Leon M. Goldstein High School and Midwood High School in Top 20
By John Alexander
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn high schools made an impressive showing on the New York Post’s recently published annual rankings of top public institutions. Of the 40 best high schools in New York City, eight are located in Brooklyn.
According to the list, the highest ranking high school in the borough is Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences. The school, which has a waterfront campus overlooking Sheepshead Bay, located near Kingsborough Community College, came in at No. 12.
Midwood High School ranked No. 15 on the list. This historic institution opened its doors in 1941. The Brooklyn Eagle was there to cover its grand opening, as 2,700 students were enrolled that first year. Today, there are more than 1,000 more students enrolled, and the school boasts such distinguished alumni as actor and director Woody Allen, filmmaker Noah Baumbach, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson and Matilda Cuomo, wife of former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
At No. 21 on the list is Millennium Brooklyn High School, located in Park Slope. Millennium is a college prep school with a small enrollment that requires its students to undertake community service.
Bedford Academy High School comes in at No. 24. With less than 400 students enrolled, Bedford offers a highly personalized and intimate environment for learning. According to its website, Bedford has a 97 percent graduation rate and a 92 percent rate for graduating seniors entering into two- and four-year colleges and universities.
Edward R. Murrow High School, which opened its doors in 1974, is ranked No. 30. Murrow has a large population of students and features a strong arts program, along with more than 50 activities and clubs. Notable alumni of Murrow include director Darren Aronofsky, artist Jean-Michael Basquiat, actress Marisa Tomei and TV writer and producer Jason Katims.
Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hills is No. 35. The school building was formerly a Drake’s Cakes factory. According to the Post, it has a 91.2 percent graduation rate and an enrollment of 916 students.
Following at No. 36 is All City Leadership Secondary School in Bushwick. This small, 385-student school only admitted 62 freshmen last year.
The last Brooklyn school on the list, at No. 38, is High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. According to the its website, the high school’s mission is to enable each student to develop the academic and social skills necessary to be an active participant in the community and society. The school encourages civic activities, and each student must complete at least 50 hours of community service a year.
In addition to the eight Brooklyn schools, the Post’s Top-40 list includes 16 in Manhattan, 13 in Queens, two in the Bronx and one in Staten Island. The top-ranked school is Townsend Harris High School in Queens.
The Post’s rankings are based on the latest available state and city data, factoring in four-year graduation rates; percent of students scoring over 85 on Regents exams; number of students taking advanced placement exams; percent scoring a passing 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams; number taking SAT exams; and average total SAT scores.