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June 27 2016

The Taylor twins’ school days begin on the F line in Brooklyn. Class starts at 9 a.m., but the twins are usually early. Sometimes they’re on the train by 6:30 a.m. for early sports practice. Though not identical, both are tall and athletic and smile easily, so their classmates often mix them up. They keep their grades high. Khadejah aims to always score above 80 on exams and Yazmine is only satisfied if she scores at least 90. Overall, they operate as a team: What one misses, the other will pick up. Their mother, also a twin, calls it a “twin thing.”

The family members’ racial and ethnic identities illustrate complexities that demographic data often fails to capture. Lino’s parents came from Honduras in the 1960s. So, on official forms, the twins check the Hispanic box, but in conversation they mostly refer to themselves as black. Their father, who has one parent from the American South and one from the West Indies, identifies as black. The family is Muslim, and Lino wears a hijab. “When people see me they are like, ‘Oh, she’s Muslim.’ Then I start speaking Spanish, and there’s a whole other spiel of questions.”

Lino and Taylor had several reasons for seeking a diverse school for their daughters. They have happy memories of their own experiences at elementary and middle school in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, where they met. The school enrolled a mixture of Italian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, and black children, Lino says. She didn’t want her daughters in classes where the students had never “seen a white child in the school.” And she thinks that ultimately a racially homogenous school is no preparation for life, because the real world is diverse. She considered it a plus that Brooklyn Prospect is a charter school, since she believes it is more innovative and adaptable and more likely to set high goals for students.

Click here to read the full article on Slate.com - an online magazine of news, politics, technology, and culture. 

 

June 1 2016
Our second middle school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle will open in in the fall of 2016. Thanks to the  the New York City Department of Education, we will be located for two years at 300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn.  Our new, permanent facility is under construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, and is expected to be ready for use by the fall of 2018.Modeled after our Windsor Terrace Middle School and serving Community School District 13 (CSD13), BPCS Clinton Hill Middle will be led by two Brooklyn Prospect veterans: Jackie DeLuca and Kim Raccio.

Find Out More About Our Team!

Jackie DeLuca, Founding Middle School Principal

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Jackie DeLuca, currently the head of our middle and high school literacy department, has been named principal of our newest school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle. As a literacy expert, Jackie’s leadership within our organization has brought the issue of student literacy to the forefront of our programs. Her impact across both our middle and high schools, has been life changing for our students.

Jackie joined Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in 2012 as a founding middle school reading intervention specialist. During her tenure at Brooklyn Prospect, she demonstrated tremendous leadership in orchestrating key strategic initiatives to improve the quality of reading and writing instruction across our middle and high schools. A seasoned educator and experienced administrator, Jackie understands the transformational impact that developing rich reading lives can have on young minds.

Jackie received her B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and her M.A. from Pace University, where she majored in middle school education and specialized in working with students with disabilities. Jackie’s deep understanding of the importance of student literacy was ignited early in her career when she served as a Teach for America Corps member at Mott Hall III Academy in the Bronx, and later as a founding special education teacher and special education coordinator at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn.  Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Jackie was also awarded a Michael Jordan Foundation grant, which she used to plan and orchestrate the full development of a middle school library, converted from a vacant classroom.

Jackie is currently undergoing rigorous preparation as a Relay Graduate School National Principals Academy Fellow, alongside former middle school principal and current Director of Academics, LaNolia Omowanile.

In the fall, Jackie will share leadership of BPCS- Clinton Hill Middle with Kim Raccio, BPCS K-12 Principal, New School Development. Our Clinton Hill Middle founding class of students and teachers will surely benefit from Ms. DeLuca’s knowledge, teaching experience, and determination to foster a warm and inviting educational environment.

 

Kim Raccio, Principal, New School Development

Kim Raccio joined Brooklyn Prospect Schools in 2012, as the founding principal of Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School.  During her first years at Brooklyn Prospect, Kim led the high school to become one of the few non-select New York City public schools authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School to offer the prestigious Diploma Program.

This school year, Kim is “cross-training” as a principal leader at our elementary school. Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Kim served as the Assistant Head of Academics and founding academic director of the American Studies Program at the Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, U.K. Kim began her teaching career in Connecticut with Schooner, Inc., The Connecticut SeaGrant Program, as well as Hamden Hall Country Day School.

A globally minded educator who is passionate about innovative educational programs, Kim received her B.S. in biology from Southern State University and her M.A. in education leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in International Education at the University of Bath (UK).  She also serves on accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a private consultant specializing in UK/US hybridized educational programs.

Kim is excited to use her founding, teaching, and leaderships skills to support program development at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle!

Kelly Vaughan, Science

A founding BPCS High faculty member, science teacher, and department head, Kelly has been on the Brooklyn Prospect team since 2009. Kelly graduated from Stanford University as well as the Columbia University Teacher's College. She is a former Fulbright Teacher, where she taught in Instanbul, and is a recipient of the ING Unsung Heroes Grant. 

Beatrice White, Mathematics

Was former faculty member of BPCS High, where she was a founding teacher. Beatrice returns to us as a faculty member of BPCS Clinton Hill Middle. Beatrice is a graduate of Carlton College as well as Colombia University Teachers College.

Jaime Pereira,  ELA Learning Specialist/Reading Intervention

Joins us from The Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn where she served as the 7th grade team leader and an ICT teacher in 6th-10th grade ELA, Social Studies, and Science classes.

Danielle Camero, Learning Specialist & IEP Coordinator

Joins us from Achievement First ENY where she worked as a Learning Specialist and Guided Reading teacher. Previously a Special Education Teacher and SPED Coordinator at Democracy Prep, Danielle also lived and taught in Hawaii as a Teach for America Corps member.

Kim Cason, Dean of Students Joins us from Restoration Center of Hope where Kim served as the Youth Director. Previously a student advocate at Harlem Children’s Zone and the Assistant Director of Spring Creek After School.
Hyein DeGannes, Mandarin

Is fluent in Mandarin, Korean, and English, and holds degrees from Renmin University of China, NYU Steinhardt School Of Education, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Foreign Language Education. 

Ayinde George, Physical Education

Joins us from Packer Collegiate where he has worked for many years as long-term sub and coach of various sports teams. Ayinde is also a head coach with Park Slope United Soccer Club.

Lauren Gershkow, Math & Science Learning Specialist

Joins us from the International Community School in London where she worked as a Special Education teacher co-teaching the IB middle-years curriculum for all core subject areas. Previously a special education teacher at Tompkins Square Middle School in NY. Lauren also holds a masters degree in school counseling.

Grace Lindsey, Humanities

Has been a BPCS faculty member since 2015 in the humanities department. Grace is a graduate of Yale University, and is currently pursuing her masters degree at Relay Graduate School of Education. She has taught 3 summers with Breakthrough Collaborative.

Maria Amate Perez, Spanish

Currently a member of the MS faculty at BPCS Windsor Terrace Middle, teaching Spanish Phase I and a 6th grade advisor.

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Our permanent facility, currently under construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, is expected to be ready for use by the fall of 2018.

 

May 18 2016

Windsor Terrace PTSO A Place to Sit Campaign

BENCHES, BENCHES, BENCHES (and more)

Brooklyn Prospect Students, Faculty, Staff, Families and Community need a “Place to Sit.”  

Our PTSO has put together a plan to create a garden with benches where students can eat, learn & enjoy.  Brooklyn Prospect parents & landscape architect duo, Amy Crews  & Todd Rader (Jack Rader '17 & Gus Rader '20) have sketched plans to transform our dreams into reality.  To learn more about Phase 1 and to view the full plan please see below!

We need your help to successfully implement PHASE 1 this summer or as soon as possible. We estimate we need approximately $15,000 to complete Phase 1.  Time is tight, we have until July 1, 2016, the end of the BPCS fiscal year, to complete the fundraising for this first phase. 

You can help us give all of our community a beautiful place to sit by donating now.  Every donation large or small will help us get closer to reaching our goal!  Spread the word toneighbors, extended family, and friends of Brooklyn Prospect.  Together we can achieve our goal!

If you are interested in sponsoring or helping us complete this project, please contact us at wtptso@brooklynprospect.org.  Thank you in advance for your generosity, we appreciate your commitment to your students and to Brooklyn Prospect!

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May 11 2016

Brooklyn Prospect Announces A New Partnership with New York University 

Aspiring Brooklyn Prospect teachers interested in pursuing an advanced degree may apply to Brooklyn Prospect's teaching residency program offered via New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development.

This 13-month, full-time, school-embedded teacher residency program includes online course instruction that prepares teachers to be effective with all learners.  Successful candidates will be eligible for initial teaching certification in New York State. Major content areas include:

English, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
Mathematics, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
Science, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
Social Studies, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

Find out more about the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (EMAT) program here.

 

April 18 2016

Brooklyn Prospect was recently featured in the74million.org - a nonprofit, nonpartisan news site covering education in America. 

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Brooklyn Prospect is part of a small group of charter schools now explicitly focusing on integration. The school, which serves grades K–12 at two Brooklyn campuses, one in Windsor Terrace, the other downtown, was founded in 2009 by Daniel Rubenstein. Brooklyn Prospect ensures an integrated setting via a weighted lottery: about one third of its students are economically disadvantaged and no racial group makes up a majority.

Visiting the school a few months ago, I was greeted by two seventh-grade students who described a strong, happy school community replete with great teachers, extracurriculars such as a filmmaking club, and classes like Mandarin Chinese.

Walking the hallways, I could see what they meant by “community:” Students of all different races could be seen working side-by-side or collaboratively in class. During that day’s lunch, students were randomly assigned seats in the cafeteria in order to foster bonding with peers with whom they might not typically interact. 

Click here to read the full article.

 

April 4 2016

 

It is with great pleasure that we share a new addition to the Brooklyn Prospect Schools Leadership Team.  Kelly Richardson will be taking on the role of Director of Operations, a new role splitting the portfolio of Hillary Prince, who will now be able to focus her full attention on the finances of our growing organization in her role as Director of Finance. 

Kelly comes to Brooklyn Prospect after completing the Broad Residency in Urban Education at Democracy Prep Charter Schools, where he led projects related to expansion strategy, real estate planning and acquisition, HR systems implementation, and teacher certification. Prior to joining the Broad Residency, Kelly worked in finance with Procter & Gamble (P&G) and G.E. Capital. At P&G, Kelly held management roles in which he was responsible for brand finance management, controllership, acquisition integration, and strategy. Following P&G, Kelly took a role with G.E. Capital which focused on treasury financial planning and analysis. Kelly earned his dual B.A. in accounting and management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, as well as an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys leading and volunteering with community engagement programs that service historically disadvantaged youth, casual bike riding, reading, kickball, and has recently taken up yoga.

March 17 2016

 

Many thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to the success of the 2016 Brooklyn Prospect Spring Gala & Auction.

This year's gala was truly a special evening filled with fun and excitement thanks to our spectacular silent auction items, a raucous live auction led by Chloe Waddington of Christies, our emcees Robert Vidal II (P'20) and Tiffany Lewis (P'16), the delectable food and cocktails, our incredible parent volunteers, and some impressive dancing made possible by DJ Parler’s expert spinning.

With your generosity, we exceeded our fundraising expectations for this event, providing over $65,000 of critical support for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and its innovative educational and extracurricular programs.

Special thanks go to our wonderful Spring Gala Co-Chairs Jilian Gersten (P'26, P'28), Holly Halvarson (P'17), Amelia Kahaney (P'26), Kathryn Koegel (P'20, '21), Britt Morgan-Saks (P'27), and Cynthia Swartz (P‘17), who all worked tirelessly and generously took the reins of this celebratory parent fundraising event. We also extend our deepest gratitude to the many, many parent and community volunteers who helped bring the gala, the silent auction, and live auction to life.

Link here to view fantastic photos from the night, thanks to Susan Fox (P'19) and Nathalie Schueller (P'18)! 

Do you have a question re: the Spring Gala? Contact Linda Shum at donations@brooklynprospect.org


Committee Chairs
Jilian Gersten
Holly Halvarson
Amelia Kahaney
Kathryn Koegel
Britt Morgan-Saks
Cynthia Swartz


About 

Serving kindergarten through twelfth grade, Brooklyn Prospect pairs students with excellent teachers in a college preparatory environment using the International Baccalaureate program. 

Learn more at www.brooklynprospect.org.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


                    
                                     
           

February 11 2016

Congratulations to Jane Schechter, Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School Senior, for winning 3rd place in the Marlboro College Beautiful Minds Challenge.

The Beautiful Minds Challenge is an annual digital documentation challenge designed for high school students, sponsored and hosted by Marlboro College.  While high school underclassmen are eligible to win cash prizes, high school seniors are eligible to win full or partial scholarships to Marlboro College. 

This year, the challenge prompt was "Human being: being Human. Capture Truth." Jane digitally submitted 5 art pieces, entitled "Playing House", and an accompanying cover letter in response to the challenge. Winning entries were judged by a panel of college faculty, staff, and current students.

As a third place winner, Jane is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship for 8 semesters at Marlboro College. She also wins a week-long, travel expense-paid trip to campus for the 2015 Beautiful Minds Symposium. There, she will present her artwork with other winning participants. 

Read more about Jane's project and other winning projects here.

February 10 2016

Dear Brooklyn Prospect Friends and Families,

We are pleased to announce that Brooklyn Prospect Charter School’s second middle school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle will open in Community School District 13 (CSD13) this fall, 2016. Modeled after our Windsor Terrace Middle School, BPCS Clinton Hill Middle will be led by three Brooklyn Prospect veterans: Jackie DeLuca, Kim Raccio, and Kelly Vaughan.

BPCS Clinton Hill Middle will open to approximately 100 sixth graders and, subject to the approval process through public hearing, will be temporarily co-located at 300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, a New York City Department of Education facility.
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We expect that our co-location at 300 Willoughby Avenue will last two years - after which a new, permanent facility, now under construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, is expected to be ready for use. That permanent home on Fulton Street will be a brand new, custom-built, 32,000 sq. ft. middle school building and will include a large commons (cafeteria), outdoor playspace, gymnasium, and library.  In addition to housing traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science laboratory, and specialized reading rooms.

BPCS Clinton Hill Middle will replicate Brooklyn Prospect’s successful district 15 middle school program, and will grow a grade each year, to serve approximately 300 6-8th graders at full capacity. Once a student is admitted to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, students may continue through our high school program without reapplying. Our high school is located in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Chartered by the State University of New York - Charter Schools Institute (SUNY CSI), BPCS is one of just a few non-selective public schools in NYC offering the highly respected International Baccalaureate diploma. We are also amongst a small number of NYC public schools to offer a K-12, 13-year contiguous program. 

The application to the new BPCS - Clinton Hill Middle 6th grade class is now available on our website. To register for our new middle school or any Brooklyn Prospect school, prospective families must create an account and complete the online application by April 1. Admission is by lottery.


 


About Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Prospect pairs students with excellent teachers in a college preparatory environment using the International Baccalaureate program. We are known for our intentionally integrated student body and academic program designed to develop, in our students, a love of learning and a global perspective.  


 

[LEADERSHIP BIOS]

 

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Jackie DeLuca, Founding Middle School Principal

Jackie DeLuca, currently the head of our middle and high school literacy department, has been named principal of our newest school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle. As a literacy expert, Jackie’s leadership within our organization has brought the issue of student literacy to the forefront of our programs. Her impact across both our middle and high schools, has been life changing for our students.

Jackie joined Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in 2012 as a founding middle school reading intervention specialist. During her tenure at Brooklyn Prospect, she demonstrated tremendous leadership in orchestrating key strategic initiatives to improve the quality of reading and writing instruction across our middle and high schools. A seasoned educator and experienced administrator, Jackie understands the transformational impact that developing rich reading lives can have on young minds.

Jackie received her B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and her M.A. from Pace University, where she majored in middle school education and specialized in working with students with disabilities. Jackie’s deep understanding of the importance of student literacy was ignited early in her career when she served as a Teach for America Corps member at Mott Hall III Academy in the Bronx, and later as a founding special education teacher and special education coordinator at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn.  Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Jackie was also awarded a Michael Jordan Foundation grant, which she used to plan and orchestrate the full development of a middle school library, converted from a vacant classroom.

Jackie is currently undergoing rigorous preparation as a Relay Graduate School National Principals Academy Fellow, alongside former middle school principal and current Director of Academics, LaNolia Omowanile.

In the fall, Jackie will share leadership of BPCS- Clinton Hill Middle with Kim Raccio, BPCS K-12 Principal, New School Development. Our Clinton Hill Middle founding class of students and teachers will surely benefit from Ms. DeLuca’s knowledge, teaching experience, and determination to foster a warm and inviting educational environment.

 


Kim Raccio, Principal, New School Development

Kim Raccio joined Brooklyn Prospect Schools in 2012, as the founding principal of Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School.  During her first years at Brooklyn Prospect, Kim led the high school to become one of the few non-select New York City public schools authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School to offer the prestigious Diploma Program.

This school year, Kim is “cross-training” as a principal leader at our elementary school. Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Kim served as the Assistant Head of Academics and founding academic director of the American Studies Program at the Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, U.K. Kim began her teaching career in Connecticut with Schooner, Inc., The Connecticut SeaGrant Program, as well as Hamden Hall Country Day School.

A globally minded educator who is passionate about innovative educational programs, Kim received her B.S. in biology from Southern State University and her M.A. in education leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in International Education at the University of Bath (UK).  She also serves on accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a private consultant specializing in UK/US hybridized educational programs.

Kim is excited to use her founding, teaching, and leaderships skills to support program development at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle!


Kelly Vaughan, Lead Founding Science Teacher

Kelly Vaughan is a founding teacher and former math and science department chair at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Windsor Terrace Middle. Kelly graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in human biology, and received her M.A. in secondary science education from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

After graduating, Kelly began her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member in the Bronx. Two years later, she joined the founding middle school team of Mott Hall III Academy in the Bronx, where she served as a 6th grade team leader, science department chair, as well as a LEGO Robotics coach, math tutor, and occasionally even PE teacher! In 2006-07, she taught at a private school in Istanbul, Turkey, part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Following her year of travel, she founded Gotham Schools, a New York City education website, where she researched and wrote articles about New York City public schools. Recognizing that her true passion remained in the classroom, in 2009, Ms. Vaughan returned to teaching science at KIPP STAR Charter School in Manhattan.

Having been in this space before, Kelly is excited to deliver to her students a very carefully orchestrated, experiential approach to learning about science in their everyday lives and the world at large. Since her tenure at Brooklyn Prospect, Kelly has won the 2010 ING Unsung Heroes grant, served as a NY Hall of Science Design Fellow, and worked to introduce computer programming into her curriculum through Project GUTS. She is also known for coordinating events for Brooklyn Prospect's annual "Hour of Code."

Kelly is delighted and eager to begin a new stage with Brooklyn Prospect as a lead founding science teacher at BPCS - Clinton Hill Middle.

 
February 9 2016

Join us! This year we are celebrating yet another milestone - our first high school graduating class. Don't miss it - get your tickets today!

 

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