Rigorous academics, opportunities for college credit and high rates of college readiness
Few extracurricular opportunities
Bedford Academy High School is a small, academically demanding school in Bedford-Stuyvesant that makes sure students are well-prepared for college. Almost all graduates enroll in two- or four-year colleges. Students may choose from five majors: Pre-Engineering, Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Education and Liberal Arts.
All students participate in leadership classes designed to teach them to be responsible citizens and to address issues in their communities. Separate “Empowerment” classes for males and females are designed to help students improve their public speaking skills, reading comprehension and reflective practices, according to the school’s 2018 Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP).
Students are expected to take four Regents exams in 9th grade, which allows them to take more advanced classes in later years of high school. Most students take college classes at Medgar Evers College, St. Joseph’s College, Kingsborough Community College, or Monroe College, according to the school’s CEP. Medgar Evers has a health care careers pipeline project that gives participating students the opportunity to graduate high school with an associate's degree.
The school is a good option for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2016, Bedford Academy received $200,000 from the office of Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams to develop a computer laboratory and digital library. Also in 2016, math teacher Patrice Bridgewater won a Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in Science and Mathematics, an award that recognizes outstanding public school teachers in math and science fields. Medgar Evers College also offers high-level math and computer science classes that Bedford Academy students can take for dual credit.
Principal Adofo Muhammad was previously assistant principal at Benjamin Banneker Academy and principal of two middle schools before coming to Bedford in 2011. He teaches three classes, including a leadership class for male students. Teachers and parents give Muhammad high marks on school surveys.
Eleventh-graders get SAT tutoring from Kaplan twice a week and are encouraged to take the exam in the spring of their junior year. In 11th and 12th grade, students participate in seminars and workshops led by guidance counselors about the college application process, financial aid, résumé writing and college life. The school takes students on visits to colleges like Howard and Georgetown, and on tours of Ivy League and SUNY schools. Students have been admitted to elite schools such as Harvard, Brown, Barnard and Cornell.
One downside: Students grumbled that there aren’t many extracurricular activities, according to school surveys, but the school does have a few PSAL sports.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: A push-in model that uses integrated co-teaching is used, although there is a small population of students with disabilities.
ADMISSIONS: Screened, with priority to students who live in District 13, and then Brooklyn. Students apply to one of two programs: technology and health professions. They must score at least a 2 on state ELA and math exams and have an average of 75 for the technology program and 80 for health professions. Exceptions are made, however, and family commitment to the school's rigorous demands is very important, the principal said. Interviews are also considered. In 2017, there were far more applications than seats available. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, May 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Courses in fundamental and advanced technology; opportunities for our students to work with and learn from school partners in education and specialists in the field.
Introduction to health professions. In addition to required and advanced courses, students have opportunities to work and learn in state-of-the-art labs and facilities.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, AP English Language and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP World History: Modern
Boys PSAL teams
Girls PSAL teams
Contact & Location
1119 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216
Trains: , to Franklin Ave; to Bedford-Nostrand Avs
Buses: B25, B26, B38, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B48, B49, B52
This school is in its own building.