Brooklyn Academy High School

Grades 10-12
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What’s Special

Caring staff knows each student by name

The Downside

Students struggle with attendance and motivation

Our Review

Together with its community-based partner CAMBA, Brooklyn Academy High School offers a nurturing program with high standards for students who have struggled in a traditional setting. We are looking to fill a need for students who have been alienated, says guidance counselor Marsha Osgood. We have a team of people reaching out constantly to focus on attendance or whatever issue a student is struggling with. The staff, says, Osgood, is special. "Everyone knows students' names and we keep on them."

The school shares facilities with Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory School, Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School and a GED program. All are housed in the historic Boys High School building, a 100-year old landmarked brick building in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant. Everyone entering the building must pass through a metal detector. There is no uniform, but hats are not allowed and if a student is dressed inappropriately, the staff will speak up. The academic offerings are basic, says Assistant Principal Adam Gerstein, but the school does offer one or two less common classes such as forensics and biography.The school has both MAC and PC labs, SMARTBoards in each classroom and a science lab for hands-on work, including dissections.

The only downside to the program according to administrators is that students dont always take advantage of the many opportunities available. "Our day to to day challenge is to try to push the students to push themselves more," says Gerstein. "Its a major change for them to come to school on a regular basis. We have to say thats great, but thats not enough."To make the transition easier the school provides all new students with free supplies including backpacks, paper, pencils and binders.

Internship Coordinator Antonia McNeil works hard to team up students with organizations that interest them. Through CAMBA's Learning to Work program
she places nearly half of all students in paid internships each year at various sites such as libraries, daycare facilities and veterinary offices. Students who need extra academic help can participate in evening tutorials, Saturday Regents prep classes, mentoring and college collaboratives. Brooklyn Academy also makes an extracurricular effort with bowling, basketball, volleyball, art clubs and leadership for those who want more than a barebones transfer school experience. Partnerships with Alvin Ailey, New York University, Medgar Evars College and Atlantic Theater Company, to name a few, give students a regular flow of activities.

Gerstein and Principal Charon Hall (a former math teacher) believe that a stronger focus on incentives is the key to helping students do well. After graduation, students who do not go on to two-year colleges or CUNY right away continue to prepare for higher education through a program called GEAR UP, while others receive real job training through Co-op Tech. Brooklyn Academy received high marks on the 2011/12 DOE Progress Report for post-secondary success, receiving 9.2 points out of 10 for college and career readiness.

Special education: Out of 160 students, 20-30 have IEPs, says Gerstein. The school has a SETTS teacher and makes other accomodations as needed.

Admissions: The school accepts students 16-and-a-half and older with a minimum of 10 credits who have passed at least one Regents exam. Occasional exceptions are made. Students and parents should contact the school to arrange an interview. (Aimee Sabo, June 2013, interviews and Web reports)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Uncommon Collegiate Charter HS and Bedford Stuyvesant Prep HS
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% 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 art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% 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?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
60% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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?
68% Citywide Average
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832 Marcy Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216
Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 13)
Trains: A, C to Nostrand Ave; G to Bedford-Nostrand Aves
Buses: B25, B26, B38, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B52


Charon Hall
Parent Coordinator
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