Historically and geographically, Brownstone Brooklyn begins here.
Fri Oct 24 2008
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15 Snyder Avenue. Grades K--8.
What's special: Small class size; long school day.
Downside:Some families might not want summer schooling.
Two years after Explore Charter School opened its doors in a converted church in downtown Brooklyn, it lost 65 percent of its students when a leasing problem forced a relocation to Flatbush. The move, disruptive at the time, has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, said the founding director, Morton Ballen, because Explore "is now a neighborhood school ... and there's a high need in this neighborhood for a good school." Fifty percent of students come from the local school district, and all of the students live in Brooklyn. The school, which opened in 2002 with kindergarten through 3rd grade, has been adding a grade each year and will go through 8th grade beginning in the fall of 2007. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
209 York Street. Grades K--5.
What's special: More arts introduced into the building.
Downside: High teacher turn-over; needy student population could benefit from more resources and extra help.
The visual arts are becoming increasingly important at PS 307. The art room, with paint-spattered tee-shirts hanging from hooks, is full of interesting material, much of it relating to what students are learning in social studies and math: colorful strips of kente cloth reflected students' study of geometric shapes; papier mache plates and patterns were made during a study of South Africa. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
37 Hicks Street. Grades K--6.
What's special: A dynamo principal and able staff developer are invigorating the school.
Downside: School still has a way to go, particularly in the upper grades.
PS 32 is a small school with an unusual emphasis on integrating children who have disabilities including high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with children who don't. Focused and energetic, the faculty offers a personal touch in very small classes, and the stimulating curriculum is supported by an abundance of amenities. Read the full review from Insideschools.org