Model Program

Transfer High Schools

South Brooklyn Community High School
173 Conover Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Contact Information:
Millie H. McArdle
School Director

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


In New York City, there are nearly 140,000 young people who have dropped out or are significantly off-track for graduation. Good Shepherd Services' transfer high schools offer these young people a second chance to complete their educations. Based on more than 25 years of work with this population, our nationally recognized transfer high school model integrates the youth development practices and expertise of Good Shepherd within a rigorous, standards-based instructional setting. Operated in seamless collaboration with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), we offer a full-day, year-round academic program in a small school setting of between 150 and 200 students. The result is a highly personalized school environment where each student is known, respected, and supported.

Program Descriptors Include:
Mentoring/Tutoring, Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, GED, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2001
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Good Shepherds Organization

Evaluation Information:

Each young person who graduates from one of Good Shepherd's three transfer schools has created a realistic post-graduate plan. Our students have gone on to pursue college degrees, full-time jobs, and vocational programs. On graduation day we are enormously proud of all that our youth have overcome and achieved in earning their high school diplomas.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level