Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)

2474 CROTONA AVENUE
BRONX NY 10458 Map
Phone: (718) 733-6024
Website: Click here
Admissions: Limited unscreened
Principal: BENJAMIN GROSSMAN
Neighborhood: Fordham
District:10
Grade range: 9
Computer Science & Technology
New School
Vocational

Buses: BX9, BX12, BX12-SBS, BX15, BX17, BX19, BX22, BX36, BX55

What's special:

Students learn computer programming and get internships in the tech community

The downside:

New school has no track record; metal detectors

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) taps into one of the most compelling themes for new small schools: a program dedicated to computer science with connections to the Bronx's burgeoning tech industry.

BASE opened in the fall of 2013 with 108 9th graders. Housed in the Grace Dodge Educational Complex, BASE aims to teach students programming languages like javascript, C++ and PHP and also problem-solving techniques from the software engineering community that can be applied to all subjects.

Principal Ben Grossman says the school has a strong commitment to social justice and teaches kids to improve their community using their tech skills. Grossman spent seven years as an English teacher at Satellite Academy in the Bronx and most recently worked as director of achievement for the Education Department's Children First Network.

BASE has a standard Regents-prep curriculum with English, history, math and sciences and will offer a career and technical education (CTE) certificate. The hope is that students will be prepared to go to college, and will also be able to enter the workforce if they decide not to go to college.

BASE is a sister school to the Academy for Software Engineering, another small CTE high school that opened in 2012 in Manhattan. Some of the same board members who founded Academy for Software Engineering are working with BASE, including venture capitalist Fred Wilson, who invested in companies like Foursquare and Twitter with his organization, and NYU computer science professor Evan Korth, who chairs the advisory board for both schools. BASE also has connections to groups like Google, New York Tech Meetup, General Assembly, Girls Who Code, StartUp Box: South Bronx and Sustainable South Bronx on its board. Grossman says the board members will serve as mentors to kids and may offer internships to advanced students in junior or senior year.

Grace Dodge (another CTE school) is being phased out for poor performance and replaced with a number of small high schools including BASE. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. While students at Grace Dodge have low morale and have reported safety issues, most students at Crotona International – another small high school in the building, which opened in 2011 – say they feel safe. Another small school, The High School for Energy Technology, opened in the building in 2012. The challenge for Grossman and the principals of the other schools in the building will be to set a new tone in the coming years. 

Students from BASE will be able to play on Grace Dodge sports teams.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Students should attend an open house or high school fair to express interest. See the school website for more info or email info@bronxsoftware.org for more info. (Anna Schneider, interview and web reports, April 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Grace Dodge Educational Campus

Number of Students 112

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
28%

Hispanic

  
49%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
13%

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

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

77% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

63% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

96% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

14% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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 -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

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?

75% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 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?

NA 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

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

Source: High school directory

Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Robotics, girls and boys math clubs, computer-aided design, anima/manga club, 3-D printing, business start-up workshops, individual and small-group tutoring, student government, SAT prep

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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