Broome Street Academy Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Fresh new leadership

The Downside

Not for students who want a big school experience

Broome Street Academy is a free 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. 

Physically nestled inside The Door’s building, BSA students have easy access to homework help, career assistance, counseling, legal services, a computer lab, a recording studio and more. They may even eat dinner at The Door.

“This is exactly the kind of school that New York needs more of,” said Principal Melissa Silberman. “It’s hard to be a teenager. There are a lot of students who have these kinds of needs.”

A former principal of Automotive High School, Silberman took the helm in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, and two master’s degrees. She has launched two new programs at BSA: culinary arts and computer science. 

Silberman hired thirteen new teachers in her first year and said she was excited to give the school a fresh start. She sought an ethnically and racially diverse staff that reflects the student body. 

The staff increased consistency around safety and order and there were only three fights during Silberman's first semester, an improvement. “We’ve done a lot to change the culture and tone,” she said.

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 most failing students. 

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 have weak academic skills but high-achievers may take classes for college credit through Borough of Manhattan Community College. All juniors receive a full year of free SAT prep.

Silberman said she would like to “erase the digital divide” by providing one-to-one computers for all students but the school is not there yet. And, she said, while many teens flourish in a smaller setting, and transfer from big schools where they feel lost, BSA is not a good fit for a teen who prefers a big high school experience.

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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
48%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
37%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
58%
Average daily attendance
 
100%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
1%
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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
43%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

332
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2020-21 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?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
38%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
25%
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?
 
56%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

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?
 
63%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 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: Melissa Silberman

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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