Brooklyn

The Proposed Temporary Co-Location of Brooklyn City Prep Charter School with Brooklyn Academy High School, Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, and a District 75 Inclusion Program, 75K373@78K575 in School Building K458

** NOTE ** The vote by the Panel for Educational Policy on this proposal, originally scheduled for March 23, 2011, has been postponed second time to June 22, 2011.  The public comment period remains open. **

The New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) is proposing to temporarily co-locate a new high school, Brooklyn City Prep Charter School (“Brooklyn City Prep”), in school building K458 (“K458”), located at 832 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216, within the geographical confines of District 13 (“District 13”).

If this proposal is approved, Brooklyn City Prep would be co-located in building K458 with two existing transfer high schools: Brooklyn Academy High School (13K553) and Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School (13K575), which both serve students aged 16 to 21 who have fallen behind academically and who are more than two years away from graduation. A “co-location” means that two or more school organizations are located in the same building and may share common spaces like auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.

In addition, K458 houses a Living for the Young Family through Education program (“LYFE”), a full-time General Education Development (“GED”) Diploma Plus program and referral center, and a District 75 inclusion program (“75K373@79K575”) that serves students with a range of learning and emotional disabilities at the Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School.  Building K458 also provides space to two Community Based Organizations (“CBOs”), CAMBA and Teen Choice.

On February 5, 2011, the DOE published a proposal in the form of an Educational Impact Statement (“EIS”) describing the temporary co-location of Brooklyn City Prep in K458. We continue to seek feedback on that proposal.

Educational Impact Statement

Read the full description of the proposal here.

Building Utilization Plan

Read the full Building Utilization Plan here.

Sharing Your Concerns and Questions

The DOE is seeking your feedback.

In addition, parents, staff, and other community members may submit questions and comments at any time:

Benjamin Taylor 
(212) 374-0208
HS.Proposals@schools.nyc.gov .

We look forward to working with you!

Joint Public Hearing

Date:         March 10, 2011
Time:        
6:00 p.m.
Location:  
Brooklyn Academy High School / Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory / P373K@79K575 832 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Archive: Read the transcript of the hearing here

Panel for Educational Policy Vote on the Proposal

Date:         June 22, 2011
Time:         6:00 p.m.
Location: P.S. 128 Juniper Valley, 69-10 65th Drive, Queens, NY 11379


For more information, see the PEP website .

Background

The K458 building has adequate capacity to accommodate the temporary co-location of Brooklyn City Prep, the LYFE program, the GED Plus Program, 75K373@79K575 , the two CBOs, and the two existing schools in the building at full operational capacity. In the 2009-2010 school year, building K458 had a target capacity to serve 1,191 students, and the building enrolled 518 students, yielding a target building utilization rate of 43%. In 2010-2011, building K458 has an enrollment of 510 students, yielding a utilization rate of 43% of target capacity. This means that the building is “underutilized” and has space to accommodate additional students.

If this co-location proposal is approved, Brooklyn City Prep would be temporarily co-located in building K458 for two years. Brooklyn City Prep would open during the 2011-2012 school year with a ninth-grade cohort of approximately 125-150 students. Students would be admitted through the charter lottery application process, with priority given to students who reside in District 13.

The school would gradually grow to scale by adding one grade level per academic year until it reaches its full grade span of 9-12 in the 2014-2015 school year, serving approximately 500-600 students. But, Brooklyn City Prep would only be co-located in building K458 until the end of the 2012-2013 school year since the charter school would like to be located in its own space and is therefore in the process of securing a private facility. In June of 2013, the school would be re-sited to its permanent location in District13.

The opening of Brooklyn City Prep is intended to add seats at the high school level in both District 13 and Brooklyn at large. The K458 building would continue to house the Brooklyn Academy High School, Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, the LYFE program, the GED Plus Program, and 75K373@79K575.

About Brooklyn City Prep

The mission of the Brooklyn City Preparatory Charter School is to prepare students for college, careers and their community by providing a high-tech, hands-on secondary school experience. Students will participate in a rigorous academic curriculum aligned to New York State Standards, will complete internships and service learning, and will be offered opportunities to take advanced electives and accumulate college credits while in high school.

Brooklyn City Prep will partner with a not-for-profit organization, City Prep Academies (CPA), which is committed to managing and encouraging the development of quality charter middle & high schools, which serve traditionally underserved communities and student populations. Due to the intense incubation and management of all CPA schools, each school has the opportunity to benefit from exceptional manageent expertise, be financially sustainable and well supported, and focus on quality and results for students.

City Prep Academies’ Four Distinguishing Features are:

o     Blended learning : Blending facilitated on-line and traditional in class instruction as a platform for differentiated instruction and customized learning

o     Project-based learning : Cultivating students’ 21st century skills through experiential project-based learning

o     Internships : Providing opportunities for real world application of skills and knowledge learned in class while exploring possible career options and developing work place readiness

o     Pathways to College and Careers : Increasing college readiness by offering opportunities to visit college campuses, enroll in college classes, accumulate college credit and experience college level success while in high school.

Admissions: All current eighth grade students who will graduate as of June 2011 may apply through the charter lottery process to attend Brooklyn City Prep for ninth grade in the following year. Admissions applications are due on April 1, 2011 by 5:00 p.m. Admissions preference for the 2011-2012 school year would be given to students who reside in District 13.

Additional Key Facts

■  In 2010-2011, building K458 has an enrollment of 510 students, yielding a utilization rate of 43% of target capacity.

  • This means that the building is “underutilized” and has extra space to accommodate additional students.

■  There is adequate capacity in K458 to accommodate Brooklyn Academy High School, Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, 75K373@79K575, the LYFE program, the GED Plus program, both community based organizations, and Brooklyn City Prep during its temporary co-location for two years.

  • In 2012-2013, the final year of this proposed temporary co-location, there will be approximately 755-890 students served in the building, yielding an approximate utilization rate of 75%.
  • By 2013-2014, Brooklyn City Prep will no longer be co-located in K458, and the approximate utilization rate will be 50%.
  • At that time, the DOE will reassess how to maximize the available space in the building. Any proposal to co-locate an additional school in K458 will be outlined in a future Educational Impact Statement.

Brooklyn City Prep will add approximately 500-600 additional seats in District 13.

The DOE is also proposing to open two additional new high schools in Brooklyn during the 2011-2012 school year:

  •   Millennium Brooklyn (15K684) has been proposed to open on the John Jay Campus in building K460, and will enroll approximately 400-450 students in grades 9-12 when it completes its phase-in by 2014-2015.
  • In building K625, where Paul Robeson High School is currently located, the DOE is proposing to phase-in 17K122 which will serve approximately 400-450 students in grades 9-12 when it reaches full scale by 2014-2015.