I.S. 98 Bay Academy

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Energetic, engaging teaching

The Downside

No foreign language taught.

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 Tech.Edward 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)

About the students

Enrollment
1513
Asian
26.4%
Black
2.7%
Hispanic
8.5%
White
60.1%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
55%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
103%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
9%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.8
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
92%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
86%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
87%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
60%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
42%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
97%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Leon M. Goldstein HS for the Sciences, Brooklyn Technical HS, and Edward R. Murrow HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
14%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
82%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.7
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.91
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.63
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.79
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
3.29
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
3.05
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
66%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1401 Emmons Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11235
Sheepshead Bay (District 21)
Trains: B, Q to Sheepshead Bay
Buses: B1, B36, B4, B49, B68

Contact

Phone
718-891-9005
Principal
Maria Timo
Parent Coordinator
Caryn Dimari