The Bay Academy is located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Formerly known as the Reynolds Junior High School, it is a magnet school that offers courses in a wide range of disciplines, including creative writing, art, drama, math/computers, science, and music, featuring wind instruments, stringed instruments, and vocals. Admission into Bay Academy is selective. Applicants are required to take two "talent tests" and must be from School District 21. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the school had an enrollment of 1,051.
Alumni have gone to prestigious high schools, such as Midwood High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, and The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, as well as specialized high schools such as Stuyvesant High School and Brooklyn Technical High School.
Talents are specialized classes, determined by a student's entrance exam. They include creative writing, science, math/computers, dance , athletics, art, wind instruments, stringed instruments, drama, and vocals.
As part of Maria Timo's changes to the school, Spanish, French, and Italian have been replaced by Latin.
The Bay Academy offers a wide range of special classes, including Regents-level courses in biology and integrated algebra, as well as several programs intended to give students valuable life skills, such as the Stock Market Game which is for Computer Math Talent only. Additionally, the school takes part in the national Arista/Archon honors society.
Hosted by the Parent-Teacher Association, the Bay Academy has various shows throughout the school year. These include an annual Winter Concert, with students singing various Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa songs, a Spring Concert, and a Talent Show. There are also several dance performances, such as the Nutcracker Ballet.