RFP - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Request for Proposal


Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is a K-12 college preparatory community where excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. Since launching in 2009, Brooklyn Prospect serves 1,500 students in Kindergarten through Twelfth grade across 5 campuses in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Prospect is seeking providers to provide high quality afterschool programming for students at our three elementary school campuses and one high school campus.

There are two category options available.
You may apply for Category 1, Category 2, or both categories.

Category 1:
Elementary School

Goal: To provide quality afterschool enrichment programming to 400-500 students across 3 elementary campuses 5 days a week. Programming should focus on arts, steam, physical education and movement, and academic enrichment. The provider will manage all aspects of program operations including recruitment, applications, payment, attendance, program management, and family engagement.

Category 2:
High School

projected contract amount: $ 120,000

Goal: To provide quality enrichment programming for 250-300 high school students with a focus on arts, steam, academic support, and/or career and trade education. The provider will manage all aspects of program provision including recruitment, enrollment, facilitating 4-5 programmatic options daily, 5 days a week.

Basic Information

Request for Proposal Release Date:Friday, May 19th, 2023

Proposal Due Date: June 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Anticipated Contract Term: – August 28, 2023- June 30, 2024

  • Required Professional Development: August 28, 2023- September 8, 2023
  • First Day of Programming: September 11, 2023
  • Last Day of Programming: June 28, 2023


  • All vendors must comply with New York State School Age Child Care (SACC) regulations
  • All vendors must comply with all state and local requirements regarding background checks and fingerprinting
  • All vendors must maintain and provide a certificate of liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 in coverage

Additional Requirements

  • All vendors must include the cost of space rental in their proposed budgets as follows:
    • Elementary Rent: $85,000 total for space in all 3 campuses
    • High School Rent: $30,000
  • All vendors must agree to cover the cost of all damages to space that may be incurred during program hours
  • All vendors must agree to participate in pre-scheduled professional development per Prospect Schools request currently scheduled for November 7, 2023, January 2, 2024, and February 8, 2024

Additional Requirements for Category 1: Elementary Providers

  • All vendors must agree to fully subsidize student scholarships for all students who meet financial need as per the below criteria. Approximately 261 students received full or partial scholarships across all three elementary schools in 2022-2023 school year.

Full Scholarships will be awarded to families who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have household income under $28,780
  • Meet NYCHA/shelter/foster/McKiney Vento care housing criteria
  • Food Insecurity

Reduced Rate scholarships will be awarded to families who 1 or more of the following criteria:

  • Special family income sources
  • Housing vouchers
  • SSDI (Social Security Disability Income)
  • Special family employment status
  • Migrant / seasonal worker
  • Unemployed
  • FLRP Status

Brooklyn Prospect Will Provide

  • Dedicated office space
  • Dedicated desk space
  • Storage space to include a locked storage cabinet

Contact & Questions Regarding RFP: BrooklynProspectRFP@gmail.com

Proposal Guidelines: Please submit your proposal by completing all questions below and submitting the form. Note: this form will not allow you to save responses without submission. Please ensure that all sections are complete before submission. 

Contracting Process: RFP selection does not guarantee the contract award. Final determinations will be based on ability to meet all contract requirements as determined by Brooklyn Prospect Charter School staff.

School Locations:

Category 1: Elementary Schools

Downtown Elementary:
80 Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sunset Yards Elementary:
341 39th St, Brooklyn NY 11232

International Elementary:
272 Macon St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Category 2: High School

Brooklyn Prospect High School:
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Background & Overview

Brooklyn Prospect is rooted in four core values:


Develop sound judgment and intellect by asking questions confidently and thinking critically.


Support others by grounding every action in empathy while championing equity and inclusion in our work.


Grow and learn by solving problems with determination, creativity and tenacity.


Succeed by approaching challenges with excitement, enthusiasm and self-assurance.

Brooklyn Prospect is committed to diversity, world class academics, and excellent teaching. Building a truly diverse and inclusive community is the most important goal and the driving force behind everything Brooklyn Prospect does. By thoughtfully serving students and families from all backgrounds — racial, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic — we create learning environments where students can gain a deep understanding of the ways in which alternative perspectives drive innovation and creativity. An IB world school, Brooklyn Prospect models its curriculum on the renowned International Baccalaureate Program. This rigorous program raises the level of academic responsibility for students and serves as an important indicator of  capacity for success in college and beyond. Brooklyn Prospect teachers are highly skilled in their content areas and are constantly improving their craft. They are committed to the Brooklyn Prospect mission and excel as enthusiastic collaborators and engaged community members.

Educational Approach

Brooklyn Prospect believes in strong student culture. Creating an environment that is warm, orderly and joyful helps students get in the right frame of mind for learning and builds a sense of community and belonging amongst students, teachers and faculty. Brooklyn Prospect supports peer learning by maintaining respectful and positive relationships, working hard to ensure our teachers and faculty have the tools they need to build those kinds of relationships with students and their families, and with each other. Brooklyn Prospect partners with parents to ensure students learn and develop both academically and emotionally. Brooklyn Prospect helps students build the skills they need to be successful academically and personally, by devoting ample time to social and emotional learning. And when it comes to resolving disciplinary issues, a focus on restorative learning practices instead of overly punitive measures, holds all students accountable to the same standards of behavior and pre-established norms on a consistent basis.

Developing a deep appreciation for learning doesn’t happen in a day, a month, or even a year. It takes a group of educators and administrators working together and planning carefully to create an intentional, collaborative learning environment built around continuity of education. Brooklyn Prospect’s K-12 aligned, liberal arts curriculum is modeled after the renowned International Baccalaureate Program and helps our students become well-rounded learners who tackle problems with a collaborative mindset. Our liberal arts-focused curriculum inspires creative inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, personal reflection and collaborative learning, going far beyond the basic standards required by the state. The tenets of the IB Program teach students to think in a way that relies on a variety of perspectives and a deep sense of curiosity. Projects ask our students to draw on diverse disciplines, skill areas, languages and cultures to reach a solution, demonstrating that their approach to learning is dynamic, never static.

Brooklyn Prospect’s curriculum is largely shaped by two mindsets: internationalism and lifelong learning. Students learn to think globally and put themselves in the shoes of other cultures and viewpoints so they can truly be prepared for the increasingly global world they’re growing into.
A lifelong learning perspective supports students to become the people they want to be through intentional practice, openness to hard work over talent, and a consistent desire for growth.

As an organization, Brooklyn Prospect provides students a rich array of academic offerings and opportunities that make their education a truly diverse experience. As such, a variety of performance measures and tools are used to evaluate learning and quality of instruction.
This ensures assessments are used to determine the skills and content knowledge a student has mastered and to inform teaching strategy to meet students where they are in their educational journey and set them up for success down the road.

RFP Objectives and Goals

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School aims to partner with high quality afterschool providers to provide a diverse range of developmentally appropriate afterschool enrichment programming to three elementary schools and one high school.

Program Objectives Include:

  • Provide enrichment programming that aligns with Prospect Schools identified core components: fine art & performance art, steam, physical education and movement, literacy, academic support, and leadership
  • Center diversity and inclusion in the program model
  • Incorporate social emotional learning into all program activities
  • Incorporate middle school transition preparation support for older elementary students
  • Incorporate college and career readiness in high school programming
  • Provide opportunities for family engagement
  • Ensure all afterschool programming is aligned with Prospect Schools core values and educational approach
  • Ensure seamless partnership with Prospect Schools staff to implement programming

Scope of Work

Category 1: Elementary School

The provider will operate fully in-person after school enrichment programming 5 days a week for 36 weeks a year from September 11, 2023 through June 28th, 2024. Programming will occur on 3 school campuses. Programming must have the capacity to serve 300-400 students. Programming will operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:45pm-6pm (providers should arrive at 3:30pm) and Wednesdays from 1:45pm-6pm (providers arrive at 1:30pm).

Providers will manage all registration and enrollment for programming. Providers will manage payments with families directly. Providers will ensure there is an onsite program manager to provide oversight of all program operations, family engagement, and culminating events.

Category 2: High School

The provider will operate fully in-person after school enrichment programming 5 days a week for 36 weeks a year from September 11, 2023 through June 28th, 2024. Programming will occur on site at Brooklyn Prospect High School. Programming must have the capacity to serve 250-300 students. Programming must occur within the following hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4pm-6pm and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6pm.

Providers should provide a wide range of program options with a focus on fine art & performance art, steam, movement, literacy, academic support, and career and technical education (eg. culinary, entrepreneurship, carpentry, trades, barbering and cosmetology).

Providers will manage all registration and enrollment for programming. Providers will ensure there is an onsite program manager to provide oversight of all program operations, family engagement, and culminating events.

Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal will be scored based on responses to the questions in the application form using an evaluation matrix.

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