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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.”

The addition of BPCS elementary seats in District 13 is warmly greeted by Community Roots Charter School Co-Director Allison Keil. "Given the significant increases in demand for public school seats, we are excited to have one of our close collaborators and peers creating more opportunities for children of this district,"  says Keil, who advised BPCS throughout the planning stages and will continue to collaborate with the BPCS team.   

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 New York City following the International Baccalaureate program, and also amongst only a small number of NYC public schools to offer a K-12, 13-year program. BPCS has recently gained national attention for its focus on racial and socioeconomic diversity. Current BPCS students come from over 200 different elementary and middle schools and approximately 40 percent are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Admission is by lottery. To register for the school’s June 6 downtown elementary admissions lottery, prospective kindergarten families must complete an application on the school website before 5pm on June 3. Subsequent seats will be filled via time-stamped waitlist application, also found, along with information session dates, on the organization website (


About Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Prospect pairs students with excellent teachers in a college preparatory environment using the pillars of the International Baccalaureate program. This unique program prepares the school’s diverse student body for success as global citizens and helps students develop a love of learning that provides the foundation for personal and professional success in an interconnected world.

Brooklyn Prospect with it’s focus on the whole child teaches 21st century skills, fosters peer collaboration, encourages personal reflection, promotes community service and creative problem solving, and prepares students for a global workforce by developing second language fluency.