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Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE)

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong partnerships with Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The Downside

Metal detectors

Founded in 2003 in the Prospect Heights Educational Complex, the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) uses nearby Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a laboratory for learning, enhancing its curriculum with environmental lessons on a local level. The school was created in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG).


Students at BASE have their Living Environment course enriched by trips to BBG and Prospect Park. They may take their “real-world learning” further in a Field Studies course that emphasizes scientific inquiry and research. Students also have paid work and internship opportunities through the partnerships and may work with the BBG Garden Apprentice Program or the Prospect Park in the Youth Representative Program, among others. The school’s partnership manager works with students after school to help with applications and job interview preparation.  


The school offers seven Advanced Placement courses, along with College Now classes at Medgar Evers and Long Island University. Other course offerings include computer science, geology, anatomy and physiology, and theater. Students must write a 10-page research paper to graduate.


The building, which is shared by four schools, has an indoor pool and works with the Trident Swim Foundation to support beginner or competitive swimmers. The building has metal detectors.


Students are also required to complete 100 hours of community service over their four years, often through the BBG/Prospect Park partnerships. For example, Garden Crew is a volunteer group of students who plant, grow, and harvest vegetables in the Children's Garden at BBG. They serve the food to their classmates at the bi-annual Harvest Lunch.  


BASE is making improvements in culture and tone, and school surveys show most students feel safe. In its “restorative justice” approach to discipline, students meet in small groups called “circles” to discuss issues and resolve challenges and promote positive behavior through discussion.  


The school now employs two guidance counselors and a full-time dean. In addition, the school has a partnership with Margaret’s Place, which provides a safe space for students during lunch and free periods. The program also offers additional counseling, service projects, and peer leadership opportunities.


Special Education: The school offers Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes and special education teacher support services (SETSS).


Admissions: In recent years, this school has had room for all students who want to attend.

(Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, October 2018)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Science Exploration Program

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Integrated curriculum includes lab-based learning and hands-on experiences. Our program exposes students to a wide-range of science pathways including computer science, environmental justice, urban ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Includes real-world experiences such as job shadowing, mentoring, internships and paid job opportunities through our many partnerships. Selection criteria: Attendance (100-85%), Science grades (100-70), State ELA and Math exam scores (4-2).


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Art History, AP Computer Science Principles

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Franklin Av; S Line to Botanic Garden

Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49


Principal: Gail Lambert

Parent Coordinator: Jawara Johnson


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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