I would give this school no stars if I could. There are some teachers that try to help students with learning disabilities, but the school itself clearly does not want these students. There is no attempt to follow IEPs and services are substituted without notifying the parent or the DOE. The school policy on promotion conflicts with the modified promotion criteria in student's IEPs so you have to negotiate promotion with the school as they send fail letters solely based upon the state exams. The school does not work with the parents through the DOE to update IEPs so you are left by yourself to ensure an adequate IEP is in place. They do not perform the needed assessments as indicated in the IEP. Whenever you discuss this with the school, they reply they are a charter school so they do not have to comply so they are either ignorant of the regulations or trying to get rid of your child. They also have very strict grading criteria with no late homeworks or assignments typically allowed, which given the large amount of homework given (in every class every night), is impossible to keep up with for a student with a learning disability. They should not accept LD children.
We are now finishing the first marking period and I took a look at the parent portal to see how my child is doing. It looks like the students are given a grade on absolutely everything they touch and do. In one class for the first six weeks, my child received 31 grades starting on the very first day of school. This was for 19 classroom days in that course. While having up-to-date information is good, I do not know how one teaches if the kids are not allowed to make a mistake. If an assignment is late (and late is not handed in that day), they can only make up two for 50% credit a semester and otherwise get a 0% and a whole is created. There were also a lot of mistakes in the grading score. For some kids this might be good, but I would not want to teach this way. It has gotten worse from last year as well as testing and statistics seem to be prized. Think about it before assuming this is the first choice for District 15 students.
The school has very motivated and talented teachers, but they are young and need time to mature. The administration needs to focus more on teacher development but seems more focused on expansion and building its brand. Given the right leadership, the teachers at this school can be among the best in the City but they need more time. Some are very responsive to parents but others are difficult to get focused on student challenges. Also, the MS principal can be unresponsive if approached with problems and seems too focused on the state test scores as a measure of success. This hurts students with IEPs or are struggling in one area or another when intervention is needed. I question whether the school needs to better understand IEPs and how to handle students with learning difficulties and disabilities. The school seems all too focused on messaging and spin at times which when over the top really hurts the cause. In the end, there are some really positive aspects to Brooklyn Prospect but some very negative areas that they need to focus on.
My son goes to BPCS (8th grade). We have been generally happy with the school. It is professionally run, the students are well educated, they handle social difficulties responsibly (e.g., bullying, conduct issues). The main areas of difficulty have been: 1. the school is sometimes overly strict in certain grading policies and teachers have made significant errors in keeping track of student absences or whether assignments were handed in. You really have to double check. 2. Since BPCS has its own High School and hopes the students will attend, they are less helpful than most schools where it comes to preparing for the admissions process for other local High Schools. Basically, they will give you the paperwork you need but not offer guidance. That's a disappointment if your child is not 100% certain that he or she wants to continue at BPCS for High School.
My older daughter is in 8th grade and will stay for high school and my younger daughter will enter 6th grade in the fall. I have been extraordinarily impressed by the teachers, administration, and staff of the school. The teachers are either extremely experienced or are young and energetic - and paired with a senior teacher. The breadth of the curriculum and the focus on global citizenship are well designed to prepare our students for the future. The terrific math and science as well as the inspiring humanities, arts, and literature provide an excellent balance. We are also happy to be part of a community that values diversity of all types. Every school has room to improve - at Brooklyn Prospect, every adult in the building is thinking about improvement.
This is the first school I've worked at where I would also want to send my own child. Teachers here work around the clock on behalf of the students. Although the students may not know it, many teachers (even the best!) tape our classes as a way to continuously grow as professionals, to develop our craft of teaching. Our curriculum includes many in-depth projects, ranging from building wind turbines and holding a Renaissance Fair in sixth grade, to computer programming and Earth Science inquiry projects in 9th grade. We also work hard to teach students the skills needed for success in future classes and on high-stakes exams. The school provides a lot of structure for students, with clear and consistent policies and practices from classroom to classroom, but also gives the students freedom and choice appropriate to their age & development. Middle school students wear uniforms, for example, while high school students have only a dress code.
I am a 9th grader at this school currently and I feel that the curriculum is too much fluff and doesn't get to the basics as someone else said below. I feel that the teachers and staff are all so new at this and they are learning as we are learning. For example the teachers video tape during class, (which makes uncomfortable ) to help the, see what they are doing wrong. Bottom line, they have a lot of room for improvement and that's not beneficial to us students and sometimes effects our grades
The quality of teaching at Brooklyn Prospect is fabulous. My 6th grader and 9th grader are challenged and encouraged; differentiated instruction really happens here. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is regarded around the world as rigorous and balanced, with an emphasis on 21st century skills and community service. Brooklyn Prospect is definitely college-prep. The school values student diversity and it benefits from innovative leadership, outstanding Middle School and High School Principals, and active parent involvement. It is growing by a grade each year to a full Gr 6-12 school (serving Grades 6-9 in 2012-2013). Permanent location in Windsor Terrace at 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway as of Sept 2012, following a $1.6 million renovation. Admission is by lottery with more than 1,000 students applying for 100 spots. Word is out on this amazing school (www.brooklynprospect.org).
I taught here for a brief period and could not wait to submit my resignation! The leadership team is weak and ineffective. It is clear that there is a complete breakdown in communication between parents, teachers, and administrators. There is far too much fluff in the curriculum instead of basic skills.
My grandson is a brand new 6th grader this year and so far I'm very pleased. The school is very organized and structured, curriculum is engaging, excellent teachers , diversity, homework is manageable and my grandson is thriving.
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