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Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)

Grades: 9-12
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2474 Crotona Avenue
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-733-6024
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What’s Special

Students learn computer programming; emphasis on design-thinking

The Downside

Lop-sided boy-girl ratio

The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) opened in 2013 with the goal of teaching students computer programming at a high level. Students learn programming languages like Java and Python, and related skills such as web and game design.

All BASE students complete a 4-year computer science sequence. In 9th grade students take an introductory course where they learn basic coding and front-end web-based design. In 10th grade, they take a semester each of web design and coding languages such as Python and Java.

In the 11th and 12th grades, students choose between two tracks: Computer programming or web and game design. The CTE sequence in computer programming is the more academically challenging of the two tracks, requiring students to take Advanced Placement computer programming and higher level math.

While computer programming is the school’s specialty, design-thinking goes to the core of its mission. “We see the school as a design challenge”, said founding principal, Ben Grossman. A former transfer high school teacher and schools network director of achievement, Grossman believes that design methodology bolsters academic stamina in students who may have the ability but lack motivation or tolerance for frustration. “It pushes kids very hard to fail well and fail often.”

Students complete design challenges in each of their classes. For example, after reading Night by Elie Wiesel in their English classes, 10th-graders researched and designed a strategy for Holocaust survivors, taking into account what resources they’d need in the aftermath given the socio-political-economic climate at the end of World War II.

These regular design challenges culminate in a capstone project in senior year where students complete a lengthy project using design-thinking methodology such as looking at green spaces in the Bronx and engaging politicians to develop more of them or examining disparities among the boroughs by looking the spending on infrastructure in each one. All seniors take statistics, which gives them the foundation to conduct their capstone research.

In addition to Advanced Placement classes, student may take free college courses at nearby Lehman College.

The school offers two years of Spanish and art instruction.

Teachers lead small group advisories called seminars, which helps them keep tabs on students and discuss a range of topic. Through a partnership with iMentor each student is matched with a mentor from the tech or related industries. Students develop strong relationships with their mentors through email correspondence and monthly mentor/mentee events at the school.

BASE embraces a program they call “transformative justice” (TJ). It expands on the restorative justice model, which aims to minimize suspensions through conversation, reflection and corrective action. A fulltime social worker leads the TJ program, which encourages students to take political action and become mentors in addition to resolving conflict without suspensions. There are dedicated TJ classes to training older students to become peer mediators and to serve as mentors to freshman.

The school is predominantly male, though this gender imbalance reflects similar trends in the male-dominated technology industry—something Grossman wants to change. In addition to focusing recruitment efforts on girds, BASE matches them with female mentors and offers them access to girls-only events, trips and activities.

The school is located in the Grace Dodge Educational Campus along with Crotona International High School and  The High School for Energy and Technology. Campus schools share access to an onsite medical clinic, auditorium, gym, cafeteria as well as fitness and dance rooms. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

There are campus-wide PSAL sports, intramural sports run by the school and well as a range of activities and clubs. Many students also intern at businesses and organizations.

BASE is transitioning to an early college model serving grades 9 to 14. Beginning with the incoming freshman class in September 2018, students will be able the stay at BASE for six years and graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from a CUNY college.

College advisory is built into to the seminar program and includes trips to colleges. Graduates attend a range of schools including CUNY, SUNY and a range of private and out-of-state colleges such as Drexel, Fordham, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has integrated co-teaching (ICT) across all subjects and grades and self-contained classes in English and math, primarily for 9th and 10th-graders

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students and residents. The admits students according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Ella Colley and Laura Zingmond, October 2014; updated via interview, July 2018)

 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
69%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
66%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
39%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
16%
39% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
419
Asian
6%
Black
27%
Hispanic
61%
White
3%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
9%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
45%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
40%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
56%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

All BASE students take four years of computer science, learning programming languages like HTML5, Javascript, and Java. Students use Design Thinking, a human-centered problem-solving approach to solve real-world problems. Seniors do a capstone project where they use skills from across disciplines to address a problem in their community. BASE students participate in citywide hackathons sponsored by groups like Code/Interactive and Forbes, and have had internships at SCENYC, Alvin Ailey, and Gilt.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Belmont (District 10)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx22, Bx36, Bx9

Contact

Principal
Benjamin Grossman
Parent Coordinator
MORAYMA CONCEPCION BOSQ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Grace Dodge Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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