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Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Grades: 9-12
5800 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-968-6630

Our Insights

What’s Special

Learn to cook, put on a mock trial, or write poetry

The Downside

Many students have a lot of catching up to do

At the Cultural Academy for Arts & Sciences (CAAS), students may cook with a professional chef, learn about the law by putting on mock trials, or read their own poetry at Brooklyn Academy of Music, according to the school website.

Culinary arts students run a school café, learning how to plan a menu, cook and market the café. The Brooklyn Academy of Music offers classes during the school day and after school.

Most students enter with poor academic skills, and, while about two-thirds graduate within four years, others need more time.  

CAAS shares the Tilden Educational Campus with other small schools. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

Admissions: In recent years the school has had room for all applicants. (Clara Hemphill, August 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

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
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

Culinary Arts
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Students are taught by chefs who have several years of experience in the restaurant industry. They begin by studying Kitchen Safety & Sanitation and progress through Recipes, Weights and Measures; Flavor and Nutrition; Knife Skills, Vegetable and Meat Fabrication; Stocks, Broths, Soups and Sauces; Cooking Methods, Techniques and Terms; International Cuisines. Students also learn through, internships, catering events, running a lunch cafe, and field trips to produce markets and restaurants.

Cultural Academy College Prep
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Advanced sequence of study to prepare students for post-secondary work and informed selection of majors. This cutting-edge national pilot program of curriculum, instruction, and mentoring was designed in collaboration with our national college partners.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Flatbush (District 18)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8


Sanatha Alexis
Parent Coordinator
Martin Young

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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