Hands-on hydroponics class taught by a Cornell University professor.
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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Faculty & Staff
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Technology and Visual Arts Institute
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
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236
Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82, BM2
This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools