Brooklyn Academy High School

832 MARCY AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11216 Map
Phone: (718) 638-4235
Website: Click here
Admissions: Age 16.5 + with 10 credits
Principal: Charon Hall
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant
District: 13
Grade range: 10-12
Parent Coordinator: LYNETTE CUNNINGHAM
Transfer Alternative

What's special:

Caring staff knows each student by name

The downside:

Students struggle with attendance and motivation

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Together with its community-based partner CAMBA, Brooklyn Academy High School offers a nurturing program with high standards for students who have struggled in a traditional setting. “We are looking to fill a need for students who have been alienated,” says guidance counselor Marsha Osgood. “We have a team of people reaching out constantly to focus on attendance or whatever issue a student is struggling with.” The staff, says, Osgood, is special. "Everyone knows students' names and we keep on them."

The school shares facilities with Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory School, Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School and a GED program. All are housed in the historic Boys High School building, a 100-year old landmarked brick building in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant. Everyone entering the building must pass through a metal detector. There is no uniform, but hats are not allowed and if a student is dressed inappropriately, the staff will speak up. The academic offerings are basic, says Assistant Principal Adam Gerstein, but the school does offer one or two less common classes such as forensics and biography. The school has both MAC and PC labs, SMARTBoards in each classroom and a science lab for hands-on work, including dissections.

The only downside to the program according to administrators is that students don’t always take advantage of the many opportunities available. "Our day to to day challenge is to try to push the students to push themselves more," says Gerstein. "It’s a major change for them to come to school on a regular basis. We have to say that’s great, but that’s not enough." To make the transition easier the school provides all new students with free supplies including backpacks, paper, pencils and binders.

Internship Coordinator Antonia McNeil works hard to team up students with organizations that interest them. Through CAMBA's Learning to Work program 
she places nearly half of all students in paid internships each year at various sites such as libraries, daycare facilities and veterinary offices. Students who need extra academic help can participate in evening tutorials, Saturday Regents prep classes, mentoring and college collaboratives. Brooklyn Academy also makes an extracurricular effort with bowling, basketball, volleyball, art clubs and leadership for those who want more than a barebones transfer school experience. Partnerships with Alvin Ailey, New York University, Medgar Evars College and Atlantic Theater Company, to name a few, give students a regular flow of activities.

Gerstein and Principal Charon Hall (a former math teacher) believe that a stronger focus on incentives is the key to helping students do well. After graduation, students who do not go on to two-year colleges or CUNY right away continue to prepare for higher education through a program called GEAR UP, while others receive real job training through Co-op Tech. Brooklyn Academy received high marks on the 2011/12 DOE Progress Report for post-secondary success, receiving 9.2 points out of 10 for college and career readiness.

Special education: Out of 160 students, 20-30 have IEPs, says Gerstein. The school has a SETTS teacher and makes other accomodations as needed.

Admissions: The school accepts students 16-and-a-half and older with a minimum of 10 credits who have passed at least one Regents exam. Occasional exceptions are made. Students and parents should contact the school to arrange an interview. (Aimee Sabo, June 2013, interviews and Web reports)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Uncommon Collegiate Charter HS and Bedford Stuyvesant Prep HS

Number of Students 160

Average Daily Attendance 76%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
12%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

11 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

78% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2012

How many students graduated within 4 years?

22% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

49% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

16% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

60% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

14% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

NA

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

29% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

94% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

22% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

53% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

88% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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