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Brooklyn High School of the Arts

Public | 9-12 | 673 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2014

Don't really like it anymore. The removed and fired all of the good profound teachers that made learning fun, and replaced them with terrible teachers who can't control the class and criticize the children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2014

Teachers and staff are awesome. The guidance counselor Ms Medina is a rockstar. My 10th grader enjoys schools she is well prepared for state exams, tutoring and extra assistance are always available by teachers etc. The principal however could do a better job at ensuring the students have the resources necessary to properly teach the children ... but I have to admit this lack of material has made staff get very creative this past year in ensuring their students grasp all content.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2013

This is a good school with talented students and many great teachers. I am a senior here and our school has many great connections. We have connections with Carnegie Hall and BAM. We recently had Angela Bassett and Samuel L Jackson visit our school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

the school has went downhill since Mr. Finley left, Mr. Scandone is not in charge of music, and Drew was the best guidance counselor ever and he cared about the students...now I can't wait for my child to graduate because it is so depressing, information is never recieved and teachers figure that they should deal with the kids with matters of class attendance...in other words BHSA doesn't care anymore...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Either the school is always late with information or the information is never broadcasted. Most students had delayed graduation dates because they lack information on what thaey have to do. The guidenence counselor doesnt interact with the students and some teachers have a nonchalant approach to students academics .
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2005

Kids there are very nice, there is no popilatity and everyone one fit in as one family, academic levels arent so high, however they have programs to send you to to get your share of help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

I think that Mr. Finley and the staff are working very hard to make the school as success. I believe that the school should have extracurricular activities. This will make it more enjoyable for the students. Safety and discipline: safety is well under control. Great job on the part of the staff! Discipline? Because one cannot control most undisciplined children this is a challenge. Overall I believe that BHSA will become one of Brooklyn s finest schools. Unfortunately my daughter will not have had the privilege of enjoying what HS is really about. I mean the extra-added fun. Cheerleading, basketball, softball, volleyball, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
60%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
73%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
71%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
76%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students74%
Female71%
Male82%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Chemistry

All Students38%
Female43%
Male26%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Non-migrant38%

Earth Science

All Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

English

All Students65%
Female70%
Male56%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities32%
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female74%
Male86%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Global History and Geography

All Students65%
Female67%
Male61%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities29%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Integrated Algebra

All Students74%
Female76%
Male69%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities53%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%

Living Environment

All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities33%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Physics

All Students23%
Female28%
Malen/a
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Non-migrant23%

U.S. History and Government

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities57%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the high 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 76% 19%
Hispanic 1 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
White 2 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 267%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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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 838 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

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
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents13819%
Students66490%
Teachers3686%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARGARET LACEY-BERMAN

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Arts all
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B103, B25, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65. Subways - 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R to Atlantic Av-Barclays Center-4th Av; G to Fulton St; A to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts; C to Lafayette Av
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
School leaders can update this information here.

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345 Dean St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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