Broome Street Academy Charter High School

Broome Street Academy prepares all of its students to graduate with Regents diplomas through a rigorous curriculum that is grounded in the principles of positive youth development. We believe that all students, when adequately supported, can achieve anything.
May 21, 2014

Inspiring student success

Mural Created by BSA Students and Artist, Inocente
Mural Created by BSA Students and Artist, Inocente

What haven’t we been doing here at BSA since February!? Over the past few months we’ve had some exciting visitors, excellent arts programming, and of course, a constant focus on academics.

In March, BSA hosted New York City Schools’ Chancellor Carmen Farina for a visit. The Chancellor was very impressed with our school, particularly the way our teachers run their classrooms, the community feel, and the collaborative attitude amongst all staff and students. She mentioned her visit to BSA on a television interview with NY1 and during her 100 days speech. It was very meaningful for us to hear such positive feedback from such an influential leader.

The Chancellor mentioned how invested all of our staff and students were in their learning. How do we get students invested? Well, it’s unique for each individual. Everyone has an academic plan, but each student needs different types of support and engagement to succeed. Some find engagement through after-school activities, like our Cosmetology Club, sponsored and supported by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Bobbi Brown staff and make-up artists visit the club once a month to lead a make-up lesson and discuss all the various careers and jobs that fall within the cosmetics industry. Providing our students with insight into the expansive world of their possible futures helps to motivate them to remain invested in their school work and look to the future as a motivator to overcome barriers to success.

Other students find motivation through the arts. BSA was asked by the National Arts Club to participate in a week-long gallery event titled “Inspiring Arts Education Summit”. One of three featured schools, BSA selected 30 pieces of art to display in the National Arts Club’s Trask Gallery. The event’s headlining artist, Inocente, the focus of the Academy Award Winning Short Documentary, visited BSA and collaborated with our students on two murals. Inocente was a formerly homeless youth that used art to cope with her difficult surroundings – something that many of our students could relate to.

Our students also have access to mentors, counseling, support groups, sports, and more to supplement and support their academics. Ultimately, we’re all working towards ensuring each student graduates with a high school diploma and so many of our students are succeeding. In late March we held an academic awards ceremony to acknowledge our students success to-date giving out superlatives for each student, including “Most likely to bring a smile to your face” and “Most considerate and reflective student”.

Our academic classes are enhanced by prep classes focused on PSATs and SATs. As the year’s end approaches, we have after-school test-prep sessions and Regents University – a program that supports our students in preparing for the New York State exams required for graduation. It’s go time from here on out and we’ll all be working hard to finish this school year on a high note.

We are so appreciative of your interest and support of BSA. Visit our website and join our mailing list to learn more about our school and stay up-to-date on events and activities.

PS: We recently successfully completed a campaign to bring soccer to our school – check out this video where our students explain what a soccer team means to them!

Chancellor Farina with Dr. McKeon
Chancellor Farina with Dr. McKeon
A Bobbi Brown Make-Up Artist Teaches BSA Students
A Bobbi Brown Make-Up Artist Teaches BSA Students
Students with artwork at the National Arts Club
Students with artwork at the National Arts Club
BSA students participating in test prep
BSA students participating in test prep
Feb 19, 2014

Calculating Progress and Encouraging Engagement

BSA students participating in Door programming.
BSA students participating in Door programming.

It has been a very cold and snowy winter for us this year, but the halls of BSA have been bustling with activity nonetheless. Over the past few months, we’ve looked at BSA’s progress to date and hosted multiple community building events to strengthen our student and caregiver culture.

BSA recently did a comprehensive data analysis of our progress to-date. Specifically, we looked at attendance, grade point average (GPA), New York State Regents (state-mandated exams) performance, and engagement with our partner social service agency, The Door. Half-way through our third year, we have seen a lot of progress and student growth. Highlights from the above categories include:

  • Average daily attendance has increased each school year since our opening in 2011.
  • Students’ GPAs have improved over time, showing consistent steady growth from year to year.
  • Nearly half of all 10th and 11th grade students are ahead of schedule in terms of the number of New York State Regents exams they have passed to date.
  • Student engagement in programming at The Door has increased steadily this year compared to previous years, with significant growth in the number of students accessing counseling and clinical mental health services.

We are pleased to see that our model is supporting students on their path to graduation, and we will continue to strive for further growth. Specifically, we are seeking more intensive and deliberate programming for students who are chronically truant, and developing additional cross-organizational programming with The Door, such as college access and career exploration.

School events have proven to be a positive method of engaging students and strengthening the BSA community. In December, BSA hosted its first annual Holiday Talent Show where students performed for friends and family through song, dance, musical instruments, monologues and more. Staff members and Board members also joined in on the fun. Entirely student-produced, everyone who participated felt great pride in putting on a fantastic display of talent. Having been such a great success, BSA plans to host an annual Talent Show moving forward.

As a means to further strengthen the caregiver community, BSA hosted its second annual Winter Wonderland Dinner in January. This pot luck style dinner brings staff, students and caregivers together around the dinner table to share a meal. The dinner functions as a positive space to build relationships with caregivers outside of the classroom. It was a very meaningful evening.

The second week of February was BSA’s Anti-Bullying Week, where teachers, staff and students lead workshops and programming on the negative impact of bullying and the positive impact of acceptance, encouragement and camaraderie. Throughout the week, students and staff wrote anonymous notes, aka “Warm and Fuzzies,” to students, which were then posted on a huge wall for the whole community to see. Students then located the messages sent to them to keep as reminders of their self-worth and positive addition to the BSA community.

Our second annual Winter Art Show is scheduled for March 13th from 6-8pm. Last year’s event was a huge success with over 100 pieces of art being sold. Half the proceeds of each piece go directly to the student artist, while the other half is donated to support the arts at BSA. It’s a fabulous, fun and free event and we encourage you to attend! Learn more and RSVP here today!

Once again, we sincerely appreciate your interest and support of BSA.  Visit our website and join our mailing list to learn more about our school and stay up-to-date on events and activities.

Student performers at the Holiday Talent Show
Student performers at the Holiday Talent Show
A student performed the tango with Ms. McKeon
A student performed the tango with Ms. McKeon
The Winter Wonderland Dinner
The Winter Wonderland Dinner
The Anti-Bullying Week "Warm & Fuzzies Wall"
The Anti-Bullying Week "Warm & Fuzzies Wall"

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Nov 20, 2013

Great Kick-Off to the New School Year!

BSA - a part of the American Grad Day Campaign
BSA - a part of the American Grad Day Campaign

What a busy time of year! With fall festivities coming to an end and the holidays approaching, everyone’s schedules are packed to the brim, and we’re excited to share some exciting updates with you.

In September, BSA was a part of PBS/WNET’s American Graduate Day Campaign, a day-long broadcast dedicated to raising awareness of America's dropout phenomenon. BSA was selected to be highlighted as an organization committed to decreasing the dropout rate in New York City. An interview with three very special members of our community aired across the nation and can still be found on the American Graduate website! We asked viewers to share a Message of Hope to our students, encouraging them to continue working hard on obtaining a high school diploma. You can send a Message of Hope today, too, by visiting our website!

Reports on comparative data amongst New York City schools were recently published and showed that BSA has a lot to be proud of. The city compares BSA to peer schools, which are similar in size and population, and also to schools in the city at-large. BSA outperformed its peer schools in math, science and U.S. history Regents pass rates, and outperformed the city at-large in math and science! The annual student and parent surveys showed that BSA outperformed peer schools and the city-at large for ratings on engagement, communication, and academic expectations. It’s great to hear such positive feedback from our students and their families.

Lastly, after many months of construction and dedicated support from friends like you, we’ve finished BSA’s new Science Wing! For the first two years, we had operated without full science labs. The new Science Wing has three state-of-the-art labs designated for earth science, biology, and chemistry, (with physics to come next year).  

To thank our supporters and celebrate the new space, we held a Ribbon Cutting event on November 13th, where we also took the time to introduce new Head of School, Ms. Barbara McKeon to the BSA community. It was a great success, especially as we had some of our brightest students helping out by giving tours of the new space. Students also gave stand out musical, theatrical and comedic performances. We were so thankful to have so many friends and supporters celebrate with us – it was a great event to show our students how many people care about them and their success! Check out our facebook page - we'll be adding pictures soon!

Once again, thanks to all of you for your interest in and support of BSA. If you want to learn more about our school, please feel free to visit our website and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on all things BSA!

Send a Message of Hope to our students today!
Send a Message of Hope to our students today!
Students led tours at our Ribbon Cutting event.
Students led tours at our Ribbon Cutting event.
One student sang acapella  for all the guests.
One student sang acapella for all the guests.
It was great to celebrate with our supporters!
It was great to celebrate with our supporters!
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