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Brooklyn Prospect pursues new charter for a K-8 Elementary School in CSD 13

 

Brooklyn Prospect Downtown Elementary opened in 2013 with an inaugural kindergarten class at its downtown Brooklyn location, on the corner of Willoughby and Bridge Streets near the Fulton Mall, renting the top 3 floors of St. Joseph Catholic High School for Girls. In year one of the ten year lease at St. Joseph’s, the program is off to a very strong start, and both St. Joseph’s and Brooklyn Prospect are pleased with the arrangement.  

 

We are happy to announce that Brooklyn Prospect intends to grow the downtown campus to a K-8 school, with elementary at the 80 Willoughby (St. Joseph’s) location and a new middle school at a yet to be determined address.   

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Brooklyn Prospect's Dan Rubenstein Fights for Charter School Funding Equity

The issue of charter school funding equity is being discussed in state budget negotiations this week. On behalf of Brooklyn Prospect and other charter schools affected by the issue of funding for private space, Executive Director Dan Rubenstein has been taking the cause to Albany. Read more on New York's Chalkbeat.org.

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Aja at "Design a Start up in a Day" and BPCS with "Hour of Code"

"I know that for anyone really, and in particular for people of color and women interested in fields where they are in the minority, that personal touch of someone saying, "I think you'd be perfect for this," can be really important." - Ms. Vaughan, technology teacher, HS math/science department head. 
 
Aja (center), class of '16, was on the winning team of the All Star Code's "Design A Startup in a Day" workshop. He and the team designed a start-up that combined the idea of an online streaming television website with integrating social media. At the workshop, they further learned about what it takes to create a business, design a logo, create a marketing plan and discuss corporate structure. 

Next week, the entire school will be participating in "Hour of Code", in which all students at Brooklyn Prospect will be introduced to one hour of computer science and programming in various classes as a part of Computer Science Education Week.

 
 

 

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HS Girls Soccer Maintains an Undefeated Season and Wins CSAA League Trophy

The girls soccer team won the finals and has become CSAA league champions! All the girls played amazingly and really showed their heart this game. Ms. Jordan gives props to a few players in particular this season:
 
Nicole: Nicole saved a penalty kick and the resulting rebound shot during the second half. It was AMAZING! She's come a long way as a goal keeper working hard as one of our players with the best attendance to practice. It was an awesome way to end the season!
 
Katie: Giving up on a play after losing the ball on offense and watching the other team turn it into their own offensive opportunity is a pet peeve of mine. Katie found this out the hard way, but turned that feedback around the very next time the ball came near. She fought for the ball back, got a foul call, and turned it into our first goal! The instant internalization of feedback was admirable.
 
Annika: Annika definitely has come a long way this season. She was a player coming in with very little experience. Watching her grow as a player and really get into the game has been an amazing experience as a coach. She was a bit timid at first, but now I love the aggression she shows on the field, never being afraid to get in the mix of things.
 
PROPS 1 2 3!!!
 

Thanks to everyone who has come to the games and for all the support from the community!

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Brooklyn Prospect Students Sound off on the New Common Core

Students Sound Off on "Common Core" Tests

"For close to 75 years, students have taken multiple choice tests. Although these tests may be good enough to evaluate basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills, they will not be able to assess the more complex "college and career ready standards" known as the "Common Core." A class of 8th graders gives their advice for passing it successfully."

Brooklyn Prospect 8th graders talks about their experience of taking a “Common Core” test and gives advice to 7th graders about what to expect on Learningmatters.tv and PBHS Newshour.

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MS Girls Rugby wins the 6th Annual NYC Rugby Cup!

 

On Saturday, June 8th, the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Girls Rugby team (Tigers), won the sixth annual NYC Rugby Cup Presented by AIG.

Congratulations to the entire BPCS Girls Rugby team for an amazing season! Special props to Layla Devlin '18, winner of the All Girls MVP award. 

To see more photos from the event, please visit: NYC Rugby Cup Flickr. We would like to thank all our players, couches, volunteers, parents and  supporters, who have made this season such an awesome experience.

 

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Brooklyn Prospect Charter School announces the opening of an elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn

 

BROOKLYN PROSPECT CHARTER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

High Performing Public Middle and High School Introduces a New Elementary School in District 13 Where Parents Demand More Seats

May 21, 2013  (Brooklyn, NY) —Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS), on the heels of yet another year of record-breaking demand for seats in its popular middle and high schools, announced the fall 2013 opening of an elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn, Community School District 13.

In September, this first BPCS elementary division will open to kindergarteners in its permanent space - the upper three floors of 80 Willoughby Street, alongside St. Joseph High School for girls. The new  Brooklyn Prospect program, located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn where there has recently been pressure from local parents for the addition of public school seats to accommodate the increasing elementary school population, will grow a grade each year, serving approximately 300 kindergarten through 5th graders at full capacity. Students enrolled in BPCS’s 5th grade will have the option to continue in BPCS’s already popular middle school and high schools.

“Six years ago we set out to open a diverse, high-performing public school that would prepare students for a global world. We are proud of how far we’ve come.” said Daniel Rubenstein, BPCS co-founder and executive director.  “Our new K-5 division will allow our acclaimed 6-12 program to have greater academic impact on more students. We owe our success to a world class curriculum, dedicated and highly-trained teachers, and involved parents, which together are putting our students on a path to college and career success.” ... Read more

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Spring Gala 2013 Tickets Available Now!

 

These gorgeous invitations were beautifully designed, stamped, and mailed by Brooklyn Prospect parents. . . do not miss the biggest event of the year! Click HERE to reserve your tickets!
 
Thanks to Mike Yuen, parent '19, for designing the beautiful invitations!

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Admissions applications break all previous record

Applications for our approximately 140 available fall 2013 seats in grades 6-10, topped 1400 before our April 1 application deadline.  During our admissions lottery, scheduled to take place at noon on April 9th, lottery numbers will be randomly assigned to all applicants and seats will be offered in order of ascending lottery numbers. We thank families for their interest in Brooklyn Prospect Charter School.

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El Salvador Ambassador visits Brooklyn Prospect

Big thanks to the World Languages department, particularly Ms. Shamey, and student ambassadors for their excellent coordination during Ambassador Carlos Garcia's visit last week. Ambassador Garcia is Deputy Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations. He spoke to students about El Salvador's rich history and culture during Wednesday (April 3rd) assembly.
 
 
 
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BPCS Celebrates World Water Day - March 22

World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

 For more information visit http://www.unwater.org/

 

 

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BPCS Students Demonstrate Concern and Generosity Toward People Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

In 6th grade art, each class selected a focus to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In this poster, students express their hope that the community will donate much-needed clothing to victims of the hurricane.

 

 

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Faculty Participate in Secretary Arne Duncan's Project RESPECT Initiative

Faculty Participate in Secretary Arne Duncan's Project RESPECT Initiative

by Ms. Rachel Beerman and Oliva Toro

 

No one person has the answer. We learn this as part of becoming a good educator. Limit the teacher talk. If you talk less, more ideas emerge. For students, this means instruction becomes more student-focused, and projects lean on the collaboration of groups and the efforts of our students.  At Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS), our professional development and school community replicates this same ideal.  Share your ideas, allow others to share their ideas and watch the ideas become stronger.

On a sunny afternoon in March, we were asked to participate in a professional development session where teacher talk was limited in exchange for robust group discussion. To see our national government embrace the ideas of its individual school is invigorating.  Our conversation started with the question; What would you do to remake or improve the teaching profession, if you were given the opportunity to do so?

The person who asked us the question is a teacher and a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow from the U.S. Department of Education. On leave from her school in New Mexico, our interviewer had been around the country, asking teachers from many districts for their thoughts on the state of the teaching profession and on the general state of schools. Her efforts are part of Secretary Arne Duncan’s Project RESPECT initiative. ... Read more

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Indiegogo Campaign for new School Labs

CRITICAL FUNDS RAISED FOR RENOVATION OF SCIENCE LABS!

Brooklyn Prospect recently closed a campaign that raised critically needed funds for science labs in our new facility.

In July we launched our indiegogo campaign seeking $15,000 toward the renovation of our grade 6-9 science labs in our new, permanent facility.  We exceeded our goal, raising approximately $17,000 for those labs.  Sinks, cabinetry, and important safety equipment are currently being installed in all four rooms.  We look forward to greeting our 400 students upon their return from summer break, and to igniting their curiosity in our brand new, and exciting space. Labs include prep room and ample storage space allowing for students to participate in simple and complex hands on work. ... Read more

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Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is recognized as an IB candidate school for the Diploma Programme as of September 1, 2012

As of July 2012, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School has been named a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate's Diploma Programme. We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School and are also a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme. International Baccalaureate schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Brooklyn Prospect Charter School believes is important for our students.

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BPCS Dance teacher's work to be presented by Dance New Amsterdam

 

I AM
Choreography by Ashley Brown

Artist’s Description: I AM is a choreographic work that explores the process of creating by paralleling it with the story of creation. In three sections: Creation, Judgment and Acceptance, I AM will explode, define and reveal. ... Read more

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BPCS Student nominated to intensive summer language academy

Congratulations to 8th grader Colin, who has been accepted into the China Institute-Star Talk Summer Language Academy of 2012. The scholarship from the China Institute, worth $3,000, was provided through a generous grant from StarTalk, a project of the National Strategic Language Initiative. 

Nominated by Mr. Tao, Colin was selected from among many applicants to participate in this highly intensive language program. There, Colin will have the opportunity to receive intensive language instruction with an emphasis on "practical communication skills, integrated with cultural activities, studio art classes, and field trips to areas of cultural and historical significance". The Academy is equivalent to one semester of high school Mandarin Chinese. 

Congratulations Colin! 

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Congratulations to Ms. Vaughan: Design Lab fellow of 2012

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is proud to congratulate Ms. Kelly Vaughan in joining the New York Hall of Science's inaugural class of Design Lab fellows. 

A project of NYSCI's Verizon Center for STEM Learning, Design Lab explores how design-based learning can give teachers new strategies for engaging all types of learners. With this goal in mind, 20 teachers have been selected to work with the New York Hall of Science to design experiments throughout the year that they can use in their classrooms.

 

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BPCS Student to attend competitive Google summer camp

Congratulations to 8th grader Tai-yan, who has been selected to attend the Google Computing and Programming Experience (CAPE) 2012 summer camp. Nominated by Ms. Vaughan and chosen from hundreds of other New York applicants in a highly competitive process, Tai-yan will experience daily life at Google and witness the amazing variety of computer science applications in creation there. This wonderful summer program, now in its third year, aims to provide students experiences making technology for meaningful purposes while giving students exposure to real-world experiences. Congratulations Tai-yan!

To read more about the CAPE summer program, click here.

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Earth Day Lessons

Click here to link to our Earth Day Lessons, featured on Fox News!

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Brooklyn Prospect Charter School finds a permanent home in Windsor Terrace

BROOKLYN PROSPECT CHARTER SCHOOL FINDS A PERMANENT HOME IN WINDSOR TERRACE

High Performing Middle School and New High School Unveil Plans for New, Spacious Campus on the Heels of Record Demand for Seats

April 20, 2012 (Brooklyn, NY) — Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS), a successful middle and new high school in District 15, unveiled plans this week for its permanent home in Windsor Terrace, where the school can grow to serve grades six through twelve. The approximately 60,000 square foot campus at 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway will accommodate steadily rising demand, give students more space and enhanced facilities, including state-of-the art-classrooms, a full-size gymnasium, outdoor space, wireless internet, and a library.  BPCS has signed a twenty-year lease, with an additional ten-year option for the space.  The building currently houses a Catholic school that is moving to another location.

This week’s announcement marks a new beginning for the school, which has occupied interim space since opening in 2009.  The new building will be home to grades six through nine for the 2012-13 school year and will add grades ten through twelve, completing their seven-year program, over the next three years.

“This new school building is a major step for us and one that deepens our roots in the community,” said Daniel Rubenstein, BPCS’s co-founder and executive director.  “We set out to create a high performing school that prepares a diverse group of children for success in a global world. Providing that education in a welcoming, state of the art environment is key to accomplishing our mission, and we are confident we have finally found the right home.”  ... Read more

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Record demand for seats at Brooklyn Prospect

BROOKLYN PROSPECT CHARTER SCHOOL ANNOUNCES RECORD DEMAND FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SEATS

High Performing Middle School and New High School Receive More Than One Thousand Applications for Grades 6 - 9

April 5, 2012 (Brooklyn, NY) —Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS), which will welcome its first class of ninth graders this fall, announced record demand for seats for the 2012-13 school year. The school received 1,031 applications—600 from within District 15—for just 140 seats in grades six through nine.

Demand for seats at BPCS has risen steadily since the middle school opened in 2009.  The school, one of just a few non-selective public schools in New York City following the International Baccalaureate program, received more than 230 applications for just 30 open high school seats (the majority of BPCS’s eighth graders plan to remain in the school). The applicant pool reflects the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the school. Prospective students come from over 200 different elementary and middle schools and 40 percent are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. ... Read more

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SAVE THE DATE! Brooklyn Prospect Spring Gala 2012


 

Please join us at our Spring Gala on May 17! 
 
Early Bird pricing will be available through April 19 at $50.00 per ticket. After April 19, tickets will revert to $60.00 per ticket.  
 
 
Drinks (may be purchased in bundles of 10):

1 drink ticket - water or soft drink

3 drink tickets - beer or wine

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Career day focuses 8th graders on high school

With the help of some twenty professionals from our community, Brooklyn Prospect students  set aside classes for a morning, and instead considered possible careers that might help guide their high school goal setting. Media, design, public relations, sports management, law, health industry and music professionals joined our 8th graders to discuss, answer questions and in some cases, experiment with a project related to the day to day work of the various professions.

In one classroom, would be media moguls worked with an investigative reporter for the New York Times to capture exciting headlines and develop robust storylines.  Down the hallway, another group was enraptured by the day to day decisions a law enforcement officer faces.  Students working with a public health professional responded with solemn, yet extraordinarily creative and thoughtful approaches that might help expand access and use medical services for underserved populations in Africa and Asia.

All in all our career experts gave Brooklyn Prospect students a lot to consider, and offered a more detailed understanding of the excitement a career can bring.  Our 8th grade students were deeply engaged in the opportunity and finished the event feeling excited and energized to consider setting high school goals that will lead them to successful college and life careers!

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Serving a Daily Dose of Reading

 

As a relatively new public school, committed to serving a highly diverse student population, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School understands the importance of connecting with one’s community from the start. One of our goals is to show our middle school students the power of service to others.

With that in mind, this past December, student leaders turned what began as a small idea into a big challenge to all of our students to collect and donate as many books as they could to local doctor’s offices.  Their goal, likely taken from a message that reverberates throughout our school, was to send a message about the importance of reading to and with young children whenever possible.

Sister Act provided some incentive that charged our students up and ultimately helped them understand their own role and the value in building a bridge to their community.  The possibility of attending a Broadway show together set off a firestorm of fun around this service project. The importance of reading outside of the classroom became a message that travelled from our small school into our community.  The result: our students collected some 1000 books that they donated to local doctors’ offices committed to prescribing and teaching the importance of reading outside the classroom to the parents of their patients-many who are themselves new to the community and have not had educational opportunity in their lives.

Our students now see that they have the power to become future healers of their world. They are looking for more service projects.  A simple small deed became a large opportunity for Brooklyn Prospect students who have tasted the positive effect each and every one of them can have in their community and world.

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Announcing our Founding High School Principal!

We are pleased to announce that Kim Raccio will join Brooklyn Prospect as Founding High School Principal. Our high school program will officially open under Kim’s leadership in September 2012.

 
Click here for brief details on Principal Raccio's appointment!

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