Brooklyn Bridge Academy

6565 FLATLANDS AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11236 Map
Phone: (718) 968-1689
Website: Click here
Admissions: Transfer students with 0-11 credits
Principal: Max Jean Paul
Neighborhood: Canarsie
District: 18
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JOVON COWELL PETTWAY
Transfer Alternative

What's special:

A fast-track to graduation for older students at risk of dropping out.

The downside:

Attendance is a constant issue.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Brooklyn Bridge Academy offers a fresh start for older students who are at risk of dropping out. Classes are small, and students say they get lots of personal attention. The hallways are bright and decorated with student work. Transitions between classes are smooth, and the atmosphere is orderly. Teachers were animated and students were engaged in their work in the classes we visited. Students told us classes are never boring and teachers don't yell. "I feel welcome to come here every day," one student said

The school operates on a trimester schedule, which allows students to accumulate credits faster than they would on a traditional schedule of two semesters a year. While a student in a regular high school accumulates 11 credits a year, students at Brooklyn Bridge may accumulate more than twice that many. "You're not wasting any time at all," one student told us. "They make sure you get your act together to graduate," said another.

Every student is assigned an advisor from the school's community support partner, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), a health and human services agency. Advisers greet students in the morning, call home when they are late, and make home visits if they miss several days in a row. Students meet with their advisors in groups three times a week to discuss their academic progress, any issues they may have, and plans for college. (New teachers also have advisors, or senior teachers, as mentors).

A "Learning to Work" program places students in paid internships after school at places such as Kingsborough Jewish Hospital, libraries, bookstores, and pet stores.

Housed in the South Shore Educational Campus, Brooklyn Bridge shares a building with Academy For Conservation and the Environment, Brooklyn Generation School, Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and Victory Collegiate High School.

Founded in 2007, the school had a rocky beginning. Many students and staff complained of fights, particularly with other schools in the building. Principal Max Jean Paul, who started in 2010, seems to have resolved many of the problems, and students and staff told us the school is safer now. Attendance remains an issue, and the principal is working on ways to encourage students to come to school regularly. For example, students with good attendance may go on a field trip, or receive coupons good for ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery.

Special education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching.

Admissions: Students must be at least 16 years old, and may enter with 0-11 credits. Students and parents are interviewed, and students must take a math and reading assessment and submit a personal statement. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

South Shore Educational Campus

Number of Students 179

Average Daily Attendance 69%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
86%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
5%

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

15 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

79% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

69% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

97% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

82% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2012

How many students graduated within 4 years?

26% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

46% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

22% 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?

13% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

21% 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?

1% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 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?

90% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

36% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

20% 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?

72% 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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