Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy

Grades: 6-8
5404 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: 718-240-3790

Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on projects; small classes

The Downside

No music

Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy was founded in 2014 as a middle school focusing on science, technology and math. 

To accomplish this, teachers develop projects addressing real-life, relevant problems, many of which, according to a school video, result in a final product,  such as a pop-up book, model of a bridge or wind-driven pulley system. These projects are designed to engage students at all academic levels and sometimes include children from different grades or span two or more subject areas. 

School leaders also take advantage of programs offered outside the school, such as the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and a Wildlife Conservation Society initiative examining relationships between cities and wildlife, to provide more opportunities. The school also has a partnership with St. John’s University.

Despite its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus, students fare far better on their standardized English language arts exam, than on math. Math scores at the school are below average for the city and for comparable schools.

Classes are small and all students have a daily advisory period focusing on goals, behavior and other social issues. The school offers summer and weekend programs for extra help or additional academics.

By all indicators, the school is safe and supportive, with students giving their classes high marks and an unusually high percentage of teachers saying students work hard and have good classroom discussions. Overall teachers show a high degree of job satisfaction with virtually all saying they enjoying coming to work and would recommend the school to parents and to other teachers.

Brooklyn Science and Engineering is housed in a large building it shares with PS 244 Richard R. Green. Both schools use the cafeteria and gymnasium.

Special education: The school has both self-contained classes for students with disabilities and team-teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students.

Admissions: Brooklyn Science and Engineering is open to all students in District 18. They are selected at random, and the school fills all of its seats. (Gail Robinson, web reports, May 2019) 

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Flatbush (District 18)
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B46-SBS, B47, B7, B8


Angela Defilippis
Parent Coordinator
Yahya Seifullah

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 244
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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