Brooklyn School for Social Justice, The (32K549)

400 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, Brooklyn
Phone: 718-381-7100
Email: AUribeOrtiz@schools.nyc.gov
Hours: 8:15am - 2:35pm
School Website: https://BSSJBrooklyn.com
NYCDOE Website: https://www.myschools.nyc/en/schools/high-school/45835
Quality Snapshot: https://tools.nycenet.edu/snapshot/2022/32K549/HS/
Subway: L, M to Myrtle Av
Bus: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58
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About

At The Brooklyn School for Social Justice, we develop a community of young leaders who will demand the best from themselves today and work together for a more just tomorrow. Grounded in our values of truth, humanity, diversity and justice, BSSJ provides a safe, small-school atmosphere while providing students many opportunities to learn and grow. Our students have access to multiple AP and college level courses, a variety of PSAL sports and community service projects.

Academic Highlights: Teachers integrate technology by using Google Classroom and other blended learning programs to expand online coursework, self-paced, project and inquiry-based learning opportunities. Chrome books are available for every student., Students are assigned a school counselor from the start of their time at BSSJ. This counselor will stay with them for the entire time they are at our school to ensure they have a trusted adult they can turn to in time of academic and social-emotional need., Students can earn college credits through our University in the High School Program and College Now and AP credits in any of our 5 AP courses, Our student's partner with Make the Road New York, and have participated in several marches and rallies against social injustice through our community. Our Restorative Justice program offers an alternative to suspension. Students also take Social Justice elective courses including Bio-Ethics, Law and Justice, Gender Studies and Financial Literacy.

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, College Trips, Community School, Community Service Expected, Dress Code, Health Center, Internships Available, Online Grading System, Program(s) with 1 SWD Applicant Per Seat, Saturday Programs, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Orientation, Summer Session, 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 Spanish Language and Culture, AP Studio Art - 2D, Arts (Advanced Placement), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])
Languages Offered
Spanish
Diploma Endorsements
NYS Seal of Biliteracy
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball
Girls PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Other Sports
Cheerleading, Fitness Club, Step, Table Tennis
Activities
National Honor Society, yearbook, Just Keep Livin', a health and wellness program founded by actor, Matthew McConaughey. Debate team, a jazz band, a table tennis club, an eSports team, Student Government and a rites of passage program for young men and women.
Programs
Humanities and Interdisciplinary(K54A)
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

A challenging program with emphasis on addressing social justice issues around our community and the nation. Students will have the opportunity to take elective courses in a variety of subject areas with a focus on social justice issues.

Method:
Requirement:
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.
Priority:
  • (Group 1) Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Collegiate Scholars(K54B)
Computer Science & Technology

The Collegiate Scholars Program is designed for students and families dedicated to academic excellence. Dedication, tenacity, commitment, and responsibility are defining characteristics we look for in a collegiate scholar. Under the direction and sponsorship of various colleges and universities, The Brooklyn School for Social Justice (BSSJ) offers scholars the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and transferable college credits simultaneously. Our Scholars can enroll in the University in the High School Program (UHS) through SUNY-Albany by maintaining an overall 90% average. The College Now program through The City University of New York (CUNY) and other private colleges and universities allows our collegiate scholars to participate in other higher education courses. In addition to dual credit courses, students can take Advanced Placement enrollment courses in Art, Spanish, African American Studies, Pre-Calculus, and English Language Composition.

Method:
Requirement:
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.
Priority:
  • (Group 1) Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
2022-23
2021-22
Total Students Across All Grades
277
304
    Grade 12 Students
80
93
    Grade 11 Students
74
80
    Grade 10 Students
65
74
    Grade 9 Students
58
57
Graduation %
81
84
College %
22
36
Collegiate Scholars (K54B)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

13 / 28 (0.46)
2 / 6 (0.33)
Offers - Waitlist
Humanities and Interdisciplinary (K54A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

24 / 66 (0.36)
11 / 15 (0.73)
Offers - Waitlist
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 63% responded
Academic Rigor 
  73.86%
Academic Engagement 
  64.33%
Safety 
  78.56%
Bully Prevention 
  71.25%
Inclusivity 
  90.60%
Mental Support 
  74.10%
Environment 
  73.09%
Post-School Support 
  85.44%
Teacher Responses - 90% responded
Academic Rigor 
  65.00%
School Satisfaction 
  65.67%
Student Behavior 
  47.89%
Student Support 
  80.73%
School Leadership 
  59.33%
Instructional Clarity 
  59.60%
Instructional Development 
  71.35%
Post-School Support 
  93.63%
Family Responses - 55% responded
Education 
  95.38%
Teacher Support 
  91.50%
Safety 
  98.33%
School Community 
  88.22%
School Leadership 
  98.55%
Post-School Support 
  94.00%

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. %
  89.20%
Avg. CC Regents Score
  52
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
  41
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
  50.00%
Avg. SAT Math Score
  391
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
  407
Postsecondary
2-Year College 17.00%
4-Year College 18.20%
Other Postsecondary 4.50%
Unknown 60.30%

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 44.90%
Female 55.10%
English Language Learners:
  40.40%
Students with IEPs:
  22.00%
Economic Need Index:
  91.80%
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 1.40%
Black 13.40%
Hispanic 80.50%
White 2.50%
Other 2.20%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Black 24.10%
White 48.30%
Other 27.60%
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