School Details

Benjamin Banneker Academy

77 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 797-3702

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 908 students 21 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

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.
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About this school

Benjamin Banneker Academy is a public high school in New York. The principal of Benjamin Banneker Academy is PRINCIPAL - MS. DEONCA RENEE, whose e-mail is 908 children attend Benjamin Banneker Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the Benjamin Banneker Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 908 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Benjamin Banneker Academy is 21:1. Dr Susan S McKinney Secondary School of the Arts is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 87% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% None%
Limited English proficiency 0% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Banneker is great ... I am currently a freshman at Banneker and I can honestly say its amazing. the teachers care and make it easy to keep up with your grades and offer plenty of oppurtunities afterschool if you do not understand. They help prepare us for the regents and I was able to take 3 January regents thanks to their help. GREAT SCHOOL !!

  • (3 years ago)

    I haven't exactly started going here yet. I literally just got the acceptance letter a few hours ago. From what everyone else here is saying and from when I first went to visit this school I think it seems good enough. I REALLY hope I enjoy my time here!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a 2009 graduate from Benjamin Banneker Academy I must say that my teachers and taking advantage of the AP courses offered has prepared me well for college. Now a junior pursing my BA degree I often look back on what I learned in high school and I must say this school really is great all around.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a Freshman this year. I thought these reviews were lies but when I entered Banneker I realized that they were true. The teachers really care and it just feels like one big family. The seniors are not mean to younger students. Everybody basically get along.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school so far. I am enjoying myself here and i look forward to seeing what else the school has to offer.

  • (4 years ago)

    My Daughter Is now A senior in This School and she has really enjoyed her time the teachers have such a "one on one" with parents and students about their academics for the most part.They also encourage the students to strive for whatever they feel will make them successful in the future. I love it

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school! My daughter started this year and has adapted very well. All of the teachers and staff are engaged and show great concern for the childrens learning. In addition their are a great deal of extracurriculer activities. Parents are involved and the principal is really excellent!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my first year at this school and I love it because the atmosphere is great and once you get to know people it's like a family. I can't say all because I don't know all teachers but most really care and will work with you to make sure you have clarification and understanding on a particular topic. We are a community so if one fails we all fail.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my daughters first year at the school and for a freshman has made such a transition from middle school to high school without any problems. The teachers are pretty much responsive to the parents inquiries and the work seems to be on par. Overall it's a great school with a great atmosphere.

  • (5 years ago)

    its aterrible school i dont know what these people are talking about the kids are extremely snobby and the teachers dont care at all the pricipal never shows up those kids were paid to write that all

  • (6 years ago)

    I go to this school and I would have to say that teachers in this school really seem to care. This school is more of a family rather than a school. We have our differences but in the end we always manage to work things out

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently attend benjmin banneker. Im a jr. I can truly say it has changed my view on life and has taught me many things. Our principle mr.Rocks iz leaving this year but is leavin the school in good hands. There is no place you can find where its easy to know every one and the tearchers will always be there to listen to you even if you hardly know them. My experience at banneker for the past two years has been amazing. I'm proud to attend this school and there isnt a place better or that I'd rather be at.

  • (6 years ago)

    Incredible school with caring teacher and a history of success your child would be fortunate to do all four years in Banneker and then forever be part of the Banneker family.

  • (7 years ago)

    I go to this school and I'm recently a sophomore.This school is safe and productive.Ive learned so much in 9th grade and so forth.i am absolutely amazed at the excellence of this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    A great school located in the Downtown Brooklyn area of New York City. The instructors will motivate your child beyond their wildest dreams. A multicultural setting where academic excellence is encouraged and expected. Especially in the Sciences and Math. Although students begin their day at 8 15 AM - students can attend school from 7 00 AM till 7 00 PM depending on their choices in extra circular activities. They have a great a Music Dept Dance Instruction Poetry & sports to keep your child busy. Parents feel very motivated to support the school due to the great feeling of community you experience in the school. The staff is professional and courteous. They are always ready to help your child help his or herself towards excellence.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my son's second year. I find that the quality of the academic program excel my expectation. The school really offer their student a chance not only to get better grades but they always encourage them to participate in after activities. I have great regards to the PTA as they have kept in close contact of the activity occuring at the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Although I wasonly in banneker for one school year i think i learned a lot. The teachers are great and so is the principal.

  • (9 years ago)

    small school with small class sizes. teachers show genuine interestv i education.

  • (9 years ago)

    Although Banneker provides a good education for its students the administration can be somewhat unorganized in terms of distributing report cards and keeping up with student records.

  • (10 years ago)

    Benjamin Banneker provides a comprehensive course of study and acquiring the knowlegde and skills kids need to adapt to society. Students will be ready for the world and all the resonplity that it holds it also lets the kids meet people who may very well change their lives. this school is one of the best schools around if you are looking for a school to put your children or child.

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