Parents and community members learned about plans for The Dock Street School last month. Photo: Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat
A low-performing, low-enrollment Brooklyn middle school will get a new building, a new name, a science-and-arts focus — and a student body selected for good grades, test scores and attendance. Middle-class parents said they won’t consider an open-enrollment school, reports Chalkbeat.
Brooklyn neighborhoods are gentrifying rapidly. Several elementary schools now draw white and middle-class students, but those students vanish in middle school. Most go to out-of-district public schools or to private schools.
Selectivity is the “secret sauce” of high-performing schools, charges NYC Educator. “It’s, ‘We’ll take these kids, the ones who get high scores and everyone else can just go to hell’.”