New details have emerged about Sunset Park High School.
The much-anticipated school will open in September with three small learning communities, the themes of which are performing and visual arts, health and human services, and business and entrepreneurship.
Sunset Park High School will not be a vocational school, instead it will offer special classes focused on the themes and also incorporate the themes into standard curriculums.
“These are not career schools. Those are just themes for how the curriculum will be taught,” explained Julie Stein Brockway, chair of the Sunset Park High School Task Force, which is a resident-comprised activist group that fought for the creation of the high school and continues to hold meetings to discuss its future.
The different themes are meant to inspire teens who might consider a career in art, medicine or business.
“Those [themes] are to engage kids in jobs that will be available,” Brockway told parents at last week’s meeting of District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC), which was held at M.S. 136, 4004 Fourth Avenue.
Sunset Park High School, which will be located on Fourth Avenue between 34th and 35th streets, will maintain 1,500 seats.
During the application process, preference will be given to children living in Brooklyn.
“It is open to anybody in Brooklyn. There is no priority given to Community Board 7 or District 15,” Brockway said.
The school is expected to ease overcrowding at high schools in Bay Ridge, which have a history of admitting teens who live in Sunset Park.
With a high school in their own neighborhood, Sunset Park teens will no longer have to travel long hours on public buses and subways to attend high schools in Bay Ridge or Park Slope.
Sunset Park High School will be located in a state-of-the-art building featuring a library boasting wireless technology, science labs, and art and dance studios. The five-story school will be fully air-conditioned and handicap-accessible.
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