Looking for back to school resources in Brooklyn? Consult our Brooklyn back-to-school guide to find schools; after-school classes, aftercare programs, and activities in music and dance, art and theater, sports programs, academic enrichment programs, tutors, and much more in Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg, Park Slope and the rest of Brooklyn, NY.
And be sure to check out the Queens and NYC guides too!
7426 15th Ave.
4724 Ave. N
Between our two Brooklyn-area locations and in-house theatre, Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum for students, kindergarten to college. Our staff is comprised of professional actors and musicians. Our after-school program includes all levels of acting, musical theatre, improvisation, and film/television, as well as private lessons for singing, piano, and audition preparation. Many Acting Out! students have graced Broadway stages and prestigious performing arts institutions, but most important, all our students are improving their futures and increasing self-confidence under our caring and passionate guidance because we love what we do!
3 Great Convenient Brooklyn Locations:
4626 Flatlands Ave.
1866 Flatbush Ave.
9411 Ave. L
We offer everything from Ballet to Gymnastics. Our classes start from age two through adult. Call or stop in one of our three convenient Brooklyn locations for more information. We also offer a Free Trial Class, but don't forget your Brooklyn Parent Coupon!
1313 81st St.,
Art 81 provides children and adults opportunities to pursue personal interests in visual arts, while developing technical skills and an awareness of art history. Lessons are developed around individual student strengths and curiosities rather than the expectation that students adhere to a predetermined course of study. The services are agreed upon by the student and/or parent and teacher. Scheduling is flexible and materials for students under age 18 are provided.
B.P. WISE OWL TUTORING
I am a Level 1-trained Wilson Reading teacher with a BS and an MS in Special Education/Learning Disabilities who retired from the New York City Department of Education after 32 years. I founded my tutoring business in 2004, and have worked with children ages 7 and older since that time. I work with one student at a time in my home office only, but am quite affordable and flexible in scheduling sessions after school and in the evenings.
BAY RIDGE AVE CHILD CARE CENTER
1206 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn
We believe that children learn through play. Children will be encouraged to stimulate their minds through free play and structured activities which will aid in expanding their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our staff works to provide a safe environment that includes appropriate role modeling and positive reinforcement. Afterschool program available for Kindergarten students; pick-up from PS 176. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." - Albert Einstein.
BAY RIDGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
6301 12th Ave., Brooklyn
The Bay Ridge Montessori School is located on the park-like grounds of the Angel Guardian campus of Mercy First. The staff provides a non-competitive but challenging environment designed to meet the individual needs of the children. The children range in age from 2-5 years, and attend anywhere from two half days to five full days (9am-3:30pm). Early drop-off is available, as is a six-week summer program.
6722 Fort Hamilton Parkway (entrance on 67th St. & 9th Ave),
BounceU is Brooklyn’s newest party and play facility. We specialize in private celebrations and after-school active fun for all ages. BounceU offers two giant stadium rooms filled with huge inflatable equipment, and BounceU’s own Spider Mountain. Make your reservations today to play in our clean, climate-controlled facility. Our friendly, energetic staff will ensure that after-school active time is fun and memorable. Call today for more information about our awesome facility.
BRAINY ACADEMY NY
792 Union St., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn
We are an enrichment and tutoring center specializing in children ages 2-12. We offer a complete range of classes including bilingual Montessori classes for children ages 2-3½ and 3½-5½. Additionally, Brainy Academy offers innovative one-on-one tutoring in all subjects, summer enrichment programs (camp alternative) for children ages 2-12, and special workshops.
BRIENZA'S ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE
8696 18th Ave.
1902 Ave. T
259 Rose Ave., Staten Island
Brienza’s Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of programs for students in K-grade 12. We specialize in TACHS, SHSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation. Our programs help students to increase their skills and knowledge, enabling them to reach their full potential. We offer tutoring in all subject areas (both one-to-one and share-a-tutor groups), test preparation courses, and SETSS (P-4) services to qualified students. Call to speak with one of our educational specialists who can help you choose the best option for your child. Please register early as space is limited.
BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL
375 Pearl St., Brooklyn
Joan Martin, Director of Communications ?Pre-K through 12th grade
Brooklyn Friends is a vibrant, thriving community of learners, actively engaged in intellectual growth, service, and active participation in the arts and athletics. Founded in 1867, the school provides a college preparatory program from Preschool-Grade 12 guided by the Quaker principles of truth, simplicity, and peace. The Upper School at 55 Willoughby Street is one of the few NYC schools to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program, and the Family Center at 189 Schermerhorn Street offers a 5-day program for 2 year olds.
BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL
126 Saint Felix St., Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Music School views art as an essential part of basic education and a means by which individuals connect with that unique part of themselves. BMS makes available access to the performing arts regardless of income, age, previous experience, or professional aspirations. BMS is proud of its 100-year tradition of excellence while dedicated to the high standards of a performing arts institute of the 21st Century. BMS offers affordable and high-quality private and group Music and Dance, Rock, Jazz, and Classical Ensemble classes. BMS also has an excellent after-school program.
BROOKLYN TREEHOUSE PRESCHOOL
639 4th Ave., Brooklyn
Brooklyn Treehouse Preschool is a newly constructed 3,200 square foot school in Park Slope for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds opening fall 2013. Lisa Armentano, owner and educational director, brings over 25 years of experience and expertise in the New York educational system. At Brooklyn Treehouse, we are passionate about providing your child with the strong foundation required to be successful in all aspects of life. Our mission is to provide a stimulating environment to create meaningful experiences for your child every day. At Brooklyn Treehouse, you will find a warm, nurturing atmosphere at extremely competitive pricing.
CHALLENGE EARLY INTERVENTION CENTER
Executive office: 649 39th St., Brooklyn
Queens office: 72-38 Main St., Flushing
Staten Island office: 1911 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
Twenty-five years of excellence! Multilingual developmental evaluations, early intervention, ABA, day care, and inclusion programs for children ages newborn-3 in home, community, and our center. Contracted with NYC Early Intervention Program. Speech-language, occupational, and physical therapies, special instruction, ABA, assistive technology, service coordination, and more. Support groups, educational workshops, social work, and counseling services for families. No out-of-pocket cost to parents. Challenge provides an intensive, behaviorally based program for children on the autism spectrum.
CITIZENS OF THE WORLD NY
424 Leonard St., Brooklyn
Our mission is to provide a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students. Our schools offer an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops the student’s confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as a citizen of the world in which we live. Contact us today.
CLUB Z! IN-HOME TUTORING OF BROOKLYN
Club Z! of Brooklyn provides highly individualized, one-on-one instruction in all subjects, for students of all ages. Our tutors are experienced, degreed professionals and/or state-certified instructors, with impeccable credentials and a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching. We use our students' school curricula and guarantee increased confidence in the classroom, higher grades, stronger study skills, and enhanced motivation. We offer tutoring at home or other convenient locations, flexible scheduling, affordable rates, and excellent support for students of all abilities. We serve all Brooklyn neighborhoods.
510 Fulton St.
982 Flatbush Ave.
265 Livingston St.
166-21 Jamaica Ave.
1534 Westchester Ave.
576 Melrose Ave.
Established in 1975, Cookie’s Kids is a one-stop-shop for school uniforms, children’s clothing, toys, furniture, and accessories – all at the most affordable prices throughout NYC and the web. As summer winds down, Cookie’s Kids welcomes savvy shoppers who want to find all their back-to-school favorites in one place. From shoes to backpacks, we provide everything a kid could need for school. For store locations or to shop online, check out cookieskids.com!
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SPEECH - LANGUAGE AND HEARING CLINIC
1 University Place, Brooklyn
The Downtown Brooklyn Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, located at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to monolingual and bilingual children, adolescents and adults with communication, hearing and/or swallowing disorders. We provide specialized intervention for children with delayed speech and language development, autistic spectrum disorders, language/learning disabilities, and auditory processing disorders. CPSE Contacts and RSA's are accepted. We offer affordable rates and a reduced fee schedule if needed.
7612 13th Ave.
FasTracKids is a school outside of school for ages 3-12. Our supplemental programs are designed to complement your child's schooling. We offer world-class, proven programs, designed to help your child reach his/her maximum potential. Whether it’s critical thinking, math, reading, speech, leadership, or enrichment in our 12 exciting subjects, we have the right combination for your child. If your goal is to help your child get ahead or get into the gifted and talented programs, we have the proven systems that can get them there. Best of all, we make learning fun!
FIVE POINTS LEARNING
641 President St., Suite 101
461 Sixth St.
8508 5th Ave., 3rd Floor
Give your child the gift of knowledge. At Five Points Learning, we offer programs in computer programming, video game design, robotics, and more. Academic enrichment in math, reading, and writing are also available. SAT and SHSAT Prep are available for students looking to optimize their test scores. To learn more, check out our website at fivepointslearning.com.
GATEWAY SPORTS CLUB
Program offered at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau ,
James Madison High School, Madison
John Jay High School, Park Slope
Block Institute, Bensonhurst
Douglaston ICC, Douglaston
Flushing Aquatic Center, Flushing
Hillcrest Jewish Center, Fresh Meadows
John Adams High School, South Ozone Park
Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill
Bayside High School, Bayside
PS 224, Bayside
Chaminade High School , Mineola
Gateway Sports, Inc., a program that strives for excellence in academics and sports, started with only 17 students. The program has grown to more than 2,000 and has been providing quality instruction for more than 10 years. Our sports school prides itself on exceptional athletic programs that teach students how to swim (USS swim team, private lessons, baby & me, water aerobics, water polo, and lifeguard training) and play basketball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball. Our goal is to add other non-traditional sports programming like martial arts, yoga, triathlon training, aquatic therapy, and scuba diving.
THE GYM PARK
81 Oak St., Brooklyn
Welcome to The Gym Park Gymnastics & Play Center where "Gymnastics-Inspired Play" is our goal and aim! Our Programs and classes are developmentally designed to accommodate each new stage of your child’s physical and emotional development. Our classes include: Mommy & Me classes for ages 12 mos.-2.5 years, Toddlers Tumble classes for ages 3-5 years, Beginner & Intermediate Gymnastics for ages 6-12 years, and much, much more. Please see our website for more information: thegympark.com.
HELLENIC CLASSICAL CHARTER SCHOOL
646 5th Ave., Park Slope
“We take knowledge, wisdom, and truth with us to help make this world a better place.” HCCS offers a rigorous classical education that is rich in challenging content, instructs all students using the Core Knowledge curriculum, and supplements all instruction with classical study of the Greek and Latin languages, as well as history, art, and other cultural studies. Benefiting from our didactic instruction, coaching, and Socratic questioning (Paideia), all students leave us prepared intellectually, socially, and emotionally to gain entry and succeed in the best NYC high schools.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
808 Union St., Park Slope
Huntington is your tutoring solution for students in grades K-12. At Huntington, our certified teachers will help your child achieve his or her academic goals. We offer tutoring in basic skills such as reading, vocabulary, phonics, spelling, math and study skills, as well as subject tutoring in high school math and science. We also work with students to prepare them for high-stakes tests including High School Entrance Exams, State Tests, Advance Placement Exams, and the SAT or ACT.
2631 86th St. (West 13th), Bensonhurst
850 50th St., Sunset Park
Our mission at IP Montessori is to ensure the very best educational resources to our students through meaningful instruction based on students’ individual needs. Our environment allows students to develop the skills required to construct their own knowledge, prepares them for the future, and instills a love for learning. Our administration, teachers, and staff members work with parents in order to ensure the development of every student. Students discover their own abilities and potential through a variety of subjects including English, Chinese, Spanish, math, science, geography, and art.
ITTY BITTY ADVENTURES
3416 Ave. S., Brooklyn
We strive to be a parent's first choice in preschools by educating, nurturing, and expanding children’s minds in a friendly and safe environment. We provide a stimulating atmosphere that makes education fun while promoting sound social, emotional, and physical development. At Itty Bitty Adventures, you will watch your child develop into a happy, confident learner who is ready for lifelong success. Tutoring available. Licensed by NYC-DOHMH; certified teachers; SEIT teachers welcome.
JEI LEARNING CENTER
7721 18th Ave., Brooklyn
JEI offers Math and English curricula, designed for children ages 4-14. The program is individualized per student, allowing your child to learn at his/her maximum individual pace through our step-by-step learning course material. Our individualized program is achieved through a comprehensive scientific diagnostic system that analyzes student's test results, pinpointing strengths and weaknesses, and prescribing a specific tailored study program. This self-paced learning promotes learning independently, setting good habits in building a solid academic foundation.
JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Sixth Ave., 3rd, 4th, & 5th Floors, New York
The Joffrey Ballet School is the home of Baby Ballerinas, Hip-Hoppin' Street Jazz, Demi Soloists, and so much more. The world-renowned program is also a world-renowned good time for you and your child. We have 60 years of excellence to share with your family. Dance classes begin at the age of two, with live music and performances that will create memories to last a lifetime. Our theme-based birthday parties are fantastic, with cakes by the "Cake Boss," and sprinkles of joy from the school faculty. Come grow with us...joffreyballetschool.com.
LEIF ERICSON DAY SCHOOL
1037 72nd St.,
Christine Hauge, Principal
Over forty years as a Christian Day School for Nursery through Grade 8. Small class sizes, state-approved curriculum with in-depth courses in music, computer technology, physical and environmental education. Counseling and tutoring available, as well as door-to-door bus service, extended hours morning and night, extra-curricular activities and financial aid.
LEIF'S IMPROV PLAYHOUSE
Various Locations, Brooklyn
Brooklyn native, Leif Riddell, is a professional actor and performer. If you or your child wants to build confidence, courage, or break out of your shell, Leif’s Improv Playhouse is the cure. With 20 years of experience in the entertainment business and unique acting marketing technique, the Playhouse has an advantage over most acting classes. His acting and improv classes are fun for all ages and levels. He also offers audition/scene study classes and private coaching to help break actors into the entertainment business. Many of Leif’s past students are now successful working actors.
LICEXCHANGE - THE NO-LIP-SERVICE LICE SERVICE
LiceXchange takes head lice management and treatment to a whole new level. Rapid response and customized service means you’ll never pay for more than you need. School nurses depend on Debra’s caring, experienced staff to deliver preventative screenings that get results! Parents everywhere are spreading the word that LiceXchange costs less, but gives you more. Every treatment includes an array of organic and homeopathic products designed to maintain a clear scalp and repel head lice…plus, a special gift for every child!
THE LITTLE GYM OF BAY RIDGE-BENSONHURST
8681 18th Ave., Brooklyn
A feeling of success is one of the many benefits your child receives at The Little Gym®. We provide gymnastics-based motor skill development programs for ages 4 months-12 years. Through sequential skill-building, movement, gymnastics, exercise, music, and games, our curriculum teaches students to build their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Classes are non-competitive and taught in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Currently offering gymnastics, dance, sports skill, and karate classes. Schedule your free trial class. Celebrate your child’s birthday. Party slots fill up months in advance; reserve today!
Fred Ellis is a NYC elementary music teacher and music therapist. His objectives are to not only teach musical skills and knowledge, but to help children develop their mental, physical, communication, and social skills. His CD can be used to reach these objectives. The students are comprised of children from around the world, who have responded to the songs by socializing, singing, and playing together. The songs are designed to encourage socialization, love, and respect for cultural diversity. Through music, we as people can form together as one big family.
MATHNASIUM OF BENSONHURST/BROOKLYN HEIGHTS
6806 20th Ave.
392 Atlantic Ave.
Mathnasium is an after-school learning center where we make math make sense to kids. We support grades K-12, including standardized test preparation. We are the math experts. We provide excellent content, at a great value, with proven results. Instruction is one-on-one. We conduct an in-depth math assessment, and prepare a customized learning plan for each student. We offer flexible scheduling in a relaxed environment.
THE MOXIE SPOT
81 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn
The Moxie Spot offers kids many opportunities to enjoy music, dance and art in an informal setting. Activities include Singalongs, Afternoon Concerts. Dance Around, fun with markets and crayons. Evening events include Family Disco Night on the second Saturday of every month, and Nintendo Wii Nights (all other Saturdays), with dancing to “Just Dance” and “Michael Jackson Experience” games.Check in during Halloween for Free Trick-or-Treat bag giveaway. And any visit to “the Atlantic Antic” has to include decorating a Moxie Spot painter’s cap.
NEW YORK CITY TAE KWON DO
7909 3rd Ave.
526 Court St.
Every child needs a sense of achievement. There is no greater reward than seeing yourself do what you set your mind to. Our program helps give children the foundation for commitment, dedication, and greatness in athletic ability. It provides children with the necessary basic skills to do well in all sports. It helps develop their balance, coordination, patience, good listening skills, respect, courtesy, and self-confidence. It provides children with the necessary body control and endurance that are the cornerstones of success. After-school program: pick-up at school, help with homework, Tae Kwon Do classes.
1500 Paerdegat Ave. N., Brooklyn
PacKids operates a full after-school program in Canarsie, with busing from local schools. We supervise homework and offer a variety of enrichment activities from fitness and sports to dance and drama. Kids enjoy weekly swim lessons and free swim at our indoor pools. We provide a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Behind the smiling faces at PacKids, a lot goes into training our staff to meet each child where he or she is, with what he or she needs. Call us at 718-531-1111 for more information.
PINOCCHIO'S CHILDREN'S PALACE
900 Lenox Road, E. Flatbush
Pinocchio Children's Academy organization offers childcare to children ages 6 weeks-6 years. The objectives of our programs are to provide a safe, happy, healthy, and stimulating environment where, through free play and structured activities, children can develop their social, language, physical, and academic skills. Licensed by NYCDOHMH. Teachers are CPR- and First Aid-certified. 24-hour surveillance camera with 4-month back-up.
THE PREPARATORY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE
234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave.,
For over 30 years, The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College has offered music programs and private lessons (including Suzuki violin, cello, and flute for very young children), and theater and dance classes for children of all ages and levels. Adults also have the opportunity to study. Our experienced professional artist-teachers encourage students’ growth at all levels. Our school year begins September 16. For further information, registration, and Suzuki interviews, please call 718-951-4111. Visit our website bcprepcenter.org.
SMART START EARLY LEARNING CENTER
8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
While providing a safe, warm and nurturing environment, our staff addresses the social, emotional, and physical needs of children. Through thematic units, arts and crafts, and dramatic play, the “whole” child will flourish. Full- and part-time classes for 2- and 3-year-olds, and free Universal Pre-K for 4-year-old children, with extended-day option. Open year-round; summer program available.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL
763 President St., Park Slope
St. Francis Xavier School has added a Pre-K-3 class to the Early Childhood Program. We provide a faith-based, values-centered, strong academic program for grades Pre-K-3 through grade 8. The Early Childhood Program has a separate wing with large, bright classrooms, and offers time for socializing, stories, games, music and movement, science activities, and free play. We also offer an enhanced program with SMARTboards, Library, Computer Lab, Fine Arts, Music, Student Council, Clubs, and the Aquinas Club. Come visit us!
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL
763 President St., Park Slope
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy is a newly formed, private Catholic academy chartered by New York State, providing a faith-filled, value-centered Catholic education with high academic standards and expectations, located in the heart of Park Slope. A distinguished group of leaders will serve as the Board of Directors, sharing their expertise in leading the school forward. An enhanced academic program for Pre-K-3 through Grade 8 is offered, with SMARTboards, library, computer lab, art, music, student council, and clubs, along with rigorous core academic subjects. Come visit us!
STEPPING STONES NURSERY SCHOOL
245 86th St., Brooklyn
Join our programs and share the joys of early exploration and discovery. Watch your child grow through hands-on learning and small group instruction with our certified, warm, and friendly teachers. Stepping Stones offers 2 year old, 3 year old, preschool (age 4) and pre-k programs. Full- and part-time enrollment available. We are open from 7am-6:30pm. An after-school program is also available for grades K-5.
8638 20th Ave.
Give your child a superior beginning. A mind is a wonderful thing to expand! All teachers certified in Early Childhood Development. Programs - half day, full-day, extended time, 2 to 6 year olds. Pre-school and Kindergarten activities, fitness program, trips, music, math, reading readiness, tutoring and after-school programs are available.
THE DIMITRIOS AND GEORGIA KALOIDIS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL (DGK)
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 8502 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn
The Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Greek American Parochial School (DGK) is committed to providing students from Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten through 8th grade with a quality education that emphasizes academic achievement, social, emotional, and spiritual development, while preparing them for 21st-century college and career readiness. With a qualified faculty, curriculum aligned to the NYS Common Core Standards, and SMARTboard technology, the school incorporates the rich tradition of our Greek heritage, while instilling values that prepare our students for future and personal success.
347 74th St. (corner of 4th & 74th Streets),
Our programs are for 2 years-Pre K. Monday through Friday, 7:15am–6pm. Part-time schedules are available. We offer hands on learning in a loving, nurturing environment. Social, emotional, and cognitive development is our primary focus. Motivating and fun experiences. Enrichment through the arts program. All meals included. Maria Nogueira, Director.
THE TUTORING CLUB OF BAY RIDGE
7811 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge
The Tutoring Club is dedicated to helping students increase their subject skills and self-esteem. We utilize the most advanced curricula in tutoring, maintain low student-to-tutor ratios, pinpoint and correct problems, motivate our students, and provide qualified instructors certified in the use of the programs and committed to ensuring each child’s success. Our Core Programs are Math, ELA, and Writing Skills. Test prep programs for Gifted and Talented, SSHSAT, TACHS, and ISEE tests and Homework Help sessions are also available.
WORLD CLASS LEARNING ACADEMY, NEW YORK
44 E. 2nd St., New York
World Class Learning Academy is a diverse, internationally-focused learning community dedicated to developing a broad world view in students; this global focus is rooted in the international curricula used throughout the school. The Academy offers benchmarked, highly personalized learning in an academically rigorous setting. World Class Learning Academy is a member of the World Class Learning Group (WCL), a learning leader for over 25 years.
WORLD OF WONDERS DAYCARE
72-19 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn
We provide a warm, caring environment for infants to children 5 years of age. Our children learn to interact and get along with other children. We also offer computers, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm, full and part time. Extended hours for working parents. Fully licensed by NYC Department of Health of Day Care. Call for additional information. Jeannine McKenna, Director.
YOUNG DANCERS IN REPERTORY
Classes are held at 5602 5th Ave., 2nd Floor, (entrance on 56th Street), Brooklyn
Since 1985, Young Dancers in Repertory (YDR) has been training dancers and offering dance programs in Brooklyn. YDR classes include creative dance, pre-ballet, ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and theater dance for students ages 3 and older at our Center for Dance Studies at 5602 5th Ave. in Sunset Park. YDR also conducts dance residencies and performances for schools, an OST After-school Program at PS 127, and a youth ensemble. Call 347-702-7155 or visit youngdancersinrep.org.