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Welcome to our new students!

Hello!  If you recently received notification that you have been offered a seat at our school (for Grade 6 or 9), welcome!  We are very excited for you to join Brooklyn Collaborative Studies (15K448)!

We hope you have had a great year so far!  The next few years will be a wonderful time of growth for you, leading you on a successful path to college and career.  You will be joining a community of learners with many documented achievements.

We plan to have our Middle School Welcome Orientation on Thurs June 13 at 3:30pm and our High School Welcome Orientation on Wed June 5 at 3:30pm in our cafeteria.  Please save the date.

**If you are declining your offer (moving, attending a private/charter/specialized school, etc.), please decline officially in MySchools as soon as possible so that we can offer your seat to another child on our waitlist.  Also, please email to let us know since MySchools may have a time delay in updating.  Best wishes to you!

^^Are your classmates interested in joining you at Brooklyn Collaborative?  Please ask them to discuss with their family and add their names to our waitlist in MySchools!

Did you know:

  • Brooklyn Collaborative is a diverse community where we celebrate our differences and similarities.  Our current demographics are 26% White, 29% Black, 37% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 5% Other.  We welcome you into our community to learn in a school with many students from all backgrounds from all over Brooklyn.
  • Brooklyn Collaborative engages in regular fieldwork outside the building.  Eight times a year, our students participate in Expeditionary Thursdays (ETs).  ETs are day-long fieldwork sessions where the regular schedule is suspended and you go outside the school building to pair experiences in the city with classroom learning. 
  • Brooklyn Collaborative prioritizes academics and character development.  We believe that social-emotional learning is an important part of academic achievement. At BCS, we support students in achieving our six core values: kindness, open mindedness, responsibility, persistence, courage and collaboration.
  • Brooklyn Collaborative is active on our website and our Instagram.  We encourage students, families, and community members to regularly check our site at and to follow us on Instagram (TheCollaborativeChronicle) to learn about what’s going on in our school.  You’re part of our crew now!
  • Brooklyn Collaborative is a college-preparatory secondary school serving Grades 6-12 – we are a middle school and a high school.  Our annual College March celebrates that 100% of our high school seniors are accepted to college every year, and our work supporting college access and success for all students is recognized by the DOE Office of Postsecondary Readiness.  Students who have graduated from Brooklyn Collaborative are attending: Bard College, Barnard College, Brandeis University, Cornell University, New York University, Skidmore College, and nearly every SUNY and CUNY school.  
  • Brooklyn Collaborative students complete a mandatory internship as a graduation requirement.  In 11th grade, students are assigned to a one-semester internship.  Since the start of our internship program in 2009, more than 1000+ BCS juniors have worked in over 100 businesses, non-profits and government agencies around the city.  Throughout Grades 6-12, we have lessons and activities focused on career exploration.
  • Brooklyn Collaborative prioritizes academics and character development.  All students have a full schedule including ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, PE, and Crew.  Each semester you also have a selective class like World Arts, etc.  We use a competency-based grading system and you will be graded on your academic work and your Habits of a Graduate.  All students and parents have access to Jumprope, an online attendance and grading system.
  • Brooklyn Collaborative has a New York State-approved Regents waiver – we expect all students in Grades 6-12 to meet rigorous standards to demonstrate college and career readiness.  Students at BCS take only the ELA Regents as a graduation requirement.  In all other subjects, in lieu of the Regents, BCS students complete Mastery Passage PBATs, or Performance-Based Assessment Tasks, which are seven- to ten-page analytical papers researched, developed and revised under the supervision of a faculty mentor and publicly defended before a panel of faculty, peers, and visiting experts.  PBATs offer students the opportunity to produce sophisticated, high-level work typically expected in a college course.  Students work on this type of writing in Grade 9 and slowly build each year towards their Mastery Passages in Grades 11 and 12. PBATs are one of many forms of authentic assessment we use to assess student learning.  Read more about the schools with Regents waivers at
  • Brooklyn Collaborative is a Future Ready Education Pathway School (partnered with SUNY Old Westbury) – our students take coursework in high school that builds towards an education credential upon graduation.  Students at BCS high school take electives and take high school / college coursework that prepares them for a possible pathway in education careers, thereby expanding career options in high demand fields.  Did you know that the median salary of a teacher in NYC is close to $90K?
  • Brooklyn Collaborative is an NYC Outward Bound school – our students participate positively in our Crew advisory structure and in our Outward Bound experiences.  Every student at BCS is placed in a Crew which you stay with from Grade 6-8 or Grade 9-12.  Each semester starts with Crew days to help you orient to the year and meet new friends.  Students in Crew learn to be agents of self-change, to take responsibility for their learning, and to develop supportive relationships with adults and peers.  Crew includes circles, field work, service, academic advising, preparing for student-led conferences, and team building activities. In Grade 7 and 10, our crews go on Crew Expedition Camping which is a fantastic overnight bonding experience with your Crew.

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Principal Scill Chan ( – text 646-483-8644)
  • Assistant Principal Imani Matthews ( – text 646-457-0743)
  • Parent Coordinator Tracey Pinkard ( – text 347-563-5337)