Academy for Conservation and the Environment

Grades: 9-12

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)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236

Trains: N/A

Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82, BM2


Principal: Eugene Mazzola

Parent Coordinator: Regina Barber


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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