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I.S. 98 Bay Academy

Public | 6-8 | 1244 students

 

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Posted September 6, 2014

I am a student at Bay and I can tell that it is a wonderful and amazing school. This school prepares us for high school and life in many ways This is a bully free school and the students their are very nice. This is a fantastic school. It also very safe. I would strongly recommend that you send your child to this school. Mark Twain is so over rated. Even though their are AC in only a few rooms the experience is worth it. They have state of the art gym and soon a brand new library. They also know that the transition from 5th grade to 6th is hard but they make it easy for you. I love this school and i am sure that you would love it too if you went their.


Posted March 24, 2014

This school is for eager students that would lunge at any great opportunity given to them. It is disappointing to hear parents complaing about lack of homework and education. Trust me, I graduated but I remember the horrors of the stacks of homework given to me. If your children say that they dont have homework or a project and etc. They are probably using it as an excuse to go outside or just watch TV or play games. The teachers 90% chance that she or he will give you homework today. A lot of times the homework is given ONLINE on EDLINE. IF your child have INFORMED you about the website that trackes your childs progress and notifies you about all of the homework given on that day. Also math teachers give homework EVERY DAY!!! It is by law! And stop whining about that the school never shows its SHSAT results! The point it there is nothing to HIDE! It is inside the building and there is a chart hanging near the school entrance. Around 70% of the students in this school get into Specialized High Schools and the rest 30% go to Midwood, Murrow, and Goldstein. Its right in front of the building. People like these bring a good school down. This school is the golden chance for your child


Posted October 4, 2013

This school is for gifted and talented students interested in drama, science, vocal, instrumental, art, dance, etc. We follow all common core procedures and all students try our best. All teachers are dedicated to their work and work hard to give us a nice education. Each class has science, Latin, social studies, math, and English, including talent as one of the classes. Students respect the teacher and ask questions when they are confused. Many find this school in an excellent learning environment and look forward to coming again the following year. I like the fact that the school allows us as a privilege to watch shows that the dance and vocal talent put on. I think the school could improve by at least having some air conditioned classes as well as the auditorium. All student complain they are hot, but no one could do anything about it.


Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter just started. she loves it. teachers are friendly, kids are fun, homework is challenging but exciting. We are pleased so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

My school is The Bay Academy. It is an excellent school. All of the classes, teachers and staff are fantastic. The school has received great ratings and reviews, from New York City DOE and others. AWESOME SCHOOL


Posted August 23, 2013

BEST SCHOOL EVERRRRRRRRRRR... just wish the gym could be fixed this year :/ Bay academy is really tight on subjects like math and science. In addition, the school divide you by your talents, so students can receive extra classes a week on doing what they love. ... YAYYYYY!


Posted August 22, 2013

Sure they give a lot of homework, but that's how we are going to deal with life! Teachers are nice and anything bad happens, it gets solved right away! It is clean, and a lot of students enjoy what they like to do in their talents!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Just spoke to the staff over the phone. Called to ask if they have after-school programs and bus services. The person from the main office was rude and speaking in a high tone, trying to dominate. I asked her to lower her voice and give me the information I need more in details. She said that she didn't know what they'd have in September, it is based on funding. Great! With this sentence she was ready to hang up leaving me with no answer. Anyway I told her that I will rate her, so others will be careful. I'm not sure should I send my child there or not?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

I graduated from this school three years ago, and am now a junior in Brooklyn Technical High School. For the person who said that Bay Academy doesn't report their Specialized HS acceptance rates, just about 75% in my graduating class (Computers & Math '10) got into either Tech, Stuy, or one of the prestigious non-SHSAT schools such as Midwood and such. Granted, I don't feel particularly prepared in the Bay for the rigor of high school (if any student sees this review, please learn proper studying habits now. My average in Bay was a 96, and now my transcript average is an 88, partially because the Bay didn't really encourage studying habits. Everything on the tests were relatively easy). However, it was a great school for developing social skills, I'll give it that.


Posted April 4, 2013

This school that I attend now, is like a home to me. Sure they give a lot of homework, but that's how we are going to deal with life! Teachers are nice and anything bad happens, it gets solved right away! It is clean, and a lot of students enjoy what they like to do in their talents!!!!!!


Posted March 16, 2013

The kids can get away with a lot of things, including disrespecting the teacher. Some talents have way more homework than others, and the kids' book bags are very heavy. However, the education is good, but not all teachers teach their students


Posted October 1, 2012

Definitely overrated! Administration is absolutely not accessible. No system or organization to classes. Teachers allow themselves to scream at their students. Not an egalitarian school, very hierarchical. Academic aspect is not strong either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

If this school is as great as it's staff claims to be, why they are hiding from public the results of SHSAT and acceptance statistics. in IS239 Mark Twain 314 out of 450 kids were admitted to Specialized HS, including 99 to Stuyvesant. however, Bay Academy does not reveal their rate under any circumstances. Apparently there is not much to be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

The school has a strong rating, but only few teachers actually teach kids something at Bay. A lot of times, they don'd even give kids HW! My daughter had Math & Computers as her talent, during 6th grade she did not have math homework for almost 6 month! At the same time all of her grades a very high (who needs a grade without a backup?!) The school can be a good choice for an average kid, but it's not good enough for smart child. They will have a hard time to get in a good high school & keep up there. I'm very disappointed with a school choice I made a couple of years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

This is a school that is amazing to work at. The students try their best and always push for more. The administration is amazing at everything they do. Honestly, this school is heaven for the staff members and the students and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 16, 2012

It is a great school and gives good education. Bay Academy is one of my top schools, I feel that this school is ten times better than Mark Twain. Everyday when I leave school I look up and admit no other school can beat this one.


Posted April 6, 2011

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL it is like my second home everyday waking up to go to school is amazing the time passes by so fast because they make learning fun I never wanted to go to Mark Twain i honestly feel bay academy is better <3


Posted August 21, 2010

I graduated from this school a year ago. Although, the work may be challenging at times, but teachers are always there to help. This school is like a home to us students.


Posted June 25, 2010

Ever since the new principal has taken control, there is a large lack of discipline, students can get away with anything and they know it. There are to many fights and there is no respect for the staff, I am glad my child is leaving this year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

The teachers are amazing! This school really brought my self-esteem up.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

449 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

449 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

407 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the middle school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 53% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 31% 9%
Hispanic 1 9% 23%
Black 2 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 157%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Russian

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 2533 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents121097%
Students126298%
Teachers6198%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIA TIMO
Fax number
  • (718) 891-3865

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Russian

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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1401 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: (718) 891-9005

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