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Brooklyn Democracy Academy

Dez-Ann Romain, Principal
985 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Phone: 718-342-6590, Fax: 718-342-6708,

Paul Ragusa-Schweitzer, Assistant Vice President
Education, Youth & Career Development Services and Community Partnership Programs
Phone: 718-758-7836,

Brooklyn Democracy Academy is a transfer school–a small, academically rigorous high school designed to reengage and support students who have dropped out or fallen behind, and, as a result, are lacking sufficient credits for their age and grade. Transfer schools offer personalized learning environments with smaller class settings. Brooklyn Democracy Academy (BDA) is a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and JCCA.

BDA is committed to providing an interesting, challenging educational program that helps students overcome obstacles and attain their goals. We are committed to building a community where students, staff, and families work together to support students’ needs. Together, we help our students earn a high school diploma, explore their interests, and build important life skills. We prepare our graduates for post-secondary education and/or employment, healthy personal relationships, and active participation in the community.

“I felt all the love”: Antony “Terell” Jackson

Terell didn’t take his education seriously until he came Brooklyn Democracy Academy (BDA) in Brownsville, Brooklyn. JCCA’s small, academically rigorous transfer high school (in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Education) is designed to reengage and support students...

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Supportive, personalized learning environment

  • Small school of 200 students
  • 20-25 students per class
  • Individualized relationships with Advocate Counselors who provide support and guidance
  • Highly qualified teachers who address the learning styles of each student

Opportunities for personal growth and career development

  • Workshops and seminars to develop talents and interests
  • Leadership, employment and independent living skills development
  • Paid internships throughout the school year and employment opportunities after graduation
  • Community service activities
  • College/career exploration and planning
  • CUNY At Home In College Program (CUNY college courses at BDA)
  • APEX Learning Online courses
  • State of the art Media Center and computer lab
  • Hydrophonics hands-on science class
  • Extracurricular activities, including PSAL (Public School Athletic League) boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, day/overnight college trips (SUNY, CUNY, HBCU), chess club, cheerleading, step team, annual talent and fashion show

Brooklyn Democracy Academy is a partnership of JCCA and the NYC Department of Education.