Brooklyn College Helps Open Innovative Science, Technology and Research High School   

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and Brooklyn College President Christoph Kimmich Join Other NYC Officials and High School Students at Ribbon-Cutting Celebration

Principal Henrietta Coursey snips the ribbon on the new school, while students, teachers, and Schools Chancellor Klein looks on. (click photo)

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and Brooklyn College President Christoph M. Kimmich will formally inaugurate the new Science, Technology and Research High School (S.T.A.R.) at Erasmus Hall High School, on November 12, at 9 a.m.

     S.T.A.R., a collaborative effort of Brooklyn College and the New York City Department of Education, is a science-focused college preparatory high school funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. State Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and other officials will join high school students at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will take place in one of the school's science laboratories.

     "We are excited to celebrate the opening of this innovative new high school, a school that is demanding academically and that focuses on the study of science," said Chancellor Klein. "Our partnership with Brooklyn College shows what we can accomplish when we work together to do what's right and necessary for the children of New York City."

Students in the S.T.A.R. High School give a "thumbs up" to the innovative, college-preparatory curriculum.

     "The faculty and staff of Brooklyn College are proud to be a part of the Science, Technology and Research High School and to be playing a role in improving the New York city school system," said President Kimmich. "A small, specialized school , such as S.T.A.R., provides students in our community with the meaningful educational experience that will enable them to achieve academic success at colleges such as Brooklyn College and help prepare them for the economic opportunities and demands of the twenty-first century."

     S.T.A.R., located in historic Erasmus Hall High School in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, opened its doors for the first time this year on September 8 with seventy ninth-grade students. The school prepares student scientists for college by providing a strong high school education with concurrent enrollment in credit-bearing courses at Brooklyn College.

Erasmus Hall High School was founded in 1787 with funds contributed by Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Jay, and others.

    Teachers at the high school are working closely with Brooklyn College faculty to create an interdisciplinary curriculum that fully integrates the use of technology and interactive assignments. Brooklyn College faculty will also teach classes, such as "From Bones to Behavior" offered by Sophia Perdikaris, associate professor of anthropology and archaeology. This course, which offers hands-on workshops, introduces the students to methods of forensic paleopathology by having them study human bones. Other courses focus on aquatic research, mathematical puzzles, and computers. Once a week, students come to the Brooklyn College campus to work with the faculty in science labs. They also have full access to the College's state-of-the-art library, physical education programs, and technology facilities.

     The high school received a $400,000 grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Gates Foundation's effort, announced last year, to sponsor early college high schools nationwide. The grant is administered by Jobs For the Future through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Admission to the school is based on attendance records, interest in science, and a letter of recommendation from a junior high school teacher or guidance counselor. Over the next three years, the high school will add an additional 125 entering freshmen until reaching a maximum of 500 students.




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