Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment

Grades 9-12

Location

883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225
Crown Heights (District 17)

Contact

Phone
718-230-6363
Principal
Veronica Peterson

What’s Special

Strong partnerships with Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Downside

Problems with order and discipline

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 schools 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 seven Advanced Placement classes in biology, calculus, literature, language and composition, art history, U.S. history and Computer Science  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 student government, garden crew, dance, hiking, Otaku, chesse, yearbook, recycling club and National Honor Society. 

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; updated course offerings & after school activities, 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
386
Asian
4.9%
Black
81.1%
Hispanic
9.6%
White
2.3%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
6%
Male
62%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
104%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
49%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
36%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
61%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
68%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
73%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
61%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
46%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
63%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
28%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
28%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
65%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
50%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
74%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
73%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
74%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
68%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Science Exploration Program
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP English, AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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