From the moment students enter our elementary school, they know they belong. A team of teachers, occupational and language therapists, counselors and administrators help students discover their strengths, ignite their intellectual curiosity, and nurture their passions. On any given day, students ages five through eleven can be found solving math problems on a SMART Board, building electrical circuits in science, reading a biography of Jackie Robinson, singing in harmony, or creating clay animals.
The elementary school building at 20 Bergen Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn features spacious, light-filled classrooms equipped with resources, including interactive and assistive technologies, to support students with a wide range of learning needs.
Class sizes are small. A head teacher and assistant teacher use language modifications and a multi-sensory, hands-on approach to teaching. Students become comfortable making the transition from their classroom to small group instruction for reading and math, where they are grouped according to their abilities and learning styles. Students also attend classes in expressive writing, handwriting, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education.
As students advance through the elementary school, they acquire a growing sense of themselves as learners and develop skills to manage their time, organize their school supplies, complete long-term assignments, and handle more complex social interactions. Our oldest students are prepared to transition to our middle school or to a mainstream school if appropriate. We celebrate every student’s individual achievements.
We are a kind, respectful, and caring community. Students gather regularly for activities with other classes, and they especially enjoy all-school gatherings with their buddy classes in the middle or upper schools.
As a Quaker school, the entire elementary school sits together for Silent Meeting twice a week to reflect on a query and express their thoughts if they so choose. Students are enthusiastic participants in community service projects and school-wide drives and fundraisers for service organizations. They develop an awareness of the larger world and recognize that they can make a contribution.