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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
48%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
68%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
71%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
300
Asian
6%
Black
76%
Hispanic
9%
White
6%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
41%
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?
50%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
74%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Technology and Visual Arts Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average
Program Description:

This institute focuses on technology and digital art through course work in computer science, robotics, 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.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Math, Science
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 through a partnership with Cornell University as well as field work in the health professions through hands on experiences.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Eugene Mazzola
Parent Coordinator
Regina Barber

Other Details

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

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