Brooklyn College Academy

An Insideschools pick
350 CONEY ISLAND AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11218 Map
Phone: (718) 853-6184
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened (HS)
Principal: NICHOLAS MAZZARELLA
Neighborhood: Midwood
District:15
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: KAREN MCKIE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B16, B35, B67, B68

What's special:

Students study on Brooklyn College campus

The downside:

Two different school locations; small gym at annex

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Brooklyn College Academy/Bridges to Brooklyn students get personal attention from an attentive staff, and they enjoy the freedom of the college setting during their junior and senior years. The school’s two sites are located about a mile apart from each other. The 9th-10th graders attend classes at Bridges to Brooklyn or "the annex," a renovated warehouse near Prospect Park; before moving to the Brooklyn College campus for their last two years. [Note: The school was founded as a 7-12 school but the middle school grades were phased out. As of 2014, the school will have grades 9-12.]

The school is noted for a small inclusion program for District 75 students with autism. They take regular classes and receive extra help with academics and social skills.

Our visit to the clean and well-lit halls of the annex revealed classrooms filled with quiet students focused on the lesson. In an Earth Science class, a teacher turned to his students in the middle of a lesson on constellations and asked them to theorize a connection between the stars and measuring latitude and longitude on the Earth; in a neighboring history class, students dug deeply into the underlying causes of the American Revolution.

Principal Nicholas Mazzarella gently admonished a student who forgot to remove his hat, and a few moments later congratulated another child on how much he had improved since the previous year. There is a settled feeling about the school that carries over to the Brooklyn College site where the same studious, respectful quiet reigns among the students.

Founded in 1986 in collaboration with the City University of New York, the Brooklyn College Academy/Bridges to Brooklyn serves about 560 students, mostly of Caribbean origin. It has become popular for its academics and its focus on college readiness. One downside of the annex location is its small gym. However, the school has use of Prospect Park across the street in good weather, and a gym at Brooklyn College.

Students take a pre-college class in the 9th grade to gradually introduce them to the rigors of college work. The first college credit-bearing course, Introduction to Theater Arts, is given in-house to every student in the 10th grade. The college instructors give three weekly lessons that are supplemented by two weekly review classes with a high school teacher. By the time they are ready to graduate, seniors will have earned anywhere from three to 30 college credits, along with their high school diploma.

Students at the annex wear a uniform but 11th and 12th graders do not, allowing them to blend in easily with the college students on campus. They share many of the privileges of college students, such as access to the college library. The majority of the school’s students remain in the school until high school graduation.

Special education: Brooklyn College Academy has a 1:3 ratio of paraprofessionals to autistic special education students from District 75 in its three inclusion classes - two in the annex and one on campus. On campus, 11th and 12th grade autistic students meet in advisory sessions and trade advice on how to deal with social situations. The school is creating a peer support program at the annex to help children become more engaged in classroom social activities.

College admissions: A scholarship advisor to help students with the college application process, including writing essays. Most graduates go to college, although most do not attend Brooklyn College because they have already spent two years on that campus. Popular choices include CUNYs and SUNYs, in particular SUNY Binghamton.

Admissions: The school admits students in 9th and 10th grades. Eligibility is based on standardized state test scores of 3 or 4, report card grades of 85 or above in science and English, and 80 or above in math and social studies. Attendance and lateness also count and students must submit a writing sample. Open houses are held every October for interested students and their parents. (Eliana Mascio, October 2011; updated with new grade configuration 2013)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 618

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
74%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
4%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.17 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?

62% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

44% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

7% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

44% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 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:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

94% 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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 618

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
74%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
4%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.30 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

21 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

62% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

7% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

97% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

95% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

3% 12% 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?

98%

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

41%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

48% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

482
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

93%

SAT math scores

474
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?

88% 75% 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?

50% 44% 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?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Brooklyn College Academy

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

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