I.S. 98 Bay Academy

An Insideschools pick

1401 EMMONS AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11235 Map
Phone: (718) 891-9005
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective; District 21
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: MARIA TIMO
Neighborhood: Sheepshead Bay
District: 21
Grade range: 06 thru 08
Parent Coordinator: CARYN DIMARI

What's special:

Energetic, engaging teaching

The downside:

No foreign language taught.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A selective middle school located across the street from the harbor at Sheepshead Bay, Bay Academy offers strong academics with lively classes grouped by student achievement. The school has become increasingly popular since its founding in 1995, forcing it to turn away many qualified students.

Reading and vocabulary permeate all subjects, but Bay has a focus on math, and especially science, that is unusual in a city middle school. Science rooms are packed with interesting objects, students read articles about science as well as textbooks, and teachers take a hands-on approach, including many trips to science museums, zoos and the Museum of Natural History. In one classroom, students examined slides though a microscope as the teacher led them through a lively, humorous, exchange about what they were seeing. Another teacher riffed on a quiz show to help students consider the difference and similarities between different types of minerals.

Students get some life, Earth and physical science every year, going deeper as they advance through middle school. "We teach kids that science is all around you. How do you live in the world without understanding the ramifications of what's going on?" said Principal Maria Timo, a former math and science teacher.

Classes are orderly but spirited as students overall seemed eager to participate and discuss in all subjects. Seventh graders in an advanced English class reading a novel about the Sudan also considered articles on the lost boys of Sudan. One boy drew similarities between the lost boys of Sudan and Peter Pan's lost boys in that both groups had no parents and little sense of right and wrong.

Timo credits the school's emphasis on teacher training with creating the strong instruction we saw in many classrooms.

Bay students come from as many as 18 different elementary schools with a wide range of abilities and preparation. The school groups them by achievement level in English, math and science Overall the groups cover the same material.

Students who the school considers capable take the Algebra and Living Environment Regents exams in the 8th grade after they've passed the regular 8th grade curriculum. They receive additional instruction before, during and after school to prepare them and generally score well, with the average grade around 90, according to Timo.

Bay also provides extra help to struggling students during lunch periods and after school. Test prep is built into the curriculum rather than offered separately

Timo says the transition to the Common Core has not posed a big problem for Bay Academy. A key concern has been time management on the exams, so the school has begun teaching students how to pace themselves better and now times all exercises.

Bay offers 10 different talents, including athletics, science and math, as well as the arts. Generally students have three to four periods of a talent each week,

The school dropped its foreign language program, instead giving what it calls a Latin class that is really vocabulary focusing on Latin roots, suffixes and prefixes.

About a fifth of Bay Academy students go on to specialized high schools, such as Brooklyn TechEdward R Murrow and Midwood, particularly the Medical Science Institute, also are popular choices for Bay graduates,

Special education: Bay has a few integrated team-teaching classes mixing students with special needs with general education students, as well as a few self-contained classes.

Admission: Students must live in District 21 or an adjoining area defined by the Department of Education. All applicants must take a test in two talent areas of their choosing. (Gail Robinson, September 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1367

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
32%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
8%

White

  
54%

Free Lunch

  
62%

Special ed

  
6%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.35 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

76% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

90% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

64% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

76% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

72% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

63% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

93% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

53% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

49% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

96% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

22% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

11% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

33% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

40% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

9% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

28% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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