2 New Public Elementary Schools Finally Planned for Downtown Brooklyn!

2 New Public Elementary Schools Finally Planned for Downtown Brooklyn!
We’re thrilled to report that not one, but two new (much needed) elementary schools are on the drawing board for Downtown Brooklyn! Both schools will be part of mixed-used highrises built in partnership with developers. In District 13, a new 332-seat elementary school will be part of a development at One Willoughby Square (aka 420 Albee Square across ...

Where Should They Build A New School in Downtown Brooklyn?

Where Should They Build A New School in Downtown Brooklyn?
Good news! There is now funding to build 3 new public schools in (or near) Downtown Brooklyn in the latest Capital Plan. The bad news is that a huge challenge remains…finding suitable sites to build them. With so much development going on in the area the School Construction Authority (SCA) just can’t compete, so the SCA recently issued an appeal to developers to consider including a school ...

This Is What We’ve Been Working For…Finally New Schools!

This Is What We've Been Working For...Finally New Schools!
Huge news!!! The School Construction Authority (SCA), the agency that builds new schools in New York, has requested funding in the next city budget for not one but four new schools in or near Downtown Brooklyn! After years of trying to get the SCA to include up-to-date numbers that factor in new residential development into ...

Downtown Brooklyn Facing ‘School Capacity Crisis,’ Borough President Warns

Downtown Brooklyn Facing 'School Capacity Crisis,' Borough President Warns
Finally officials are saying what we’ve been saying for three years and the numbers bear it out. There is clearly not enough seats in the existing schools to absorb all the new children that will live in Downtown Brooklyn as a result of all the new residential development. Adams along with Councilman Steve Levin, Tucker ...

Getting Down To Work…And There’s Lots To Do!

Getting Down To Work...And There's Lots To Do!
We’re thrilled that Councilman Steve Levin is spearheading a task force to finally address the impact of all the residential development in the area on local schools.  The first meeting of the Downtown Brooklyn School Planning Working Group (DBSPWG) was convened on May 28th and in attendance were many major players including state and local politicians, DOE and school reps, members of the ...

Is Overcrowding Inevitable in our Area Schools?

A recent report filed as part of the lawsuit to stop the building of residential housing in Brooklyn Bridge park revealed a very interesting tidbit…according to the DOE’s own numbers, ALL of the elementary schools in District 13 subdistrict 2 (which extends from Brooklyn Heights into Clinton Hill) will be at 140% capacity in just ...

TAKE 2: The CB2 Again Urges the Mayor to Build a New School in DoBro

TAKE 2: The CB2 Again Urges the Mayor to Build a New School in DoBro
It’s been more than a year and a half since Community Board 2 told the Mayor that a new school in Downtown Brooklyn was their top funding priority.  Last year the Mayor’s office agreed, but what has the DOE done in response? Nothing! There is no funding or plan for a school in Downtown Brooklyn and now development in the area has pushed the overcrowding ...

The Future School Overcrowding Problem is Already Here…at P.S. 8!

Last week, we attended a meeting held by the P.S. 8 PTA to address the current and growing overcrowding problem at the school, located in Brooklyn Heights. Since becoming a magnet school in 2004, it has increased in popularity among families in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn.  However the school is currently at 142% capacity, and ...

Is Your Child Entering Kindergarten or Pre-K Next Year? School Tour Time!

Is Your Child Entering Kindergarten or Pre-K Next Year? School Tour Time!
If your child was born in 2010 and enrolling in kindergarten next year (or 2011 going into pre-K next year), now is the time to start looking at schools.  Many public schools are starting to offer tours and open houses in advance of the opening of the January application process  Charter schools and some private schools are also ...

A Small Victory…But Too Little, Too Late?

A Small Victory...But Too Little, Too Late?
THE GOOD NEWS: After 6 months of waiting for the DeBlasio administration to create and pass the new NYC budget, we are happy to report that as part of the DOE’s next 5-year capital plan, 2 new elementary schools have been approved and funded for the sub-districts that include Downtown Brooklyn! Thanks in part to our group’s efforts, the city will now ...