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Brownsville Academy High School

Grades: 10-12
1150 East New York Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-778-7305

Our Insights

What’s Special

Family-like environment with small classes and high test scores.

The Downside

No gym.

Students who have previously dropped out of high school or struggled with truancy may find a haven in Brownsville Academy High School. The school works in partnership with the New York City Mission Society to give the city's underserved students the support they need to graduate. Brownsville has a strong record of As and Bs on Department of Education progress reports and very high Regents scores, although most students need to take remedial courses in college.

The building, which began life as a furniture factory and later was converted into a school, has limitations: There is no gym and the few windows overlook subway tracks. Nevertheless, the school does have a MAC computer lab and numerous SMARTboards and classroom computers, says Edrick Johnson, the program manager of the Learning to Work program. The schools 179 students have use of 34 classrooms, allowing them to spread out into small classes for more individual attention.

Brownsville seems to have flourished under the leadership of Principal Lashawn Robinson, who was principal between 2008 and 2103. [She was replaced by Assistant Principal, Kotwana Warren in 2013.] In 2012, Brownsville had Regents passing rates of 93 percent on the US history exam and 91 percent on integrated algebra. During Robinsons tenure, scores on global history and English more than doubled. The extremely high numbers raised some concerns in a New York Post article, however, and seem at odds with the school's low college ready and student performance rates; the school earned Cs in both categories for the 2011-2012 year.

In tandem with implementing Common Core standards, Robinson upheld the schools Diploma Plus program, which exposes teens to college courses, internships and community service opportunities. The model emphasizes a student-centered approach; once students have shown competency in a subject by reaching certain benchmarks and presenting portfolios of their work, they are able to move forward. The iZone program also gives student the flexibility of doing coursework online, making time for internships in libraries, fitness centers, and real estate and political offices. Johnson also works with kids to write resumes and cover letters and holds mock job interviews.

Course offerings and extracurricular activities are varied. Languages include Spanish, French, Latin and Italian, according to the 2012-2013 "Additional Ways to Graduate" directory. Debate and politics, model United Nations, forensic science, ceramics and studio art also top the list. Although it has no gym, the school competes in PSAL Alternative League Sports, offering basketball, tennis, step team and track.

Every student is assigned an advocate counselor provided by the schools community partners. The counselor makes sure that students stay on track academically, and supports them emotionally. It is common for counselors to proactively call students in the morning to wake them for school and update parents frequently about academic progress. Parent involvement is strong, according to the 2011-12 Quality Review Report. In the winter of 2013, parents and students joined forces and successfully stopped the DOE from allowing a Success Academy elementary school to share their building.

Special education: The school offers SETTS and counseling.

Admissions: Prospective students must be at least 17 years old and have 10 credits. More credits and Regents exams are required for older students, but exceptions are made. Students must attend an orientation and an interview with their parent or guardian. (Aimee Sabo, July 2013, interviews and Web reports; updated principal February 2015)

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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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Transfer school graduation rate
54% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
64% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Brownsville (District 17)
Trains: 3 Line to Sutter Ave-Rutland Rd
Buses: B12, B15, B47


Carol Ying
Parent Coordinator
Melissa Ingrati

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with New Visions AIM Charter High School I
Metal detectors?

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