High School of Sports Management
The High School of Sports Management aims to combine core academic subjects with a chance to learn about behind-the-scenes sports professions, such as marketing, journalism, business and event planning. The school offers some interesting partnerships and hands-on experience but has struggled with its academic programs.
Some positives: Students read and discuss sports news at morning meeting each day. The school has a Student Life Center where students “stop and think” to improve their behavior. It has a partnership with the University of Massachusetts aimed at enhancing the sports management curriculum. The Department of Educations Quality Review credited these and other initiatives with reducing suspensions, tardiness and absenteeism. The school requires all incoming students attend a two-day orientation program over the summer, has a mandatory Saturday program for first-year students and sets strict rules for student behavior.
Despite these efforts, the four-year graduation rate has declined since Sports Management’s first graduating class. The Quality Review called on Sports Management to makes its curriculum more demanding.
The school’s move from its original location to the Lafayette campus enables students to play on the campus interscholastic sports teams. The Lafayette building, though, has had problems over the years, and Sports Managements has had safety issues. On the 2012 Learning Environment Survey, more than a third of students said they did not feel safe on school property outside the building. More than half the teachers cited a lack order and discipline. Many also said the school did not offer enough to keep students engaged.
Although the school seeks to train more women for sports management careers, the student body is 90 percent male.
The school has a college counselor. About 55 percent of students enroll in two or four-year college after graduating.
Special education: Sports Management offers special education services and some self-contained classes. According to one report, a number of students recommended for support services did not receive them.
Admissions: Priority is given to Brooklyn students who attend an information session, followed by students from the other boroughs who attend an information session. (Gail Robinson, August 2013; based on web reports).