Small class size and an extended day/extended year program
(operating from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 190 school days per year)
positively contribute to the development of a cohesive and
We believe that a rigorous academic program combined with a
supportive social-emotional curriculum leads to scholar success.
BCSC's academic program reflects the practices that are associated
with high-performing urban schools: more time on task;
standards-based instruction; research-based curricula; regular
assessments; nightly homework; and horizon-broadening enrichment
More Time on Task: BCSC scholars spend approximately
20% more time in school than other NYC public school
• The school day is from 8:00 am-4:00 pm,
allowing for increased time on task for scholar learning.
Standards-Based Instruction: BCSC uses the Common
Core to ensure high quality instruction.
• Grade - level teams and support team members
collaborate regularly to map BCSC's curriculum, benchmark it
against standards, and drive instructional decision-making in a
rigorous, meaningful way.
Research-Based Curricula: BCSC adopts
resources that have proven success with similar populations of
Nightly Homework: Regular homework is
essential to mastering content and developing strong study
• Scholars receive developmentally appropriate
homework on a nightly basis to reinforce skills and develop study
• Homework is checked on a daily basis and
families are kept apprised of scholar success through phone calls
and written logs.
Continuous Assessment: Regular analysis of
and reflection on scholar progress is central to BCSC's culture and
to achieving our mission.
• An Assessment Coordinator leads assessment
implementation and data collection efforts to ensure data-drive
• All scholars will take four interim
assessments in Reading, Writing and Math each year to gauge
progress towards grade-level standards;
• Scholar- and class- specific plans are created
following analysis of Interim data;
• All scholars take the Terra Nova (Complete
Battery for Grades K-2, Common Core for Grades3-5). This both
complies with our Charter Accountability Goals, and gives the
school an end-of-year snapshot of scholar mastery of grade-level
• Scholars in grades 3-5 participate in the NYS
English Language Arts and Mathematics exams;
• Scholars in grade 4 participate in the NYS
Science written and Performance exams;
• English Language Learners (ELL) in grades K-5
are required to take the NYSESLAT exam. This is the only exam that
determines whether or not a scholar can test out of the ELL
• All incoming Kindergarten scholars whose home
language is not English are required to take the Lab-R to determine
if they will receive ESL services;
• Scholars' reading fluency and comprehension
levels are consistently monitored with DIBELS and TRC;
• Scholar's foundational math skills are
monitored using mClass math
Targeted Intervention: BCSC provides a
program of intensive academic support for scholars who enter school
significantly below grade level.
• A Director of Scholar Support Services works
to ensure that the needs of each scholar performing below level are
addressed. In addition to ensuring that all ELL and Sped scholars
receive their mandated services.
• An ELA Coach works to ensure fluidity in
literacy instruction as well as targeted intervention in the area
• Two and one half ESL teachers work to provide
mandated ESL instruction.
• Kindergarten classroom teachers are supported
by Resident Teachers (one per class) to ensure individual attention
for scholars performing at all level.
• Integrated Co-Teaching pairs general education
teachers and learning specialists to provide increased
instructional intensity for scholars in grades 1-5.
Enrichment: Our enrichment program ensures
that scholars enjoy a variety of specials activities which
contribute to scholar success both inside and outside of the
• Full-time art, technology and physical
education instructors ensure that scholars have exposure to the
arts and healthy lifestyles.
• A full-time science teacher ensures that
scholars have lab experiences in addition to the literacy-based
science instruction they receive from classroom teachers.