school activities.I also like the diversity of the school NY is in need of more schools like Brooklyn Latin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

My daughter is a freshman at Brooklyn Latin and loves her school as do I. The teachers are dedicated and engage the students, and the principal is a true visionary. The atmosphere is warm, yet serious. The work is rigorous, but teachers have office hours and there is ample help for anyone who needs it. It is also one of the few IB high schools in New York. I'm thrilled that we ended up at TBLS, it is truly an undiscovered gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

They truly challenge your child, in so many ways. I went to Stuyvesant, but opted to send my son here, and I am thoroughly pleased. Jason Griffiths is the most caring and involved principal a student or parent could ask for. Incredibly, ALL the teachers are enthusiastic and seem to really be in it for the kids. The school is small, which is both a plus and a minus. Overall, I don't believe you'll find a better public high school experience than here at TBLS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Brooklyn Latin is the best specialized school in New York. Not only are we smart and talented people we are also WELL ROUNDED.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

I love my school. I believe my school is definately life changing in the sense that we are forced to do things that we arent comfortable with. For example, by giving us the opportunity to have socratic seminars and declamation, we learn how to speak publically. The socratic method allows us to ask questions and answer our peer's questions to help us understand the inside and outside of any topic at hand.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2009

Brooklyn Latin has the most dedicated and young teachers around. The students work extremely hard and the enviroment is very friendly and enthusiastic about learning. Basicly, we're all a bunch of nerds having a good tiime together.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2009

Great principal and very, very good discipline and leadership. I love the small school environment and the dedication of the teachers. The principal has really honed in on what it takes to have an excellent curriculum and a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
68%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Global History and Geography

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
91%
Integrated Algebra

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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n/a

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89%

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

49 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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
African American97%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant94%

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
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female99%
Male85%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Global History and Geography

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 "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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 37% 9%
Black 28% 19%
Hispanic 19% 23%
White 15% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 265%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 41%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 15%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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Language learning

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

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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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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

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

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents12124%
Students46994%
Teachers3186%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JASON GRIFFITHS

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • 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 - B15, B43, B46, B47, B48, B57, B60, Q54. Subways - J, M to Flushing Av; L to Montrose Av
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
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325 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: (718) 366-0154

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