Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene is one of the more notorious schools in Brooklyn.
On the hand, it’s really good: According to US News Nation Ranking, BK Tech is among the nation’s top 100 schools, receiving a Gold ranking.
On the other hand, it is large and impersonal, often times failing to provide a supportive, engaging environment for its almost 5,000 students.
And strangely enough, this dual impression is exactly what comes across in the NYC Dept of Education progress report, which just came out last week.
Of the three sub categories which combine to make up the overall grade, School Environment, Student Performance, and Student Progress, Brooklyn Tech was graded D, A, B, respectively. The result of course is a B for the Overall Grade.
What brought the school’s overall grade down are the scores under School Environment. It turns out the school scored low in Communication, Academic Expectations, Engagement, and Safety & Respect. Academic Expectations is a little surprising, however, given the near unanimous reports that the school does in fact expect a great deal out of its students. The other scores are not so surprising.
Despite this environment, the students do excel. Certainly in part because the school is selective and highly sought after, but at the same time they must be doing something right.
But to be the highest rated school in the nation from Brooklyn but only receive a B from NYC?
Looks like the NYC score card is rather different than the US news score card.