Midwood High School
|Midwood High School|
Verus, Bonus, Et Pulcher
Latin: The True, the Good, and the Beautiful'
|2840 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Type||Public (Selective) secondary|
|School board||New York City Public Schools|
|Number of students||3960|
|Average SAT scores||1700|
|Website||Midwood Home Page|
Midwood High School, administered by the New York City Department of Education, has an enrollment of 3,938 students. Its H-shaped building, with six Ionic columns and a Georgian cupola, was constructed in 1940 as part of the Works Projects Administration.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Extracurricular activities
- 3 Senior Seminar/Independent research studies
- 4 Notable alumni
- 5 Notable staff
- 6 Statistics
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Students from the two selective programs often attend top-ranked colleges, many on significant scholarships. Typically, the school sends around 4% of its seniors to Ivy League colleges, and 20% of seniors to colleges such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NYU, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. The average SAT scores in Midwood High School (2012) wrtr 540 Verbal, 600 Math, and 560 Writing.
The New York Times reported on June 29, 1986, that:
"Getting into Midwood High School ... is about as easy as getting into an Ivy League college. More than 12,000 eager eighth graders applied this year for 450 fall openings in Midwood's highly touted programs in the medical sciences and humanities."
As many as 3,938 students are packed in a building designed for 2,800. Classes are held in two overlapping sessions, with some students, as of Fall 2012, arriving as early as 7:15 a.m. and finishing at 1:42 p.m., (some juniors and seniors may finish at 11:20 a.m.-12:05p.m.) and others arriving at 8:45 a.m. and staying until 3:20 p.m. The first lunch period is at 8:50 a.m.; practice for band and orchestra starts as early as 7 a.m. Advanced Placement courses are so oversubscribed that only students with near-perfect grades are permitted to take them.
A new science annex, built across the streets from the original building, opened in the summer of 2008 which can ease the overcrowd problem. The building houses new science labs that replaced the antiquated labs in the original building. The annex also hosts a new library; the library in the original building is now split into two classrooms. The annex is connected to the southern end of the original building by a glass bridge that connects the second and third floors of the buildings.
Midwood is composed of three "institutes" – Medical Science, Humanities, and Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts, Humanities and Medical Science students are placed into classes specifically for their course. Placement in the Medical Science and Humanities Institutes is highly competitive and dependent upon strong academic performance. Students in either one of these institutes are required to take 6 terms of foreign language at Midwood High School, regardless of any acceleration credit from junior high school.
The Medical Science Institute (Med-Sci) is for students interested in science or the medical field along with mathematical interests. It requires 6 terms of science and 6 terms of math and 6 terms of a foreign language. As of 2011, incoming freshman of the Medical Science Institute must choose from three different tracks: Medical, the Research, or Engineering. The Medical Science Institute also has its own website which is part of the main school website. Click Here For Midwood Science's Home Page
The Humanities Institute is for students interested in English language arts, literature, languages, and social studies. It requires two foreign languages, including 2 terms of Latin and 6 terms of another foreign language. Also, 8 terms of English, and 8 terms of social studies. The Humanities Institute is a challenging program that affords students the opportunity to learn about the world, its different societies and cultures. Students in this program are not required to take as many years of math and science as students in the Medical Science Program.
The Liberal Arts & Science Institute (formally called the Collegiate Program),serves students who reside in the geographical catchment area. Students in the program choose among four main areas of study: Law/Leadership/Community Service, Pre-engineering/Technology, Performing Arts and Communication/Media Arts. Students in this programs with good grades as 95 or up average may request to switch to either the medical science or humanities program.
These are supported through the school's courtroom, robotics lab, chemistry lab, drama classrooms, and television studio.
Advanced Placement Courses
Midwood offers 18 Advanced Placement courses, and 5 years ago the College Board listed it among the best schools in the nation in terms of AP courses offerings. The School is one of the high schools in the city with the highest number of Advanced Placement exams taken, and scoring in the Upper Quartile. Students who wish to be place in an Advanced Placement class are required to have a 90 or above average in certain subjects.
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP English Literature
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP French Language
- AP Human Geography
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Physics B
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish
- AP Statistics
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- AP United States History
- AP World History
Intel Science Talent Search Competition
Midwood has two classes that specialize in introducing students to scientific research, culminating in the creation of projects for the Intel Science Talent Search (formerly the Westinghouse Intel Science Talent Search). In 1999, Midwood had more semifinalists in the Intel STS and Siemens-Westinghouse Science & Technology Competition than did any other high school in the nation. In 2000, it tied for first place for STS.
Across the United States, 11 secondary schools have produced 20 or more semi-finalists over the years 2002–10. All of the 11 schools are public schools, and 7 out of the 11 (64%) are located in the greater New York area.
|Montgomery Blair High School||Silver Spring, MD||108||16|
|Ward Melville High School||East Setauket, NY||85||11|
|Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||Alexandria, VA||75||7|
|Bronx High School of Science||Bronx, NY||59||6|
|Paul D. Schreiber High School||Port Washington, NY||50||3|
|Byram Hills High School||Armonk, NY||46||10|
|Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science||Denton, TX||43||7|
|Great Neck North High School||Great Neck, NY||31||3|
|Illinois Math and Science Academy||Aurora, IL||29||8|
|Midwood High School||Brooklyn, NY||23||3|
Midwood has several PSAL sports teams. They include teams in baseball, bowling, basketball, cricket, football, golf, cheerleading, handball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, wrestling, and volleyball.
Midwood's handball team won 2 consecutive city championships in 2008 and 2009. Midwood Girls' Handball team won finals in 2009 and city championship in 2010. Midwood's lacrosse team has won several city championships, including 2006, 2007, and 2008. The team has made the championships the past 5 years and is the measuring stick for city lacrosse.
Midwood's girls bowling team had gone into the semi-final in the pass three years, and undefeated division championship. The Midwood boys bowling team has also made playoffs 3 times in last 4 years. Midwood's girls swimming team had came into the play off in the past 14 years, and is consider one of the top teams within Brooklyn and New York City. Midwood also started the first Girls Lacrosse team in Brooklyn.
The Midwood Boy's Volleyball Team, considered to be one of the best and the "team to beat" in the PSAL, has gone undefeated in their division for the past 13 years with 4 city championships in 1996, 2001, 2007, and 2009 (the most Volleyball Championships ever by a PSAL team).
The Midwood Boy's Track and Field Team won its first-ever indoor track championship in winter 2008. Under coach Marc Cohen, the track and field team also managed to win its first ever outdoor track title in June 2010, upsetting some of the fastest high schools in the city and solidifying the legacy of Midwood Track and Field.
The team is given the nickname "The Midwood Hornet" or simply "Hornet".
SING!, an annual student-run inter-school musical theater competition was conceived at Midwood by Bella Tillis, a music teacher, in 1947. It is still being produced at Midwood. It's also a tradition for many New York City High School seniors, juniors, and "soph-fresh" (freshmen and sophomores working together) who compete against each other to put on the best performance at their own school. The 1989 movie Sing, which starred Lorraine Bracco, was based on SING!. SING has been responsible for hours of dedication and hard work, as well as fierce competition, among New York City's high school students.
In the summer of 2004, the film The Squid and the Whale was filmed in Midwood High School's auditorium, using students from the school's Drama Club as extra seat-fillers, in 80s-style costumes. The production also used background scenes on the stage that had been painted for the Drama Club's production of Bye Bye Birdie two months prior. The film production crew also enlisted the help of a former Drama Club and SING! lighting manager to help them light the stage for the scene.
Midwood has nearly 100 clubs, the including Key Club, Culture Club, Asian Society, Akiva Club, Philosophy, Amnesty International, Latin Club, Young Democrats, West Indian Society Club Environmental Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Anime Club, Black Heritage Alliance (BHA), Young Writer's Club, Women in Power Club, Model Congress, ASPCA Club, Jewish club, Model United Nations, Hellenist Society, Slavic Society, Eastern Orthodox, Snowboard Club and Robotic Club. Lots of talented students complained that the school doesn't have an official Math Team, so a group of students established an unofficial group for students with an interest and talent in math.
The Argus is Midwood's official school newspaper. The paper is published monthly and gives student journalists a chance to have their articles published. Editors are chosen by Midwood's journalism teacher in June from among the junior Journalism class. It contains different things such as news, features, op-ed, arts & sports, photography, school info, and web info, all per student request/input, as well as updated news about PSAL sport events and other events occurring in and outside the school. The newspaper also has its own website for students who didn't get a chance to read the latest paper edition.
Senior Seminar/Independent research studies
Midwood High School offers a new program to most senior students who need to fill up their schedule with 5.5 hours of class under the new department of education law that was taken into effect September 2012. During students free periods, they would be offered a multitude of special programs to do for class credit. Examples include SING, peer tutoring, monitoring for a teacher, and certain clubs that are offered in Midwood High School. You will have to fill out a time card for the number of hours that you have done in school. Students will need to get a certain number of hours to pass the class.(Counts as class credit)
- Richard Abbott, Aerospace Executive
- Woody Allen, Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter, Academy Award-nominated actor
- Antonio Anderson, former NFL player
- Victor Axelrod, musician, producer, arranger and engineer
- Noah Baumbach, writer, director and independent filmmaker (The Squid and the Whale)
- Paul Ben-Victor, actor
- Joan Berkowitz, chemist
- Jacques Berlinerblau, associate professor at Georgetown University and writer
- Andrew D. Bernstein, Senior Director of NBA Photos
- Steve Bracey, NBA basketball player
- Richard Campagna – 2004 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate
- Mark Cane, American climate scientist and professor at Columbia University
- Judi Chamberlin (née Ross), activist, leader, organizer, public speaker, and educator in the psychiatric survivors movement
- R. Alta Charo, Professor of law and bioethics
- Roz Chast, cartoonist
- Humayun Chaudhry, physician smf President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States
- Didi Conn, stage, screen and television actress (played Frenchy in the original cast of Grease)
- John Corigliano, Academy Award-, Pulitzer Prize for Music- and Grammy Award-winning composer
- Richard Cummings, author, playwright, politician, academic
- Richard Davidson, professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
- J. M. DeMatteis, writer of comic books
- Hilly Elkins, theater and film producer
- Martin J. Fettman, astronaut
- Henry Gross, singer-songwriter; Sha Na Na.
- Madeleine Grumet, academic in curriculum theory and feminist theory
- Gerald Gutierrez, Tony Award-winning stage and film director
- June Jordan, poet
- Johnny Kelly, Drummer for Type O Negative, Danzig, A Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void
- Emmanuel Lewis, actor
- Michael Lynne, movie executive, vintner
- Robert Markowitz, movie and television director
- Lawrence A. May, physician, author, and public speaker
- Wentworth Miller, Golden Globe Award-nominated actor. Though he didn't graduate from Midwood, he did attend for two years in the late 1980s.
- Joel Moses, former provost, MIT
- Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers radio announcer since 1979
- Kevin Parker, New York State Senator
- Irma S. Raker, lawyer and jurist ⋅
- Adam Richman, TV host of Man v. Food (Travel Channel)
- Neil Rosenshein, operatic tenor
- Jack Sarfatti, theoretical physicist
- Andre-Michel Schub, pianist
- Erich Segal, author, professor, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter
- Heather Simms, actress
- Shaun Smith, NFL Football Player
- Stephen J. Solarz, U.S. Congressman (Brooklyn, NY)- 1975–1993
- Jason Starr, novelist
- Jordan G. Stone, TV producer- created Discovery series Stunt Junkies
- Sy Syms, businessman and philanthropist
- Bill Thompson, New York City Comptroller
- Elliot Tiber, artist and screenwriter, helped arrange Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY
- Richard Warshak, psychologist, author, and public speaker
- Sean Wilentz, Professor of History, Princeton University
- Victor Williams, actor
- Zach Zarba, NBA official
- Danielle Aronson, ACLU
- Herb Bernstein, record producer, composer, arranger, and conductor.
- Grade levels: 9–12
- Graduation rate (2010-2011): 92.6%
- Class size: 24–33
- Ethnicity: 34% B, 33% A, 24% W, 9% H,
- Average SAT score: 1790/2400
- Free lunch: 28%
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- NYC Department of Education new School Portal For Midwood High School
- Midwood High School Physical Science Department
- Midwood High School Profile