Brooklyn Prospect High School Earns Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best High Schools Rankings - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Prospect High School Earns Recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best High Schools Rankings

Brooklyn Prospect High School (BPHS) is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2024 Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings. Click here to link to the U.S. News & World Report site.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 25,000 public high schools across 50 states and the District of Columbia. BPHS achieved impressive rankings within the state, metro area, and city, placing:

  • #106 among New York high schools
  • #137 among New York metro area high schools
  • #47 among New York City public high schools
  • #1043 nationally

This recognition comes at a significant time for BPHS. The class of 2024 marks the first cohort graduating under the school’s ‘IBDP for All’ initiative. “Brooklyn Prospect’s approach to ‘IB for All’ provides students with a unique opportunity to access a globally regarded program with no barriers to entry”, said Jamie Vaughan, Director of IB. Under the new model, all eligible students are automatically enrolled into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. This shift from the previous selective application process fosters a more equitable learning environment and empowers a wider range of students to pursue rigorous academic challenges.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged by U.S. News & World Report,” said Tresha Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Prospect Schools. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students. We are particularly proud of the success of our ‘IB for All’ program, which is preparing all our graduates for college and beyond.”

The IB Diploma Program is a highly respected college preparatory program known for its challenging curriculum and focus on communication, research, and many other skills.

“Students in the IB program … come out with critical thinking skills, with writing skills, organizational skills, time management skills. These are rigorous, interesting classes that a lot of high schoolers don’t have the opportunities to take, said Graham Schneider, who teaches Theory of Knowledge, a core course of the program.

BPHS’s “IB for All” initiative demonstrates the school’s commitment to providing all students access to a world-class education, fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

“Traditionally, you find IB programs in schools with more resources or accessed by families with more privilege,” said Enuma Menkiti, Director of College at BPHS. “As one of the few free and open-entry schools in Brooklyn offering this program, we needed to ensure that our structure and roll out was grounded in equity for all of our student body.”

Wendell Cheung, Director of Specialized School Supports, has been with the school for more than 10 years and helped to implement greater access to the program. “At BPHS, we’ve seen the impact of all students engaging in the coursework expected from the IB Diploma Program,” he said. “Over the past decade, we’ve taken intentional steps to increase access to the program for all of our learners and simultaneously increased the levels of support we provide to our students. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the ways in which our students have stepped up to accomplish the goals of the IB Diploma Program.”

About Brooklyn Prospect High School

Brooklyn Prospect High School is a public high school located in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, that pairs students with excellent teachers in a college-preparatory environment to teach the globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Ninth—and 10th-grade students are enrolled in classes specifically designed to promote a rigorous, internationally minded education that equips them for both the NY State Regents exams and continued study in the IB Diploma program (IBDP) in 11th and 12th grade.

About Prospect Schools:

Founded in 2009, Prospect Schools is a K-12 college preparatory community where excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. Prospect Schools is made up of 7 Brooklyn Prospect schools in downtown Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrance neighborhoods in Brooklyn, serving 2100+ students.