M.S. 571

80 Underhill Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11238

Our Insights

What’s Special

A small new school with an enthusiastic young staff.

The Downside

No science lab, not enough technology or audio visual equipment, and few other extras.

MS School 571, a tiny middle school located in the PS 9 building in Prospect Heights, closed in 2013 just eight years after it opened as the Upper Bergen school. The Department of Education marked it for closure in 2010 because of its poor performance. MS 571 had three principals in eight years and despite the efforts of its last principal, Santosha Troutman, to invigorate the curriculum with a math coach, computer lab, science lab and library, the school failed to improve. Community members expressed concerns about inconsistent school policies, student safety, and low attendance. The second floor space occupied by MS 571 now houses  a charter middle school, Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School. (Judy Baum, July 2013)

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Contact & Location


Prospect Heights (District 13)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to Bergen St; B Line, Q Line to 7th Ave; C Line, G Line to Clinton-Washington Aves
Buses: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B65, B67, B69


Santosha Troutman

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