Beacon's new home...eventually

This has been in the wind for years. Beacon is a very popular HS on the upper west side that takes kids from all over the city. They have been cramped into a building on W. 61 St. for years. School officials plan to move Beacon to new construction on the north side of W. 43rd St. that is currently used by the NY Public Library for document storage. It will be a 3 year long construction project. The new home for the school will expand capacity to 1400 students.

world class learning

I got the call to come to the east village and check out World Class Learning Academy (WCL). It was an easy trip to the old La Salle High School building on East 2nd St. which has gotten a spiffy renovation to accommodate this for profit nursery through 5th grade program (eventually growing to 12th grade). The WCL Group has been operating schools in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston and Washington on the British model for many years.

They are using the IPC International Curriculum, which is an inquiry and integrated theme based model, and they explain it compellingly with examples of student work from the other WCL schools. Although there are currently no children enrolled in the classrooms, you will get a feel on a tour that it will be a welcoming environment, and they have a strong track record and staff with a lot of experience in their other schools. The facilities have large classrooms, beautiful light, a roof top playground and several indoor play spaces.

They will be opening the school with Nursery through Year 5; ("Nursery" ages 3/4, half or full day), Prek ("Reception" ages 4/5) and Kindergarten ("Year 1" ages 5/6). They will be following the ISAGGNY dates. Click for information or call 212-600-2010.

the blue school

I love to report on new opportunities! The Blue School is not technically in Brooklyn, but with a brand new, permanent location (for 2011) at 241 Water St. they might as well be (access to many subway lines!). They are moving into a beautiful large new space that will accommodate them with classes for two year olds through 3rd grade next year. "The six-story building will comfortably allow the Blue School to grow through 5th grade over the next three years with multiple class sections and generous common spaces."

Applications and deadlines for the 2011-2012 academic year will be extended to December 15, 2010 to accommodate new families. For more details or contact Jeni Ardizzone-West, Executive Director at

why millenium didn't take brooklyn kids last year

Lisa Bowstead of Big Fish Tutoring (tons of great services, check her out) wrote this clear and accurate explanation of what happened with Brooklyn kids applying to Millennium last year on PSP and allowed me to reprint it here. If you are sad that it seems to be an opportunity that is no longer open to Brooklyn kids because of the vagarities of the number of applicants, I would make your feelings known to the people below.
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Frank McCourt HS open house

Frank McCourt High School will be holding an open house next Monday, April 19 at 6:30 at the Brandeis building, 145 West 84th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus. This will be a good opportunity for supplementary round applicants who are still “on the fence” to find out more and ask questions. According to a note from the principal, the school is 1/3 full after the main application round — which means they still have some 75 seats or so to fill. All applicants will beinterviewed.If you hear of other upcoming high school open houses please post.
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