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 ...

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 ...

Dear Developers, Please Build a New Elementary School in Downtown Brooklyn!

The Department of Education is a constantly cash-strapped agency, so an increasingly popular method for the DOE to get schools built in fast-growing neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn is to have big developers (like you) build a school (or at least the shell of the school) as part of your new residential developments in exchange for ...

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!

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 ...

Downtown Brooklyn: The Big Story for 2014

The population boom in Downtown Brooklyn and the need for a new school made many headlines last year including DNA Info, Brownstoner, The Brooklyn Eagle, and the New York Times. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the issue is the #3 story to watch in 2014! Now that people are finally paying attention, hopefully 2014 will ...

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…

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 ...