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What’s Special

Lots of support and services for students; priority to students who are homeless, in temporary housing or foster care

The Downside

Tiny school with special mission may not be a right fit for some

Broome Street Academy is a public charter high school founded in partnership with The Door, a non-profit social service organization for at-risk youth. BSA gives preference in admission to students who are in temporary housing or foster care, who make up half the student population. 

Located inside The Door’s building, BSA students have easy access to homework help, career assistance, counseling, legal services, a computer lab, a recording studio, a full-court gymnasium and a full-service kitchen that serves breakfast and lunch with an emphasis on fresh, healthy foods. Student may also eat dinner, which is served at The Door. 

The administration has put a lot effort into changing the school's culture and tone, with a heavy emphasis on improving safety and order. In recent years the administration hired a lot of new teachers and has sought to create a diverse staff that reflects the student body.

Roughly one in four BSA students have special needs. To improve instruction, teachers work with two high-quality district (non-charter) public schools to focus on special education. Teachers visit each others’ classrooms and provide feedback. Together they refine lesson plans for the students who struggle the most.

Every Broome Street student is paired with an adult advocate who meets regularly with a small group of students to check on social and academic concerns. Staff meets weekly to address the school’s high rate of chronic absenteeism. A social worker is assigned to work on attendance. 

Most incoming students struggle with academics, but high-achievers and those who catch up  have options too. They may take classes for college credit through the Borough of Manhattan Community College. All juniors receive a full year of free SAT prep.

ADMISSIONS: Admission is by lottery with applications due in April. Priority goes to students who: have siblings at the school, are homeless or in temporary housing, have received preventive services from the Administration for Children’s Services, or have been in foster homes. The school accepts transfer students at all grade levels and some transfer in mid-year. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, February 2019, updated August 2022)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
76%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
70%
Average daily attendance
 
73%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
73%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
57%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
43%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

276
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
82%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
60%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
31%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
74%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
27%

Physics

 
3%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
15%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
5%

Music

 
38%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
26%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
58%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
54%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
45%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location

Location

555 Broome Street
Manhattan NY 10013

Trains: 1 Line, 6 Line, A Line, J Line, N Line, Q Line, Z Line to Canal St; C Line, E Line to Spring St; B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line to Broadway-Lafayette St; R Line, W Line to Prince St

Buses: M20, M21, M55


Contact

Principal: Lynette Ford

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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