Brooklyn Schools and Education Guide

Brooklyn Schools and Education Guide

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UPDATED JANUARY 2015: Find a preschool, private or public school, plus after-school tutors and enrichment classes for your child in Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens.


Charter/Public Schools

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD NY
Citizens of the World Charter School Crown Heights 
791 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11213 
718-221-5095 
cwc-crownheights.org 
Citizens of the World Charter School Williamsburg 
424 Leonard St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 
718-384-1386 
cwc-williamsburg.org
Email enroll@cwcbrooklyn.org

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. Both of our schools offer differentiated class size and teaching models, as well as art, dance, music, and yoga instruction for all students. For the 2015-2016 school year, we are serving grades K-3. Contact us today to apply.


HELLENIC CLASSICAL CHARTER SCHOOL
646 5th Ave., Park Slope
718-499-0957 x209

“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.


NORTHSIDE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
424 Leonard St., Brooklyn
347-390-1273

At Northside Charter High School, our mission is to provide an education resulting in mastery of the NYS Learning Standards, high school graduation, and acceptance to colleges and universities of choice by all students. Northside offers rigorous academics including Advanced Placement, honors, and SAT classes, as well as studio art, chorus, theater arts, yoga, and physical education. Clubs/sports include: chess, anime club, craft club, GSA , comic book club, glee club, young men’s and women’s leadership clubs, mixed-martial arts, basketball, soccer, baseball, and softball.


NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAGNET SCHOOLS DISTRICTS 13-15
718-968-6186
PS 15—Magnet School of the Arts 
71 Sullivan St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 
718-330-9280 
PS 46—Magnet School of Communications and Media Arts Through Applied Learning 
100 Clermont Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 
718-834-7694 
PS 54—Magnet School for Environmental Science, Technology, and Community Wellness 
195 Sanford St., Brooklyn, NY 11205 
718-834-6752 
PS 307—Magnet School for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Studies 
209 York St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 
718-834-4748
Email jgallag@schools.nyc.gov

NYC School Districts 13-15 are awarded a Federal Magnet grant for The Magnet School of the Arts, PS 15; The Magnet School of Communications and Media Arts Through Applied Learning, PS 46; The Magnet School for Environmental Science, Technology and Community Wellness, PS 54; and The Magnet School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Studies, PS 307. Each school is theme-based, providing unique educational opportunities focusing on specialized themes, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, hands-on, project-based activities, and residency partnerships with cultural institutions. Applications are available now for all students entering grades K-5. Please call 718-968-6186 for more information.


Educational Services

BRIENZA'S ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE
718-232-0114 
8696 18th Ave., Brooklyn NY 11214 
1902 Ave. T, Brooklyn NY 11229 
259 Rose Ave., Staten Island NY 10306 

Brienza’s Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of programs for students attending kindergarten through 12th grade. We specialize in TACHS, SHSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation. Our programs provide students with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge, enabling them to reach their full potential. Programs offered are 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 our office to speak to one of our educational specialists who can help you choose the best option for your child. Please register early as space is limited.


BROOKLYN HEIGHTS MONTESSORI SCHOOL
185 Court St., Brooklyn Heights
718-858-5100
Email info@bhmsny.org

After the school day has finished, a place for creative learning and relaxed play can still be found at BHMS in our Montessori Afternoons Plus (MAP) program. MAP is a comfortable, safe, and progressive after-school program for children from preschool through eighth grade. MAP offers a rich variety of activities under the guidance of our experienced and nurturing staff, including Lego Robotics, Basketball, Dungeons and Dragons, Cake Decorating, Gymnastics, and more. The program is open to BHMS students as well as children from the local community. 


FASTRACKIDS
7612 13th Ave. 
718-748-3000
Camp: 
800-470-9216
Email valentino8808@att.net

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!


HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
808 Union St., Park Slope
718-230-4600

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.


MATHNASIUM
Bay Ridge 
7409 3rd Ave. 
347-443-9728 
mathnasium.com/bayridge 
Bensonhurst 
6806 20th Ave. 
347-762-8411 
bob@themathlearningcenter.net 
Park Slope (opening in August 2014) 
361 5th Ave. 
718-369-6284 
parkslope@mathnasium.com

Mathnasium is a large company with over 525 learning centers. We are the math experts. We support grades K-12, college students, and adults. The purpose of the MATHNASIUM program is to build the student’s fundamental understanding of key mathematical concepts and skills. Your child’s program is designed to supplement, reinforce, and re-teach (if necessary) skills and concepts. We provide individual instruction in a small group setting. All MATHNASIUM work is customized and personalized for you.


NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAGNET SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT 28
718-759-4977
PS 160 Walter Francis Bishop Magnet School of the Arts 
109-59 Inwood St., Jamaica 
PS 80 Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Multimedia & Communication 
171-05 137 Ave., Jamaica 
PS 354 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Magnet Institute of Queens 
126-10 Bedell St., Jamaica

NYC School District 28 is awarded a Federal Magnet grant for The Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Multimedia and Communication, PS 80; The Walter Francis Bishop Magnet School of The Arts, PS 160; and The Magnet STEM Institute of Queens, PS 354. Each school is theme-based providing unique educational opportunities focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, hands-on, project-based activities, service learning, and residency partnerships with cultural institutions. Applications are available now for all students entering grades K-5. Please call 718-759-4977 for more information.


OAK MEADOW
802-251-7250
Email info@oakmeadow.com

Exploring educational alternatives for your child? Oak Meadow offers creative, experiential home-schooling curriculum for children in kindergarten to grade 12. We offer a wealth of options to fit your child’s interests, talents, and style. Our extensive home-schooling resources and web of support are self-paced, flexible, and affordable. Use our curriculum independently or through our fully accredited distance learning school. Visit oakmeadow.com or call 802-251-7250 to speak with an educational counselor. Let Oak Meadow help you bring the heart of learning back home.


THE PREPARATORY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE 
234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave., 
718-951-4111

For more than 35 years, The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College has offered music (including Suzuki violin, cello, and flute for very young children), theater, dance classes, and private lessons for children of all ages and levels. We also welcome adult students for private or group instruction. Our experienced professional teachers, many of whom have extensive performance experience and advanced conservatory degrees, encourage students’ growth at all levels. Call for an individual registration consultation or a Suzuki interview.


TEACH ME AT HOME
866-893-HOME

Teach Me At Home offers individualized, one-on-one, live, online tutoring at the location and time of your choosing. Serving Kindergarten-12th grade, each student chooses their own tutor. We use Study Island, an instructional and diagnostic tool that enables tutors to help students prepare for and master the material. Each student takes a preliminary diagnostic test to reveal weaknesses in their knowledge base to target their lessons. Affordable lessons: $20 per hour. Students have optional follow up exercises to reinforce topics, and progress reports are emailed to parents after each lesson.


Preschool Alternatives 

THE GYM PARK
81 Oak St., Brooklyn
718-349-6627
Email info@thegympark.com

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 months to 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.

MUSIC TOGETHER
Music Together 
Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst/Sheepshead Bay/Flatbush/Mill Basin/Marine Park 
718-499-2866 
musictogetherbr@mindspring.com 
Park Slope 
718-369-3099  
Brooklyn Heights 
718-855-0908 

Music Together is a nationwide educational program founded on the belief that all children are musical, and that music is a perfect way for children to learn and grow. We sing, dance, and play instruments in a fun, informal, supportive atmosphere. Limited to 12 children with parent or caregiver. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend class times available. Birth to age 5. Free demonstration classes offered. Sessions start in September, January, April, and July.

NEW YORK ITALIANS CHILDREN
917-453-7067
Email info@newyorkitalians.org

In Piccoli, an early childhood, bilingual playgroup taught in Italian by an Italian native instructor, children ages 6 months to 4 years and their caregivers sing traditional Italian songs, play musical instruments, participate in storytelling, and move, wiggle, and dance! Piccoli: Park Slope: Mondays, Jan. 19 to March 23; Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 25; and GUMBO in Boerum Hill: Saturdays, Jan. 21 to March 21. Paint and Speak Italian: Park Slope: Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 25. *Ten weeks for $300 or $32 per class. Email or call.

PLAY DAYS AND PARTIES 
6632 Third Ave. (next to the firehouse) , Brooklyn
718-492-8997 
Email playdaysandparties@yahoo.com

Not ready for Preschool? At "Just for Me Alternative," children explore themselves and the world around them, test their independence, fire up their imaginations, and create a foundation for lasting relationships. We explore numbers, letters, and nature through books, songs, and other meaningful activities. Children discover their individual abilities and skills in a safe, nurturing environment. They participate in arts and crafts, circle and music time, story time, and imaginative play. Ages 2-4, two days a week, starting mid-January, 11am-1pm. Open Play is available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, for any two hours, from 12:30-3:00pm.

Preschools 

BAY RIDGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
6301 12th Ave., Brooklyn
718-259-8701

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. Children ages 2-5 can attend from two half-days to five full-days (9am-3:30pm). Early drop-off is available, as is a six-week summer program.

BUNNY HILL DAYCARE & LEARNING CENTER
8108-15th Ave., Brooklyn
347-778-5885
Email bunnyhillkids@gmail.com

Bunny Hill is a children's enrichment center renowned for our daycare programs, creative after-school classes, birthday celebrations, and special events! Our daycare curriculum provides children the opportunity to grow through participation in physically challenging and intellectually stimulating programs, including cooking, science, foreign language, social studies, yoga, and character development. Our devotion to children celebrates the great partnerships between parents and teachers, and allows each child to grow by loving, learning, and laughing!

CP KIDS PRESCHOOL
Pier 62 - 23rd St. & Hudson River Park, New York
212-336-6500 x6573

Located in the Field House at Chelsea Piers, CP Kids Preschool is a spacious facility ideal for learning, exploration, and play. Centered within one of the world's most spectacular sports facilities, CP Kids offers children ages 3 to 5 the opportunity to participate in Manhattan’s best youth sports programs. Additionally, the CP Kids curriculum includes music, dance, cooking, and French classes each week. To learn more about the application process, or to schedule a tour, please call 212-336-6500 x 6573. 

CP KIDS PRESCHOOL
Pier 62 - 23rd St. & Hudson River Park, New York
212-336-6500 x6573

Located in the Field House at Chelsea Piers, CP Kids Preschool is a spacious facility ideal for learning, exploration, and play. Centered within one of the world's most spectacular sports facilities, CP Kids offers children ages 3 to 5 the opportunity to participate in Manhattan’s best youth sports programs. Additionally, the CP Kids curriculum includes music, dance, cooking, and French classes each week. To learn more about the application process, or to schedule a tour, please call 212-336-6500 x 6573.

NORTH WILLIAMSBURG Y (THE)
14 Hope St., Brooklyn
718-407-6388
Email info@northwilliamsburgy.org

The North Williamsburg Y preschool focuses strongly on the individual development of each child. We are committed to caring for the child, the family, and our community. Great attention is paid to our students' social and emotional development, and we also place strong emphasis on math, literacy, science, music, and art. Our goal is to develop our students' confidence as learners, their love of school, and their concern for other people around them. Registration is underway for NWY preschool and Universal Pre-K programs for 2015-2016. Contact Debby Hirshman at info@northwilliamsburgy.org.

SMARTSTART EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER, INC
8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
718-921-1868

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-olds, with extended-day option. Open year-round; summer program available.

STEPPING STONES NURSERY SCHOOL
245 86th St., Brooklyn
718-630-1000
Email steppingstones86@aol.com

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, pre-K, and preschool (age 4) programs. Full- and part-time enrollment available. We are open from 7am-6:30pm. An after-school program is also available for kindergarten-fifth grades.

TREASURE ISLAND
347 74th St. (corner of 4th & 74th Streets), 
718-238-7676

Our programs are for children 2 years through pre-K. Monday-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.

WORLD OF WONDERS DAYCARE
72-19 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn
718-621-4216

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.

Private Schools 

ALTSCHOOL (K-8)
84 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights
Email parents@altschool.com

AltSchool is a network of micro-schools reimagining PreK-8th grade education from the ground up. AltSchool’s outstanding educators use innovative teaching tools to provide a personalized, child-centered learning experience. AltSchool operates four locations in San Francisco and is opening in Brooklyn Heights for Fall 2015. The school will leverage the many experiential learning opportunities Brooklyn has to offer. AltSchool offers rolling admissions and is accepting applications for PreK-8th grade.

BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL 
375 Pearl St., Brooklyn
718-852-1029
Joan Martin, Director of Communications ?Pre-K through 12th grade 

A college preparatory, coed, Quaker day school for students in preschool through 12th grade, Brooklyn Friends School was founded in 1867 and is one is one of the oldest, continuously operating, independent schools in New York City. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and enrolls more than 800 students from all five boroughs of New York City; another 55 2-year-old children are enrolled in the Family Center at Brooklyn Friends.

GREENE HILL SCHOOL
39 Adelphi St., Brooklyn
718-230-3608

Founded in 2009, Greene Hill School is an independent lower and middle school serving the needs of the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and surrounding Brooklyn communities for affordable and progressive education. At Greene Hill School, children are actively engaged in their world through critical thinking and open-ended investigations; teachers provide expertise and consistent, thoughtful guidance; parents are important contributors to the school environment; and the local community is a natural extension of the GHS classroom. In the fall of 2015, Greene Hill will have students from Pre-K through 7th grade.

LEIF ERICSON DAY SCHOOL
1037 72nd St., 
718-748-9023
Christine Hauge, Principal

More than 40 years as a Christian Day School for nursery through eighth grade. 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, extracurricular activities, and financial aid.

ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA SCHOOL
12 Newel St., Brooklyn
718-383-1970

The mission of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy is to enable our students to reach their full potential academically, spiritually, and socially, in a child-centered, nurturing environment. We are an established, independent, private school located in the heart of Brooklyn, open to all backgrounds and faiths. Our singular focus on excellence results in above average NYS test scores, superior high school acceptance rates, and innovation in the classroom such as STEM.

THE DIMITRIOS AND GEORGIA KALOIDIS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL (DGK)
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 8502 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn
718-836-8096

The Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Greek American Parochial School is committed to providing students from nursery, pre-K, and Kindergarten through eighth grade 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. Visit our Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 7-9pm.

Special Education 

BRAINSTORM KID SOLUTIONS
83 Dikeman St., #1, Brooklyn
917-796-5595
Email info@brainstormkidsolutions.com

Brainstorm Kid Solutions is a boutique, concierge pediatric occupational therapy practice offering families The Empowered Family Solution™, a unique approach to occupational therapy, where families learn how to help themselves. Rather than OT indefinitely, families accepted into our practice learn how to solve their particular problem during the specific program time frame. We work with children and families offering daily support and solutions. Handwriting, sensory, feeding, and eating services. Call 917-796-5595 or email info@brainstormkidsolutions.com to discuss your acceptance into our practice.

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