Broome Street Academy Charter High School

Broome Street Academy Charter High School will prepare our young people for post-secondary success that leads to positive life outcomes. We value student strengths and will provide multiple pathways to success through a curriculum of rigorous academic, career and social instruction grounded in the principles of positive youth development.
Dec 6, 2016

BSA Winter Updates

This fall, we've had some very exciting updates at BSA.

We're looking forward to celebrating our first ever CHAMPION Day - it's a unique model in which our students have a staff mentor who cheers them on to success. We'll also be hosting an open house in December for any prospective 2017-2018 students.

We've just released a brand new video about our school as well - get to know BSA and what makes us unique by watching the video online now!

Finally, our Head of School was interviewed on PBS MetroFocus with the President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute to discuss how critical the EduHam program has been to helping young people creatively engage with history. Watch the video segment online now!

Sep 7, 2016

Back to School and in the News

School is back in session, but we've had a busy summer in the meantime!

After graduation, we had a special summer program - TAPE - focused on the arts and technology to help our students learn.

We also made major headlines, being featured on the74million.org, the National Mentoring Resource Center, and the Extra Credit Blog from the Northeast Charter Schools Network. We also were selected by New York City's Department of Education for a grant so that we can share best practices with public schools in the area - a major initiative for us that was featured in the New York Daily News.

As school begins, we're looking forward to a brand new year - with some new gear! The Marilyn Violet Foundation was kind enough to extend their charitable efforts with us by donating new backpacks, pencils, notebooks, and more to our students.

Jun 8, 2016

Broadway Bound

On Wednesday, May 11, a group of 45 Broome Street Academy students viewed the smash Broadway hit Hamilton and two BSA students performed their own history-inspired hip hop track before the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

BSA attended as a member of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's Hamilton Education Program, a curriculum sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation that uses the musical Hamilton to teach New York City students historical analysis techniques and the power of using art to tell history.

Hamilton, which racked up a whopping 16 Tony nominations, uses hip hop and other musical styles to communicate the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, a penniless immigrant from the Carribean who ascended to the heights of Revolutionary America through brilliance, drive, and eloquence. The musical's relatable story, diverse cast, and acclaimed tunes make it a valuable educational vehicle for BSA.

BSA is the only charter school participating in the Hamilton Education Program and was one of only a handful of schools whose students were invited to perform their own musical number.

Two BSA students, Tootie and Christopher, delivered a rap on the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, which is considered a seminal event that demonstrated that American democracy could succeed. The New York Daily News described their song as a "sick 32-bar monologue" with "a wicked Doug E. Fresh-style beat."

BSA students also had a chance to participate in an exclusive Q + A with the Hamilton cast. A number of BSA students will also be going to interview Alexander Hamilton's biographer Ron Chernow.

Miranda, who graduated from a New York City public school and recently received a MacArthur "Genius" Award, described the event as "the best day of the year."  

“If we can excite curiosity in students, there’s no telling what can happen next,” Miranda said previously about the Hamilton Education Program.

To see photos from the event, check out our "BSA Hamilton" Facebook Album.

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