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A New Middle School In Clinton Hill - Bed-Stuy (D13)
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.
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.
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.