BNS supports many children with learning delays and IEP's. They have classes of different sizes set-up to deal with different issues. My daughter is in a 12:1 class which is excellent. She receives PT, Speech single and in a group of 3 children, and play therapy. There is her teacher and anywhere from 3 to 5 para's in the room. Her speech has improved tremendously, she transitions from subject to subject better. Overall I feel this school really supports & helps the children progress. There are 2 different 12:1 classes. There is also 2 ICT classes. All children at some point are in an ICT class at BNS. Aside from these classes there are the general education classes. The school is very diverse and the children are kind to each other.
At P.S. 241, the School has a great number of students who are from all different background of etchnicity. Parents invovelment are extremely exceptional. The school leaders are awesome and parents feel welcome at all time. The learning environment is excellent at all level.
PS 146 also has reviews under the title Brooklyn New School. The latter seemed to have surfaced after this school title showed very concerning reviews. How does a school get listed on Great Schools and why were hey allowed to add their school a second time using their other title?
We have a child at BNS and are very happy with her teacher for the first time since she started there 3 years ago. everyone at the school seems to share the same progressive ideas about politics and education but for some faculty administration and parents its all talk whereas some people at the school work tirelessly to fulfill those ideals. Not sure if we had to pick again if we would make the same choice. Despite the progressive views espoused by many of the parent to my eye it seems like a disproportionate # of the students have behavioral issues. And because there is a certain self contentedness among teachers,admin and parents it is unlikely that things will improve. Submitted by a parent
Dynamic teaching, a rigorous, carefully-planned curriculum, a diverse school community that values critical thinking while it fosters mutual respect, appreciation of difference, and truly joyful learning.
we love the school's philosophy, which is child centered and project based. The children learn through meaningful exploration and they are treated with much respect.
We are new to BNS but love the community feel and approach to education.
The curriculum is innovative, experiential and focused on developing critical thinking skills.
We've finally have found a school that is allowed to treat children as individuals and not memorization machines that should strive to test well above all else. Brooklyn New School (as it is known) is a very special place. My child is learning to love learning, to respect others, to have confidence in himself. The teachers are focused on what works for each child and very open to having conversations with parents. The learning is hands on and addresses a variety of learning styles. True, the school sometimes could communicate better with parents about specific activities or learning strategies in the classroom but if you ask questions, they will be answered. And as for the principal, she is very clear about what her priorities are as an educator. She is not as 'PR oriented' as some principals are, but she is smart, committed and respected by teachers and kids alike.
A place that respects the child and meets them where they are at. Incredible parental involvement.Books are everywhere and are always in use.Math and science are taught (as all classes) as intergral part of life not just a subject to pass then forget. chilldren learn respect by living out these ideas.
Most of the teachers are a great bunch of thoughtful educators. Classes are too large for K and 1st grades. Early childhood needs to be rethought. Lots of parental involvement; teachers welcoming parents to work with them in the classroom is one of the school's strengths. The community is a caring one, with parents who really do get involved in their children's education. Music program for early childhood and upper grades is very good-thanks to excellent staffing in this area. Artists in residence add dimension.
We've just moved to the area and my oldest daughter is 4 so I can't provide a review of any schools at this time but I would like to read reviews of Brooklyn New School.
The ratings on princpipal leadership is a 5. She shows alot of dedcation towards the program, her staff and children in the program. Teacher quality ratings is a 5, you can tell there is a love to learn within this program from all teachers and staff. Extacurricular activities ratings are a 5. tehre is always something for every child to do after school. Parent involvement, this rating I give a 5 the parents are part of the parent teacher cofnerences and volunteers for everything. Safety and discpline are rated as a 4 it is very good and a very safe place and atmosphere to bring your child. The overall quality is rated as a 5, for I would recommend the program to anyone and would endorese its candidacy. I would highly recommend the program to any parent.
Brooklyn New School is a refreshing change to our usual Public Schools in NYC. It's reputation is that it is 'Public School' like, but the administration and faculty largely object to this statement, since public schools are not privately funded and BCS is powered by community and parental involvement, donating their time and resources, to make it work. It's a warm place, where everyone is on a first name basis, the academic standard is on par with the best NYC schools, the staff and students are from a well represented, diverse and balanced cross section of the city. After school programs are offered, the children remain safely in the building with supervision until pick up time, there is an excellent student teacher ratio. Faculty and administration are professional, working well with the students, parents and each other. It is a very humane, resourceful public school. Good work!
My son went to this school for two years; its a diverse, wonderful community of learners; the principal tries hard to fight the pressure to create a cookie-cutter education while maintaining high standards; we have moved but miss it terribly; very unique!
My children have thrived in this wonderful school. The teachers are fantastic and go above and beyond the call of duty.
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