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 ...

Is Atlantic Yards the Answer?

Is Atlantic Yards the Answer?
In our opinion, no! According to a couple of recent reports, the DOE sounds like they are looking to the Atlantic Yards project next to Barclay’s Center as the location of a new District 13 school now budgeted under the next 5-year capital plan.  It would be included in the base of one of the new ...

The Battle for Pre-K…Time to Apply for 2014-15

For anyone with a child born in 2010 or later, the current battle to expand public pre-K should be of special interest. Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo both have plans for expanding all-day free public pre-K. How this is funded and implemented is being worked out right now as the state outlines their next ...

New STEM Magnet School (preK-5) Nearby…Check it Out! 3

New STEM Magnet School (preK-5) Nearby…Check it Out!
We just toured a great little public school near Downtown Brooklyn that is getting ready for the big time. P.S. 307 (located between DUMBO and Downtown) is the recent recipient of a federal Magnet grant that will bring with it millions of dollars of additional funding and will transform the school into the science and technology-themed Magnet ...

Was Your Child Born in ’09? Time To Think About Kindergarten

Was Your Child Born in '09? Time To Think About Kindergarten
If your child is enrolling in kindergarten 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 (which for the first time will be online.) Charter schools and some private schools are also ...

HUGE NEWS – We’re #1! Read All About It… 1

Last Monday we made a presentation to the Community Board 2 Executive Committee at their annual meeting to decide budget priorities for the 2014/15 fiscal year. They submit a list of priorities to the city of what the most important things in their district are to fund in the city budget.  Turns out we were ...

Levin Lends his Support to the Cause

Levin Lends his Support to the Cause
In advance of the Brooklyn Community Board 2 Executive Committee meeting, Levin sent in a letter of support for a new school in Downtown Brooklyn. Among the reasons he cited were the impending overcrowding in the existing schools due to the population boom, the need to create a sense of community in a new neighborhood, ...

We Made the Papers!

The Brooklyn Eagle has written a detailed article about the building boom in Downtown Brooklyn and the need for a school. Read the article: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/downtown-construction-wave-resumes-bringing-new-residential-units-13000-needing-schools

This Report Confirms It: We Need New Schools In Downtown Brooklyn 1

This Report Confirms It: We Need New Schools In Downtown Brooklyn
We recently published our numbers online showing that an estimated 2,636 children more children will be living in DoBro by 2018 and likely to attend public elementary schools. As of last year there were fewer than 400 available seats in the existing zoned schools. Now another report prepared for the Brooklyn Community Board 2 and recently released confirms ...