Brooklyn Charter School

Website: http://brooklyncharter.org
District: CSD 14
Authorizer: NYC Chancellor
Description:  
The Brooklyn Charter School (BCS) is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The School began operation in September 2000 with grades K through 1. Each year the School expanded to include an additional grade until it reached grades K through 5. The educational program is comprised of a constructivist mathematics curriculum (TERC); project-based social studies; Balanced Literacy; supplemental skills-based math (McGraw Hill Mathematics); advisory groups (Harambee, a Swahili word meaning “Community Gathering.”); and assessment-driven instruction. Teachers develop individual instruction plans that include behavioral contracts, adapted learning structures and parent communication structures.  BCS integrates the arts program (music, visual arts, and dance) with literacy and math to reinforce skills.