North BK Schools in Spotlight

P.S. 18 Edward Bush ps 18 01

101 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Principal: Alison Alexander

What’s new at your school this year?

For one we will be implementing a Spanish Dual Language program starting with Kindergarten this year!  To support the dual language program we also implemented a Pre-Kindergarten Spanish Immersion program this year. The purpose of the Pre K program is to expose students to the Spanish language to prepare them for Dual Language in kindergarten next year.

Also we will be initiating Thinking Maps! Thinking Maps provide a framework to organize information and make thinking visible. There are 8 maps and each one has specific cognitive language to support vocabulary development and comprehension. Thinking Maps will be implemented in grades Pre K –5.


Brooklyn Arbor aBrooklyn Arbor School 

325 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
I.A. Principal: Eva Irizarry

How do you maintain quality as you grow?

Although we are up to 550 students after a three year expansion, we still have a “small school feel” to us! All staff members, including school leadership, gets to know all of the students and families and works tirelessly to build strong, lasting relationships built on trust, understanding and respect.

Also, 100% of staff members at Brooklyn Arbor have been hand-selected for their positions. Teachers go through a six part screening process and only those who are best suited for positions, are hired. These decisions are made by a team of staff members who make it their top priority to recruit and select the most qualified, dedicated, experienced and well matched candidates.


P.S. 34 Oliver Hazard Perryps 34

131 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Principal: Carmen Asselta
Est. 1867

What is behind your school’s endurance as you are the oldest continuously operating Elementary School in Brooklyn?

At P.S. 34 we are committed to the academic success of every child.  The school’s mission is to teach a rigorous academic curriculum, complemented by a wide range of engaging enrichment opportunities, inclusive of the arts, in a supportive and safe environment.  Our students are challenged to become lifelong learners who are well prepared for the demands of the 21st century.  We believe the high expectations of today will nurture successful and productive citizens of tomorrow.  As a community of professional learners we empower our students to grow academically by teaching them critical and analytical thinking skills in full alignment with state and national standards.  Supported by and in collaboration with families and community members, we expect students to aim high by addressing the individual needs of diverse learners and by strengthening the development of a well rounded child who is fully prepared for the educational complexities beyond elementary school.


ps 250P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay
108 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Principal: Nora Barnes

How does your school best serve the needs of your students?
We offer a safe, pleasant environment with a challenging curriculum. P.S. 250 recognizes that each child is unique with varied and different abilities, learning styles and talents. Each staff member ensures educational success for our students with their total commitment, support and hard work. In addition our school recognizes, appreciates and welcomes the assistance and dedication of its parents and caregivers as we strive to bring out the best in children, in terms of their emotional, academic and social development. Active parental involvement, coupled with the vast resources within the school community, add an essential dimension to developing the education of each child


M.S. 577/Conselyea Prep MS 577 01a
208 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Principal: Maria Masullo

Tell us about your school:

School’s back in session at Middle School 577, Williamsburg’s centrally-located middle school, tucked just a block off the neighborhood’s bustling Bedford Avenue.  This year we are very excited to welcome so many eager students with the desire to learn.  At Middle School 577 the students become confident young adolescents.  There is a strong aroma of learning in and out of the classroom.  Our academic program is rigorous and allows the students to embrace learning and achieve academic success.  Our teachers develop strong partnerships with our families as we continue to share the same goals for our school.

The family oriented atmosphere continues to prove success for our teachers and students. As a school community we foster an environment where each child is valued and cared for. Our parents are strong supporters of our school and continuously show their support to enhance learning and build leaders for the future.

Students from all five boroughs bring the determination needed to enhance their education and build upon their character. We are proud to have so many of our 577 students venture back to our middle school hallways and share their success stories.

Throughout the school year, students are offered a plethora of extracurricular activities – ranging from guitar, student government and robotics to yoga, hip-hop and ballroom dancing.  Our “club” periods allow our students to grow socially and emotionally.  It gives them the opportunity to meet other students with the same interest and learn from each other.

Middle School 577 is located just off the Bedford station on the L line at 208 North 5th Street, and serviced by bus lines B24/48/62, as well as Q54/59.  For more information, please call Mrs. Marchione for the Fall Open House schedule.  Karen Marchione (Parent Coordinator) 718-486-6211.


bwccBeginning With Children Charter School 
185 Ellery Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11206
Principal: Valerie Davis-Fells
Est. 1992

BwCCS is a diverse, caring and nurturing learning community that fosters high academic achievement and the development of ethical character for elementary and middle school students. An enriched curriculum and dynamic partnerships between the school, families and community enable all students to excel. Continual assessment and evaluation enhance the educational program. BwCCS prepares graduates for success in high school, college and beyond by developing independent thinkers and active citizens.

CHAMPS Middle School Sports & Fitness program promotes health-related fitness through a mix of several after-school and before-school activities. The ultimate goal is for students to grow to be CHAMPS — Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive Students — for life.


PS 132 The Conselyea SchoolPS 132 01a
320 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Principal: Beth Lubeck

Your motto is:

Where creativity is sparked and fervor for learning is instilled.

How do you put your motto into action?

A rigorous reading curriculum has been created by the staff.  A true love of literacy fostered. We embrace a hands-on approach to mathematics.  Students develop a conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts within real world context. We are aware of the importance of the use of technology in today’s society. Technology is incorporated in all subject areas, providing learners with various opportunities to discover its many different purposes. The students of P.S. 132 become aware of our community and the world around us as they engage in social studies explorations.  At P.S. 132, we embrace the opportunity to develop the gifts and talents of all students by providing enrichment opportunities.  The implementation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, has empowered students to participate in clusters based upon their interests. We continue to instill the importance of being active and responsible members of our community through rich give back opportunities. We hope our students will learn that giving is a lifelong skill connected to happiness.


MS 126 01 bM.S. 126 John Ericsson Middle School
424 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Principal: Maria Ortega

Core values: Achieve, Trust, Integrity, Teamwork, Transparency

What is your school’s signature?

We are a proud “Community School” in Greenpoint that services our student and parent community with a transformative educational approach to address whole needs of children and provide targeted services such as vision care, mentoring, arts and sports education, social workers and other mental health services, youth leadership programming, and academic enrichment.

The John Ericsson Magnet School for Environmental Engineering believes in education for a sustainable future.  We engage students in inquiry and project based learning to help them become critical thinkers who are actively engaged in their community and beyond.


Progress High School Progress High 02
850 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Principal: William Jusino

How would you describe your school?

We say here that Progress High School is one of the best kept secrets of the city, and by “we” that means the administration, teachers, staff, parents, and students.

When you come here there is a welcoming environment. This is our goal. It is one of our beliefs that when the students are here the welcoming environment is conducive to their learning, and they will be able to excel. In addition, our school-based groups are a safe haven for them.

This welcoming environment is also experienced by parents, who are given resources.


EBT 01 aEBT High School
850 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Principal: Holger Carillo
Est. 1996

What makes your school extraordinary?

Foremost is the number and range of challenging, college-level, courses.  Our school offers Advanced Placement courses in nine subjects, ranging from English Literature to Calculus to Music Theory, as well as two new International Baccalaureate courses.  We also offer Career and Technical Education Programs in Hospitality and Tourism and CISCO Networking; students are prepared for industry standard examinations in both these fields.
Another highlight is our extremely successful music performance program. EBT students who have an interest in music are encouraged to join our music program, even if they have no experience with an instrument. In collaboration with our two sister schools at the Grand Street Campus, our program has four large performance ensembles, two singing groups, two jazz bands, and various smaller groups.  The program has received numerous grants in the past year, including almost $60,000 worth of instruments from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation; an Arts SPACE grant to install a new acoustic shell in our auditorium; and a piano donated by Barry Manilow during his farewell tour. These items will make our program even more capable of reaching out to, providing great music education for our students.


The Green School The Green School a
223 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206
Principal: Cara Tait

You are a Community School, what does that mean?
Since it’s opening in 2006, the Green School has been committed to the development of responsible global citizens through its curriculum and commitment to social and emotional development. The Green School curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities to collaborate with one another, problem solve, and analyze and address social justice issues connected to their communities and beyond. The Green School has worked with teaching artists throughout the last three years designing murals throughout Williamsburg that connect to environmental and social justice issues. This year, through funding provided by the Walentas Foundation, the school will continue with this art advocacy work.

The Green School also remains committed to providing young people with opportunities to reflect on who they are, and to truly develop an identity as a citizen of the world. Through its commitment to restorative justice, its advisory curriculum, and personalized learning opportunities, Green School students are known and cared for throughout the school community. This year, TGS is continuing as a DOE Community School. Through the partnership with St. Nicks Alliance, Green School students and families now how access to resources throughout the greater Williamsburg community.

Author: The Greenline

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