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Brown School

Private | PK-8 | 185 students

 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $109,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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My kids love learning at Brown! The programs, class lessons, special classes, and extra curricular activities are amazing. In addition to art, music, P.E., computer, Spanish, and library classes, my Kindergartener will be taking a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) class twice a week. For my middle school children, I am constantly amazed at the depth and diversity of their curricula their favorites: art, technology, guitar, science, history of rock n roll (an elective) as well as the after-school activities available to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

My daughter has had a wonderful experience at Brown. She started in Pre-K and is about to enter third grade. The teachers challenge their students in a supportive and nurturing environment. There is an emphasis on character development which I really appreciate. The kids treat one another with kindness and respect. The focus is on matters of importance--academics, the environment, social responsibility--and not overly focused on pop culture. It has been a great fit for my daughter and well worth the money we pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

Our son has attended Brown School for the last three years. It has been an amazing experience for him and our entire family. Our family was quickly included into the Brown School Community. The school has provided a quality education, utilizing a small class size. His teachers have been kind, loving, and creative. They have also addressed his individual learning style, while going above and beyond what is expected. We are so thankful that we found Brown School for our son's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Brown School allows our children to thrive in a nurturing, comfortable and challenging learning environment. The children explore a variety of topics from multiple perspectives. They hear, touch, discuss and engage friends in projects related to the topic they are discovering. They are taught to be leaders, good friends and encourage all to find their voice. Everyone gets a chance to perform on stage, present to a group of peers as well as parents and play sports. The remarkable glue that knits this community together is the sense of family that allows for resolution of conflicts as well as individual growth. We always walk away from school events with a huge smile knowing we are giving our children the best learning opportunity. Watching the children run into school every morning is a great way to start my day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Brown School offers our children what few other others in our region are able to do: the opportunity to grow into confident, independent and joyful learners. At Brown, my children have thrived and have developed remarkable critical thinking skills and creative expression. Brown School's commitment to educating the "whole child" is clear and their celebration of the Arts is impressive. One of the most amazing things about Brown is the opportunity for children to feel at ease participating in diverse activities without being "judged," or stereotyped. For example, this year my son quite happily joined the Science Bowl Team, starred in the School Musical, played in band, joined select strings and competed on the soccer and volleyball teams without being "pegged" as a "geek," or a "jock." I love that at Brown, kids have the chance to explore their interests freely and to express their enthusiasm without fear of being teased or bullied. Brown School is a fantastic place, and I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

I was sold on the quality of environment and the educational experience from day one when my granddaughter entered pre-k .she is now in second grade. As a past educator, who recognizes the individuality of learning for children, I was impressed that this was a core awareness and focus of the faculty. Brown provides a ground of nurturing that sets the stage for an excellent learning and growing experience. They truly offer a home away from home and wonderful sense of community. Their inclusion of a mindfulness awareness program helps the children deal with distraction and frustration. Their Ignite Program, which allows students to set personal and scholastic goals for themselves, is a positive method for giving the child power in their own development and learning experience. If one values small classes, with an emphasis on critical thinking where children learn to appreciate and respect themselves and others in a community setting ..Brown School is the place to be.


Posted January 5, 2014

My sons say Brown School is awesome and we agree! Brown School has been a great school for us. The classes are small. The teachers know my kids well and care about them. We have great communication with the teachers. My boys are excited about what they are learning at school. I credit Brown School with making both my boys avid readers. My boys are into sports, but what is so great about Brown School is that both of my boys were in the school musical this fall. My kids get to do it all at Brown School. Stuff they would never get to do at a large school. We love the school. We highly recommend Brown School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Brown School offers an outstanding program that begins in nursery and continues through eight grade! Children learn best when they are happy, willing to stretch their thinking by asking questions, trying new things and getting involved in the educational process. The teachers, administrators, and staff are genuinely committed to each child's journey by providing an environment that celebrates and values learning. The Brown School philosophy truly looks at the "whole child." Children learn much more than purely academics at Brown. They develop love of learning and a genuine respect for other students and the entire Brown School community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

When we moved to the area from the San Francisco Bay Area, finding the right school for my daughter was a top priority. As the daughter of an English teacher and a journalist, I valued academic excellence first and foremost in a school. As a social psychologist, I knew the social-emotional environment was also incredibly important. I wanted my daughter to love school, to develop her own personal creativity, interests and style and to learn real foundational academic skills. Brown school has offered us everything we wished for and more. The curriculum combines mindfulness education, the arts, extensive writing programs, and increasingly impressive science programs to create whole-child development of the highest order. My daughter has thrived. She loves the Brown community like family. Her friends are kind, comfortable with adults, and skilled beyond their years at resolving conflicts, integrating new class members, working in teams and individually. Her class is diverse and just the right size to allow for individual attention and good social opportunities. We wouldn t have her any other place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Our daughter attends the preschool program - and I can't say enough good about this school. The teachers are excellent and provide a nurturing environment -- yet they don't talk down to the kids. I would highly recommend this school.
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Posted August 8, 2013

We absolutely love having our son attend Brown School. I wish it continued through high school in fact. I really appreciate that my son is not just learning, but really enjoys learning. It's not about going through the motions, not about taking test after test at Brown School. It's about learning & building upon that sense of wonder that every child has. And to have that along with such a warm, caring community of children, teachers, staff, and families makes for a truly great school.
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Posted March 24, 2011

Brown School is a wonderful school. It is warm and welcoming, and my children feel a strong sense of belonging to the school community -as do my husband and I. The academics are rigorous, but engaging, and my children are making enormous progress. They also love the arts programs-art, movement and music that encourage their creative growth. As a working mom, I appreciate the after-school and vacation day programs that provide my children with safe care in an environment that continues to stimulate their growth outside of the classroom. The strong after-school programs are a godsend....I would highly recommend this school. I hope to see you and your children there next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2011

This school is awesome. My children love it there, they have small classes, an enthusiastic, wonderful staff. The teachers are so creative, the children learn in so many different ways. Each child gets the individual attention they need.
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Posted February 5, 2010

Our kids go to Brown School and they love it. Our daughter is in 1st grade and is doing well academically, learning to read and write. In addition, she is getting a well-rounded education, including her artistic and musical abilities that have greatly improved. She is also learning Spanish, and taking piano lessons in the afterschool program right at Brown School. We like the school a lot, and the parents are very involved, e.g. organizing movie nights at the school for the kids.
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Posted January 24, 2010

Brown enjoys a very participatory parent community who enjoy a close relationship with the staff. As the parent of a second grader now in her third year there, I feel confident that she is learning all the skills that make great people great and that the quality of her education is far richer than what she would get in the public system (of which I'm a product of). At Brown there's an emphasis on 'mindfulness', or understanding one's self and their place in community. Learning to quiet one's own mind is important as well as understanding conflict and building cooperation; stuff we found missing in the public schools, and woefully missing in our 'grown-up' culture. I'm really only a parent, but check out Brown. I feel it provides skills that few other curricula do, a solid foundation for success in life.
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Posted January 29, 2009

If the motto of this website wasn't 'Involved Parents. Successful kids.', I would say the same about Brown. Exceptional staff, dedicated faculty, unique philosophy. You need only step into halls and you feel the vibrance and love of learning. The commitment to the futures of children and supporting the families is unparalleled. The Brown Community is cherished & nurtured with the same devotion shown for the children. Excellence that has no boundaries.
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Posted January 20, 2005

We have found the education at Brown School to be academically challenging at the middle school level. The language arts and social studies program is particularly advanced and exciting. There are a large number of extra curricular options in every area and a high level of student participation. These opportunities include team sports, drama, socials, and family trips. There is a strong parent involvement in these activities and in fundraising efforts.
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Patricia Vitale
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CRISA,NAIS
  • NYSAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • By home district w/in 15 mi.
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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150 Corlaer Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12304
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Phone: (518) 370-0366

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