Brilla Veritas Elementary Charter School

Grades: K-4
600 E 156th Street
Bronx NY 10455
Phone: 347-273-8439

Our Insights

What’s Special

A mix of computer time and teacher-led small groups

The Downside

Too soon to say

Founded in 2017, Brilla Veritas Elementary opened in 2017 with kindergarten classes and is expanding by one grade each year until it serves students through 4th grade. The school will be located at 600 East 156th as of fall 2020 and will feed into its own middle school, which is projected to open in 2022.

Brilla—meaning “shine” in Spanish—offers a longer school day and a mix of computer-based and teacher-led instruction for reading and math. Classes have two teachers in every room to allow for one-on-one and small group instruction. The day ends at 3:45 pm, Monday-Thursday, and at 1:15 pm Friday, the school website shows. Students are required to wear a tucked in polo shirt and pants or a jumper.

The school highlights its educational approach on the Brilla website. A focus on character education centers around four virtues: courage, justice, wisdom and self-control. One feature of the academic program is a non-fiction studies block, bringing science and social studies to life through non-fiction books and articles, in addition to hands-on activities and labs. 

The Brilla network plans to open two more elementary schools starting with kindergarten classes in August 2020: Brilla Caritas and Brilla Pax. Both will be located at 2336 Andrews Avenue. Brilla publishes a newsletter called The Perch with articles about school happenings. 

ADMISSIONS: By Lottery. See the school website for more information.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2020)



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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?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)


Zoranlly Castillo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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