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Academy for Conservation and the Environment

Grades: 9-12
6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236
Phone: 718-968-4101

Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on hydroponics class taught by a Cornell University professor.

The Downside

Few students complete advanced math and science courses

The Academy for Conservation and the Environment (ACE) opened in 2008 with the goal of engaging students in an array of environmental projects. While some of those opportunities remain, and others have been added in the area of technology, the school's main focus is getting students to pass their academic classes and Regents exams and graduate on time.

Longtime Principal Eugene Mazzola gets high marks from teachers, based on their responses to the NYC School survey. During his tenure, ACE's graduation and college readiness rates have improved. However, few students successfully complete advanced high school math and science courses such as chemistry and algebra, 2 according to the most recent School Quality Guide.

Seniors in the environmental program take a hands-on hydroponics class taught by a Cornell University professor at the school. As part of the class, students cultivate crops planted in water and organize outings to clean up local beaches and parks. Some students secure coveted internships to work on environmental projects around the country through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

In the technology and visual arts program, students learn computer coding, robotics, graphic design and digital arts and participate in activities such as attending the citywide computer science fair.

Those who are up for the challenge may take Advanced Placement classes as well as several collegeg level courses taught onsite through a partnership with Medgar Evers College.

To help foster a sense of community and have some fun, each student is assigned to one of four, school-wide "houses," which compete against one another in games and contests throughout the year, according the the school's Comprehensive Educational Plan. Teachers also run lunchtime clubs on Fridays that cater to students’ interests.

ACE is one of five high small schools in the South Shore Educational Complex. There are campus-wide PSAL sports teams open to students from all the schools in the building.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all New York City residents. Admission to both programs is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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

Technology and Visual Arts Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This institute focuses on technology and digital art through course work in computer science, robotics, AR / VR and computer art. Students will explore STEM initiatives such as computer programming through coding and robotics, as well as visual and digital computer arts.

Science and Health Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This institute focuses on environmental science and health professions. Students will be given opportunities to explore real world practical issues that affect the environment, through field work in Hydroponic studies as well as field work in the health professions through hands on experiences. Beginning September 2020 we will be afforded the opportunity to learn first hand in our brand new state of the art Hydroponics and Aquaponics Lab.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A


Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Canarsie (District 18)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82, BM2


Eugene Mazzola
Parent Coordinator
Regina Barber

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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