Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment

Phone: (718) 230-6363
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Wheelchair accessible
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 09 thru 12

What's special:

Strong partnerships with Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The downside:

Problems with order and discipline

The InsideStats


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)

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