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Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE)

Grades: 9-12
883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-230-6363

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)


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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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).


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


Crown Heights (District 17)
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


Gail Lambert
Parent Coordinator
Jawara Johnson

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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