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105 Tech Place. Grades 9--12.
At the City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, which opens in September 2009 in the George Westinghouse High School building, students will have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree from the nearby New York City College of Technology as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification with their high school diplomas. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
347 Baltic Street. Grades K--12.
What's special: Attractive building and happy, engaged students.
Downside: Many students struggle academically; school still recovering from rocky few years.
Cobble Hill High School, a mid-sized school located in the heart of brownstone Brooklyn, has faced its share of struggles, but seems to be evolving into a close-knit community of educators and administrators focused on a single goal: preparing kids for college. On our visit, we saw students who seemed happy and engaged, and a calm atmosphere. Security staff have cordial, personal relationships with many students, judging by the good-natured banter and affection we observed on our visit. The faculty and students have a shared sense of purpose, and, after a rocky couple of years, this struggling school appears to be on the upswing. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
116 Nassau Street. Grades 9--12.
What's special: Safe, small school with a course of study in law.
Downside: Lots of dropouts; few science classes & no science lab
Housed in the top three floors of a privately-owned building in downtown Brooklyn, Freedom Academy High School provides a safe, small-school learning environment with an emphasis on law and English. However, students would like to see more course options, and the school's significant dropout rate and low test scores pose serious obstacles to its success. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
49 Flatbush Avenue Extension. Grades 9--12.
What's special: Robotics team and dance program; partnerships with local colleges.
Downside:Overcrowding; low attendance.
Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts strikes a nice balance. It is smaller than the huge neighborhood high schools in Brooklyn, but larger than the tiny, new, themed high schools springing up throughout the city. When the school was founded in 1993 with grant money from the National Science Foundation and the New Visions for Public Schools education reform group, it was called the Science Skills Center High School. It has since considerably expanded its offerings and its name. Kids call it "Skills" for short. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
49 Flatbush Avenue Extension. Grades 9--12.
What's special: Outstanding blend of academics and arts education.
Downside: Gritty neighborhood location.
It's easy to miss the Brooklyn International High School on a gritty, traffic-choked spur of Flatbush Avenue, within honking distance of the Manhattan Bridge. In a building first built as a torpedo factory and later used as offices for the Board of Education, it shares space with three other schools, Science Skills High School, City-As-School High School, and the Urban Assembly School of Music and Art. Brooklyn International High School, one of the most established of a network of schools designed to serve new immigrants, teaches students English while engaging them in creative interdisciplinary projects and a strong arts curriculum. Academic standards are high, and students graduate well prepared for college. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
112 Schermerhorn Street. Grades 10--12.
What's special: Small classes.
Downside: Small facilities
Students who've done poorly in others schools come to Pacific High School for the small classes and individual attention. It's a friendly atmosphere, where teachers are addressed by their first names. The teachers seem happy to be here and some of the classes are lively. The most experienced teachers create an environment in which students feel free to ask questions or even leave the room, as in an English class that was reading a translation of the Odyssey. Many kids are engaged in classroom discussion and seem to be trying - even if they sometimes skip classes, show up late, or fail do their homework. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
105 Tech Place. Grades 9--12.
What's special: Students make eyeglasses, maintain computers and design websites; championship robotics team
Downside: Metal detectors; few students earn Regents diplomas
George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn has a warm, accessible faculty and challenging Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes that lead to jobs in optometry, computer maintenance, or Web design. It has two gleaming state-of-the-art science labs and up-to-date computers. Attendance is up and the graduation rate has nearly doubled, to 72%, since 2003. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
284 Baltic Street. Grades 6--12.
Reading scores:3 stars
Math scores:4 stars
Founded in 1995 as an alternative school, and a member of a consortium of schools permitted by the state to exempt students from taking Regents exams, the Brooklyn School for Global Studies had strayed from its progressive roots in recent years. Administrators required students to take all the Regents exams normally required of high school students and the focus shifted away from progressive teaching methods. However, the secondary school has begun bringing back its original features project-based learning, grades based not on tests but collections of work, and in-depth class discussions, and on our latest visit we met many students who are enthusiastically embracing them. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
283 Adams Street. Grades 9--12.
What's special: Law theme is integrated into the curriculum.
Downside: Many kids enter with low levels of skills.
Assembly School for Law and Justice's (SLJ) founding principal, Elana Karopkin, stepped down at the end of the 2007-2008 school year. Karopkin told Insideschools she is taking an assistant superintendent position with the Achievement First charter network. According to Karopkin, the school's first graduation rate was 93 percent, with all of those students accepted to a list of colleges including Amherst, Bates, Wheaton, Hamilton, Colby, DePauw, Union and Skidmore. "I'm excited about seeing what we've accomplished here at SLJ," she said. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
49 Flatbush Avenue Extension. Grades 9--12.
What's special: The first Urban Academy school with an arts focus;stylish headquarters in DUMBO.
Downside: Student achievement levels vary dramatically; some new school challenges.
Urban Assembly School of Music and Art (UAMA) shares a building with other schools (including Science Skills, Brooklyn International, City as School but was able to carve out and create a distinctive space by opening day in September 2005. Step off the 8th floor elevator in the renovated records' warehouse overlooking the Manhattan Bridge, into a bright loft-like space. Geometric designs on floor tiles in hues of red, yellow and a soft blue, are repeated throughout the two floors. The school has an internal stairway connecting two floors, so students rarely interact with others in the building. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
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