View Full Version : BK-All New Public School, Brooklyn Arbor, Is Opening in Williamsburg

02-23-2012, 12:17 PM
From A Child Grows (http://www.achildgrows.com/2012/02/23/new-public-school-is-opening-in-williamsburg/) by Karen Connell:

A brand new district-wide public school is opening up in Williamsburg this fall. Brooklyn Arbor (http://www.brooklynarbor.org/), will open its doors in September to K-2 students and slowly grow into a comprehensive K-5 elementary school by 2015. They will most likely be a Magnet School and can accept applications from anywhere in the city, but preference is given to District 14 students. The magnet status will be determined within the next month.

They have been granted an enrollment extension through March 16th, but they need to reach as broad a swath of Brooklyn quickly in order to successfully launch in September. This could be your chance to try out a new school, particularly if you arenít happy with the choices you have in front of you.

Some of the programs they will offer include:

The Great Outdoors Club
English Language Classes
Chess Team
Track Team
Bike NYC Club
Roberto Clemente Tee Ball
YMCA Wilderness Trips
Program for Accelerated Learners
Music Residencies
Tutorial Program
Multicultural Dance
Kindergarten Exploratorium

They will be located at:
The Roberto Clemente Campus
325 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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02-24-2012, 11:19 AM
From her blog NYC School Help (http://www.nycschoolhelp.com/blog/2012/2/24/brooklyn-arbor-ps-414-in-williamsburg.html):

I had a great interview yesterday with Eva Irizarry, the new principal of Brooklyn Arbor, a public school program. Brooklyn Arbor which will be also be known as PS 414 will be opening a Kindergarten, first and second grade in the PS 19 building in the fall of 2012.

The application period for in zone families will be extended to 3/16 for the new program, but there are many, many seats available for families from outside of zone and when approved shortly, magnet applications will be available for those families. Those applications can be made throughout the spring. They are having their first meet and greet at the Williamsburg Library 240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave. on Friday 3/9 at 4:30. To confirm: info@brooklynarbor.org or 718-935-3597 They will be scheduling more info sessions and are looking for interested parents and venues to spread the word.

Ms. Irizarry is a Brooklyn parent, formerly on staff at Art in America Magazine, local teacher for over 10 years and has extensive experience in operational roles in local schools.

Ms. Irizarry is a talented grant writer and excited about bringing a wide variety of programs to the building, as well as utilizing their portion of the Magnet Grant to support the classroom. She wants to develop a Kindergarten Exploratory Classroom that all the K classes will visit for 20-30 minutes a day for sand, water, block and theatrical play. She is passionate when speaking about the need for children to have "hands on" time and creative exploration. Physical activity and love of nature will be integral to the program.

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04-04-2012, 08:18 AM
What model will this school follow? Is it typical of progressives in EV? Childrens Workshop, Earth School etc,? Or is it more a blend of trad and progressive? Please give an example of a public school you think it would mostly align to. Thanks !

04-04-2012, 01:01 PM
I don't follow D1 schools but from all that the leadership has laid out, it seems like they will be a very strong inquiry based school. I would say that Brooklyn New School would be a possible model; heterogeneous grouping of a widely diverse (socio economically and racially diverse) group of students, integrated subject matter and arts centered around thematic units and project based/exploratory learning - utilizing the talents and energy of a varied and engaged parent population. Of the many strong options in D14, it appears that this will be among the most progressive. I hope that helps.

04-05-2012, 08:51 AM
Thank-you that does help to know if the model is that progressive.