High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow (17K546)

600 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, Brooklyn
Phone: 718-756-5325
Email: apopool@schools.nyc.gov
Hours: 08:20am - 03:10pm
School Website: https://www.highschoolforpublicservice.com/
NYCDOE Website: https://www.myschools.nyc/en/schools/high-school/46898
Quality Snapshot: https://tools.nycenet.edu/snapshot/2022/17K546/HS/
Subway: 2, 5 to Winthrop St
Bus: B12, B17, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49
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Program Details
Urban Farming and Agricultural Sciences (K64C)
Environmental Science

Students will engage in a sequence of courses and project based learning opportunities to gain knowledge in Urban Farming, Food Justice, Hydroponics, and Agricultural Sciences blended with a commitment to community service embedded in the surrounding community. Coursework includes: Food Justice, Botany, Growing Soils, Environmental Carpentry and Building, Ecosystems, Crop Management, Irrigation, Small Farm Planning, and AP Environmental Science.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Urban Farming and Agricultural Sciences (K64C)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

2 / 20 (0.10)
5 / 5 (1.00)
Offers - Waitlist
About the School

Founded in 2003, the High School for Public Service is known for our consistently high graduation rates and joyful school community. Our focus on academic excellence coupled with our mission to serve the community prepares HSPS scholars to positively impact the lives of others. Students select from one of three academies: Medical, Legal, and Urban Farming. Coursework is tailored to students’ career interests beginning in the 10th grade with electives such as Constitutional Law, Advanced Medical Science, Environmental Science, and many more. Despite being a smaller school, we remain dedicated to offering rich experiences in art, music, drama, and an array of highly challenging electives. A wide variety of Advanced Placement and College Now courses afford students with the opportunity to earn over 20 college credits in high school. Free SAT prep is offered on Saturdays and teachers are available after school for additional support. With fewer than 500 students, we remain committed to knowing each student well. Each HSPS student joins an advisory group which meets multiple times per week beginning in 9th grade and continuing until graduation. This advisory program promotes deep connections between students and staff. All advisory groups work collaboratively to select focus areas and locations to serve their community as a force for positive change. Through annual service projects, community partnerships, and individual work, every student aims to complete at least 50 hours of community service per year. Our vibrant school community includes over 25 clubs, an array of varsity sports, and frequent field trips including international travel. School spirit events such as field days, pep rallies, student and parent social events, and career connections are staples of the student experience. HSPS partners with several community-based organizations that support the growth of our students, such as Global Kids, Inc. MCC Theater Company, Kings Against Violence Initiative, CAMBA, Generation Citizen, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, AP for All, College Access for All, New Visions for Public Schools, Arthur Ashe, Lazard, SAVE THE MUSIC, Carnegie Hall Music Program, Relationship Abuse Prevention Program, The Campaign Against Hunger as well as other corporate partners offering career and workplace experiences. HSPS also maintains a fully functional community pantry open to all community members.

Academic Highlights: Urban Farming Academy, Medical Science Academy, Law Academy

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, College Trips, Community Service Expected, Dress Code, Health Center, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 1 GE Applicant Per Seat, Program(s) with 1 SWD Applicant Per Seat, Saturday Programs, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Orientation, Uniform, Weekend Programs

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Chemistry (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Co-ed PSAL Sports
Other Sports
Cheerleading, Dance, Fitness Club, Flag Football, Step
Anime , Volleyball, Dance and Step, Photography, Yearbook, Weightlifting, Yoga, Basketball, Farm and Agriculture, Jazz band, Caribbean, GSA, Chess, Crochet, HSPS Newsletter, Band, Latin, Book, Art, Theater, Podcast, Student Government
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 89% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 96% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 66% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

View Full NYC DOE Survey Results:

More information about NYC DOE surveys can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey

Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 27.80%
4-Year College 47.60%
Unknown 24.60%

View Full Academic Data:

This data was gathered from the NYC DOE's yearly quality reports. More information can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality

Information on NYS Regents exams can be found here: https://www.nysed.gov/state-assessment/high-school-regents-examinations

School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 37.80%
Female 62.20%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 2.90%
Black 76.70%
Hispanic 14.40%
White 2.20%
Other 3.80%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Black 29.00%
White 48.40%
Other 22.60%