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The Brooklyn Green School

Grades: 6-8
130 Rochester Ave
Brooklyn NY 11213
Phone: 718-574-2834

Our Insights

What’s Special

Environmental theme and family atmosphere

The Downside

Too soon to say

A promising new middle school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Green School offers an engaging curriculum with a focus on the environment; a cozy, family-like atmosphere; and a chance to go on lots of class trips.

“We really believe that students need to get out of the building,” said Principal Marcella Carr-Gay, who founded the school in 2018. Students grow vegetables in a garden nearby. They traveled to Manhattan to take part in a march to protest government inaction on climate change. Students take overnight trips to Albany and Washington, and plans are in the works for international travel.

The administration values students’ voice, and responds to their requests when possible. For example, students said they wanted a weightlifting class, and the school was able to provide it. “Our students drive a lot of the decision-making,” said Carr-Gay, called “Ms. Marcella” by the students.

Students seemed happy and focused in the classes we visited, and teachers seem to do a good job offering support to children who need it while challenging strong students. Class size is fairly small, and many classes have more than one teacher. Students read a combination of classic literature, such as Greek myths, and new fiction, such as The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The school has an unusual number of male staffers, and the administration strives to ensure that each student has at least one adult they can count on. “Every student has an adult who is like a family member,” said the principal, who previously taught at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem.

The school shares a building with PS 335, which Carr-Gay attended as a child. In its first year, many of the students from Brooklyn Green School came from PS 335.

ADMISSIONS: The school has frequent tours, usually on Friday. It is open to students from across Brooklyn. (Clara Hemphill, November 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

How do students perform academically?

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
41
Asian
0%
Black
85%
Hispanic
12%
White
0%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
39%
English language learners
2%

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: A Line, C Line to Utica Ave
Buses: B15,B25,B26,B43,B46,B46-SBS,B52,B65

Contact

Principal
Marcella Carr

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods.
Metal detectors?
No

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