Brooklyn Bridge Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A fast-track to graduation for older students at risk of dropping out.

The Downside

Attendance is a constant issue.

Our Review

Brooklyn Bridge Academy offers a fresh start for older students who are at risk of dropping out. Classes are small, and students say they get lots of personal attention. The hallways are bright and decorated with student work. Transitions between classes are smooth, and the atmosphere is orderly. Teachers were animated and students were engaged in their work in the classes we visited. Students told us classes are never boring and teachers don't yell. "I feel welcome to come here every day," one student said

The school operates on a trimester schedule, which allows students to accumulate credits faster than they would on a traditional schedule of two semesters a year. While a student in a regular high school accumulates 11 credits a year, students at Brooklyn Bridge may accumulate more than twice that many. "You're not wasting any time at all," one student told us. "They make sure you get your act together to graduate," said another.

Every student is assigned an advisor from the school's community support partner, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), a health and human services agency. Advisers greet students in the morning, call home when they are late, and make home visits if they miss several days in a row. Students meet with their advisors in groups three times a week to discuss their academic progress, any issues they may have, and plans for college. (New teachers also have advisors, or senior teachers, as mentors).

A "Learning to Work" program places students in paid internships after school at places such as Kingsborough Jewish Hospital, libraries, bookstores, and pet stores.

Housed in the South Shore Educational Campus, Brooklyn Bridge shares a building with Academy For Conservation and the Environment,Brooklyn Generation School, Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and Victory Collegiate High School.

Founded in 2007, the school had a rocky beginning. Many students and staff complained of fights, particularly with other schools in the building. Principal Max Jean Paul, who started in 2010, seems to have resolved many of the problems, and students and staff told us the school is safer now. Attendance remains an issue, and the principal is working on ways to encourage students to come to school regularly. For example, students with good attendance may go on a field trip, or receive coupons good for ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery.

Special education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching.

Admissions: Students must be at least 16 years old, and may enter with 0-11 credits. Students and parents are interviewed, and students must take a math and reading assessment and submit a personal statement. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
200
Asian
0.5%
Black
84.5%
Hispanic
10.5%
White
2.5%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
4%
Male
56%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
33%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
62%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
82%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
11%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
76%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
79%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
86%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
73%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
13%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

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 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?
69%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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