High School Programs
Housed within the Brooklyn College School of Education, the College Now program supports extensive collaborative partnerships between the college, the City University of New York and the New York City Department of Education. The goal of these partnerships is to encourage college-bound awareness and acquisition of essential skills among high school students. The program provides services to ninth through twelfth graders in many Brooklyn public high schools.
College Now offers a full array of services centered around a core sequence of courses with a strong focus on academic, social and practical preparedness for college. Entry points into the program include college preparatory classes for students at all levels, college credit courses for qualified eleventh and twelfth graders, video production workshops, community-based service learning and hands-on science workshops. Talented CUNY undergraduate and graduate students provide mentoring to high school students in each program component as "teaching scholars," fostering a supportive learning community. In collaboration with college faculty, professional and curriculum development opportunities are offered to tutors and teachers both on campus and at the partner schools. Open houses for students, school-based professionals and families offer information on opportunities available through College Now and throughout CUNY. For further information, contact the College Now program, 2210 James Hall, 718.951.5209.
Campus High Schools
Midwood High School at Brooklyn College
Midwood High School is the affiliated campus high school of Brooklyn College. The campus high school project reflects the college's continuing concern for strengthening public secondary education and building professional working relationships between its faculty and teachers in the city's schools. Its goal is to strengthen the preparation of Midwood High School students for college and expand the constituency from which those students are drawn.
In this partnership, Midwood High School remains under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. In matters of curriculum design, school organization and high school–college articulation, the president of Brooklyn College maintains contact with the chancellor of the New York City public schools, the High School Division of the Department of Education and the Midwood High School principal.
Brooklyn College Academy
Brooklyn College Academy is a small comprehensive seventh- through twelfth-grade middle-college high school of approximately 600 students established in 1986 by the New York City Board of Education in collaboration with the City University of New York. Created for students who can benefit from smaller classes, more individualized attention and a nurturing environment, Brooklyn College Academy was named one of the top-performing schools by the Chancellor's Office in June 2003.
The mission of the academy is to strengthen student performance and to expand students' horizons to include postsecondary educational opportunities and career goals. The academy is composed of two units. The Senior Institute, located in James Hall, houses grades 11 and 12. Bridges to Brooklyn, located off campus at 350 Coney Island Avenue, houses the Lower lnstitute Program for seventh and eighth graders and the Middle lnstitute for ninth and tenth graders. After completing the tenth grade, students make the transition to the college campus.
Admission to the academy is open to Brooklyn residents who may apply through their elementary school or junior high school guidance counselors for grades seven and eight. Grades nine through twelve must follow the high school application process.
Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College High School
The STAR Early College High School, a collaboration between Brooklyn College and the New York City Department of Education, offers a rigorously challenging, college-enriched curriculum with a science, technology and research theme designed to equip students to transition from high school to college.
STAR opened in 2003 in partnership with Brooklyn College and the Gateway lnstitute for Pre-College Education and is one of more than 75 early college high schools in the National Early College Initiative funded in part through the Woodrow Wilson Early College and Gates Education Foundations. STAR accepted its first sixth-grade class in fall 2007 and became a full-service early-college 6-12 program in 2009. The Class of 2007 was STAR's first graduating class, and 98 percent of its members met or exceeded the assessment and state standards for graduation.
STAR currently enrolls 446 students who have achieved a 98 percent promotion rate and an attendance rate of 94 percent. Starting in the ninth grade, students have the opportunity to accrue college credits, first through dual credited curses offered at Brooklyn College and culminating in junior- and senior-year experiences where students are enrolled in a variety of freshman college courses with Brooklyn College students. By the end of their senior year, STAR students will have earned 30 or more college credits. They gain real-world experiences through special field investigation trips, summer internships, college tours and science-oriented projects provided through the Gateway lnstitute for Pre-College Education.
Bridges to Computing Program
Bridges to Computing is a Brooklyn College high school program that introduces female and minority students to career paths open to students with an education in computer science. Bridges offers a Fall lnstitute, a yearlong college-level course that meets on the Brooklyn College campus where students engage in interdisciplinary lessons, hands-on labs, and social activities, and a Summer Institute, an eight-day workshop where students are exposed to new technologies in graphics, multimedia, robotics and simulations.
Eligible students must be in eleventh grade and have an interest in computers. Brooklyn College students may be hired to work with the Bridges program as student ambassadors to the high school components.
To apply or for more information about Bridges, contact the high school liaison, 718.951.5209, or visit the Bridges website.