College Prep in a Supportive Learning Environment
Circles Advisory Program
Student Circles of 10-15 students and one teacher meet weekly for 40 minutes to build community and support social-emotional learning. Topics range from global issues to managing feelings to goal setting. Circles is a program that grew out of a collaboration with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. Circles focus on community building, social/emotional learning and student voice. Student circle leaders also participate in 3-5 sessions with a staff developer from the Morningside Center. Circles provide a space to develope caring relationships between teachers and students, a place where students are encouraged to voice their opinions, and additional time to learn from each other.
Daily Physical Education
Our Physical Education class provides movement, health, sport, and play—all important aspects of social/emotional development as well as academic development. Read More >>
Summer Bridge is a great way to kick off the year at your new school, meet your teachers, and make new friends! See you there! Read More >>
Collaborative Problem Solving or CPS is a method for working with our students who are having difficulty meeting our academic or behavioral expectations. The goals of CPS are to preemptively solve specific problems in school, help build students’ social, emotional, thinking and problem solving skills and to build helping relationships between staff and students. CPS is a type of guidance intervention, an alternative or companion to more traditional disciplinary measures. Read More >>
Sixth - Ninth Grade Counselor: Andres Ortega
Tenth - Eleventh Grade Counselor: Alissa Lembo
College Counselor and Twelfth : Zandra Cuevas
Ms Cuevas is our full-time dedicated college counselor. She meets weekly in small groups with every Senior and every Junior, and is a member of the Senior grade team. College readiness and awareness are embedded throughout the school. The list of colleges and universities our students attend continues to grow. Stop by the College Office any time and check out the College Acceptance Board in the hall! Read More >>
Academic Support for Students
The Peer Enabled Restructured Classroom (PERC) and Teaching Assistant Scholars (TAS)
In collaboration with a team from Hunter College, we initiated Peer Enabled Restructured Classrooms (PERC) in three subjects: Integrated Algebra, Living Environment and Chemistry. Read More >>
Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT): Approximately half of our classrooms are staffed by two teachers who work together in their classrooms and with individual students.
Morning Office Hours: All faculty are available to meet with students between 8:27-8:52 AM, Tuesday - Friday.
Saturday Middle School Academy: All Middle School students are invited to attend this program which takes place over five Saturdays in March and April. No need to register - just show up! This a great way for Middle School students to develop comfort with the approaching State tests in a relaxed atmosphere and without taking away from learning time in the classroom. Students will be in ELA and Math classes from 10-12 and then in the gym from 12-1. Bagels and juice will be provided. Please send your kids!
Student Government's Peer Tutoring Program
Academic Partner Programs
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is one of the world’s premier providers of professional development in the teaching of reading and writing. Our work with literacy begins with a commitment to structuring schools so that students have time in class to read and write. Students work as professional authors do, cycling through the stages of the writing process and receiving feedback that is essential to growth; and they write, too, as a tool for learning across the curriculum.
Urban Memory Project (UMP) and The PSC Brooklyn History Class:
2015 marked the 10th anniversary of UMP’s partnership with PSC.
Trying to meet everyone’s needs for a livable city is a daunting task and each day thousands of professionals from the mayor, to environmentalists, to urban planners, to local activists dedicate themselves to figuring out how to make the city work and grow. As students in the Brooklyn History course we will be challenging ourselves with the same issues, and addressing them through three lenses: New York City’s history, its communities and their development, and our private New York’s intersections to the larger, more public one. Read More >>
Atlantic Theater Company and Staging Success: Atlantic Theater Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic also serves about 3,500 students in 35 New York City public schools through its student matinee series and in-school residency program Staging Success. Read More >>
Students and teachers at a conference session
Teaching Assistant Scholars
collaborate on an assignment
Brooklyn History class convenes at
The Community Bookstore
The 2014 Staging Success performance at PSC
Photo by Ahron R. Foster