Brooklyn Prospect Leads the Way by Example: School Desegregation by Choice

Since its inception in 2008, Brooklyn Prospect has been dedicated to serving and reflecting the diversity of our surrounding communities. Not only do we believe that diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another, but we also believe that diverse schools invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together. We hope to promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same educational opportunities.

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Brooklyn Prospect is proud to be a founding member of the National Coalition for Diverse Charter Schools.

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Welcoming High School Principal Ingrid Wong

With great pleasure we share that Ingrid Wong has accepted our offer to join Brooklyn Prospect Charter School as our next high school principal.  Ms. Wong joins us this month to begin her transition.  She will collaborate with and follow in the footsteps of founding Principal Kim Raccio.

During the interview process, Ingrid was described by former colleagues as a collaborative team player, who is focused and very hard working, patient, direct, and adept at approaching problems from different angles, always finding the best solution.

An experienced school administrator, former founding college counselor and humanities teacher, Ingrid brings with her a wealth of experience gained in both public and private schools here in New York City. Her professional background has placed her on the ground working closely with educators, students and their families. Our first graduating class will surely benefit from her knowledge, contacts, and successful track record in college placement.

While serving as Assistant Principal at East Harlem School at Exodus House, Ms. Wong earned her M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University where she was the Recipient of Teachers College Department of Curriculum and Teaching Minority Scholarship. A graduate of Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Butler Prize for History, Ms. Wong joins a growing list of BPCS employee and parent WU Cardinals.

Most recently a Senior Director of High School Admissions at the Office of Student Enrollment, New York City Department of Education, Ingrid played a leading role in a system comprised of over 80,000 applicants a year and 700 programs.   ... Read more

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The 2015 Spring Gala was a Huge Success! THANK YOU!



To all the parents, teachers, administrators, donors, online bidders, and volunteers who participated in our annual Spring Gala and Auction on Saturday, May 2nd — thank you for making it a tremendous success. The event brought close to 300 of our community members under one fun-filled roof, and sold over 184 auction items. Your generosity, energy, and commitment helped us to make this gala truly amazing.

This extraordinary fundraising effort will help close out our capital campaign to (1) build additional classrooms for the middle school in Windsor Terrace and (2) construct the rooftop playground at the downtown elementary school. On behalf of every child who will enjoy these spaces, we send you our gratitude.

We are thrilled so many of you came out to support our school on Saturday and grateful to everyone who donated their time and energy to make the gala and auction our best one yet. We know we speak for everyone when we say we feel lucky to be part of the growing, vibrant community that is Brooklyn Prospect. ... Read more

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Welcoming Middle School Principal Carolyn Michael

We are so pleased to announce that Carolyn Michael will be assuming principalship in our district 15 middle school in Windsor Terrace.  A longtime teacher, International Baccalaureate coordinator, and most recently, Youth Development & Counseling Department Head and Kindergarten -12 Academic Dean, Carolyn assumes the position from LaNolia Omowanile, our founding principal, who will move up to become Academic Director across all Brooklyn Prospect Schools.

As Brooklyn Prospect’s founding Math Teacher, Carolyn was instrumental in the development of the BPCS academic program. Later, in her capacity as Academic Dean, she spearheaded the school’s successful campaign for International Baccalaureate authorization and led the faculty in bringing the IB program to life within our school at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  

Ms. Michael holds a master's degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University's Teachers College, where she was awarded the prestigious Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship.  Prior to coming to Brooklyn Prospect, Ms. Michael served for two years as the Program Director of a private school for low-income families in East Harlem.  She also served administrative residencies alongside school leaders at Explore Charter School and Horace Mann.  Ms. Michael graduated with honors from Wellesley College and is fully certified as a School Building Leader in New York State. ... Read more

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Carolyn Michael Appointed Windsor Terrace Middle School Principal

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is pleased to announce Carolyn Michael as Middle School Principal of Brooklyn Prospect’s Windsor Terrace campus beginning June 2015. Founding Principal LaNolia Omowanile, will be begin her maternity leave in early summer and is due to return in September as K-12 Academic Director.

"Carolyn brings the ideal combination of vision, experience and compassion to the role of middle school principal. As a founding teacher at BPCS, she has helped nurture the school community and will now use her influential voice and impressive leadership skills to guide the school through its next exciting era of growth," said Noa Meyer, a 1st grade parent who served on the parent interview panel.

Carolyn brings a wealth of academic and leadership expertise to her new role.  As a founding middle school teacher at Brooklyn Prospect since 2009, she has been instrumental in the development of our academic program.  In her current capacity as Academic Dean, she led the faculty in bringing the International Baccalaureate program to life within our school at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  In 2007, after serving as the Program Director of the East Harlem School at Exodus House for two years, Ms. Michael was awarded the Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship, which provided full funding for her to earn a master's degree in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Carolyn is fully certified as a School Building Leader in New York State. ... Read more

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School Growth Update, Another Successful Lottery

Following another record breaking admissions season, we thank our 2300 plus lottery applicants who applied for our 175 available fall 2015 kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade seats.  We wish we had a seat for every applicant, and will continue to grow at a sensible pace in an effort to meet the demand.

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Brooklyn Prospect Leading the Charge For Diverse Charter Schools

Contact: Daniel Kikuji Rubenstein, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
EMBARGOED: 9:00 AM EDT, JULY 1, 2014
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The Glee Club Performs with Lighthouse International

On Saturday, June 7th, members of the Brooklyn Prospect Glee Club performed alongside members of Lighthouse International's youth program in conjunction with the National Dance Institute.  Lighthouse International is a worldwide organization dedicated to overcoming vision impairment through rehabilitation, education, research and advocacy, and has worked hard this year towards a dance program for blind and visually impaired youth ages 7-18.

In the program, each Lighthouse dancer is paired with a sighted dance partner, and choreography is created around all of the dancers' unique abilities. Brooklyn Prospect Charter School was proud to support the dance program by singing live accompaniment to the performance. 



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Brooklyn Prospect Now Offering the IB Diploma Programme

Brooklyn Prospect is now a certified IB World School in the Middle Years AND Diploma Programmes! 

What is the International Baccalaureate Program? Academically challenging and balanced, the International Baccalaureate Program prepares students for success in academia, college, and beyond. This world class program emphasizes interdisciplinary work and study of a second language, and encourages deep learning that incorporates global trends. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Many colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, offer credits for high school IB coursework. Others, such as Harvard University, offer second-year status upon admission to students with an IB diploma and the opportunity to place into higher-level courses. Some colleges even offer early admission to students with an IB Diploma.

To find out more about what the International Baccalaureate entails, link here.

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Lacrosse Team Featured on News12 Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Prospect lacrosse team was featured this past week on News12 Brooklyn as a program that is building excitement around this developing new youth sport in New York City. The school was awarded $10,000 from the U.S. Lacrosse First Stick Program in 2010 and was one of eight schools nationwide to outfit 24 players with full equipment, U.S. Lacrosse membership, and developmental and safety resources. 

The team plays against private, Catholic, and public schools, as well as lacrosse clubs throughout Brooklyn and New York City. Read the full article on News12 Brooklyn here. 


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

 It takes less than a minute.

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 ... Read more

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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 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



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.

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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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Brooklyn Prospect stars in 'USA Today' article on school diversity

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Dear Brooklyn Prospect Community Member,

After a week of turmoil for many of our families, friends and supporters, Brooklyn Prospect was happy to begin the process of re-establishing routine for our middle and high school students by opening our school doors to this past Friday. The joyful hum returned to our Commons as the students gathered with their friends and exhaled, the possibility of normalcy in sight.

I write today to send our best wishes to each of you in Sandy's aftermath, and to sharea story featuring Brooklyn Prospect, published last weekend in the nation's largest circulating daily newspaper USA Today.  We are pleased to be recognized for the innovative contributions we are making to education as opposed to whether we allow hugging-- which, by the way, we do.  

In considering the article, I would add three comments: ... Read more

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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


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


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.

Born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Ashley Brown began to seriously pursue dance at age 12. She trained at her local dance studio, her high school and performed across the state with the Tidwell Project. Her first teaching and choreographic opportunities were for the Young Dancer’s Workshop held by her high school. Immediately following high school, Ashley studied at the Ailey School, The Arts Unlimited Project, and Spelman College. She performed with the Spelman Dance Theatre and performed as a soloist in choreographic works by Nathan Trice, Ursula Payne, Maria Bauman, Travis Gatling, Kenneth Green, Sherone Price, and Diane McIntyre. Other performance credits include performing in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, performing in the film, The Gospel; the movie premiere of The Gospel, The Gospel LIVE; performing at the Kennedy Center for the National American College Dance Festival and Lord I Have A Right To The Tree Of Life with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (Founder of recording female ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock). ... 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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