Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment

883 CLASSON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
Phone: (718) 230-6363
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: Veronica Peterson
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 9-12
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49, B69

What's special:

Strong partnerships with Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The downside:

Problems with order and discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 2003 in the Prospect Heights Educational Complex, the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) uses nearby Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a laboratory for learning, infusing its curriculum with environmental lessons on a local level. The school was created in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools and the City Parks Alliance.

The School Directory lists class field trips as a highlight of the school’s programming. Every student at BASE takes a 9th grade field science class, spending time in Prospect Park or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden each week. The school offers Advanced Placement classes in biology, calculus and English, along with College Now classes.

However, most students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they rarely do hands-on work. More than half the teachers complained about a lack of order and discipline. Though students say they feel safe in the school, more than 40 percent reported that they do not feel safe on the property outside. Students pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

A uniform of a shirt with the school logo and black or tan pants/skirt is required.

Afterschool, students may participate in a variety of clubs and activities including Model United Nations and origami in addition to building-wide PSAL sports.

Special education: There are both ICT and self-contained classes.

Admissions: Priority to Brooklyn residents and families that attend an information session.
(Aryn Bloodworth, DOE statistics, December 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Prospect Heights Educational Campus

Number of Students 477

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
80%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.27 2.40 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

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

50% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

67% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

22% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

78% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

63% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

81% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

7% 10% 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?

2%

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

14%

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

19%

Are students ready for college?

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

23% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

405
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

413
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

72% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

42% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

61% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Science Exploration Program

Limited Unscreened

Integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum that includes project-based learning and hands-on experiences; collaboration with Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: BASE After-school Learning Support Center, BASE Ambassadors, Chess, Dance, Drama, Food, Hair, Hiking, Junior Achievement, Learning Passport, Model UN, Movie, Music, Origami, Peer Leaders, Project Read, Recycling, Regents Prep Classes, Saturday Classes and Tutoring, Sports, Weight Training

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Source: High school directory

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