“You come here and say we are an ‘F’ school, but you don’t walk the halls we do,” said high-school junior Christina Johnson in 2013 after a hearing was held to determine whether the Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn should be closed. “I know for a fact that Boys and Girls doesn’t leave anyone behind.”
Except it did. In 2009, only 23 percent of its students passed the algebra portion of the Regents exam, compared with a city average of 58 percent. And only 60 percent of Boys and Girls students passed the English portion, compared with 70 percent citywide. The school’s four-year graduation rate was 44 percent, putting it on the state’s list of “persistently low-achieving” schools. But none of these facts seemed to faze the parents, teachers, administrators, and politicians who wanted to see this high school and other failing educational institutions remain open.