Beginning with Children (BwC) is a small network of Brooklyn charter schools with a big purpose: to provide rich educational environments that nurture students’ intellect and ambitions and connect learning to the world beyond the classroom.
Our schools put the needs of the whole student first, transcending the academic rigor of the classroom and nurturing the development of children from their formative years through college.
Our schools provide personalized education for each student, addressing weaknesses and reinforcing strengths through individualized instruction, dynamic curriculum, ongoing assessment, and parental / community engagement.
Our students graduate with the knowledge, leadership skills and commitment to give back to their communities.
Beginning with Children Charter School 2 (BwCCS 2) is a nurturing community that fosters a love of learning and the development of character for students in grades K-8. Our students achieve academic excellence and are prepared to succeed in top performing high schools and colleges. BwCCS 2 students develop and use G.R.I.T. (Good Judgment, Resilience, Integrity, and Teamwork) for personal and community improvement.
BwCCS 2 opened its doors in September 2012. BwCCS 2 provides more options for families in Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, currently serving grades K-8.
215 Heyward Street Brooklyn, NY 11206
11 Bartlett Street Brooklyn, NY 11206
Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS), serving grades Pre-K through 8, is a supportive community that nurtures the talent of the future leaders of tomorrow. Our rigorous academic program teaches students to creatively solve complex problems and explore and develop their own special talents through learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Our graduates are well-rounded, engaged students who recognize the importance of perseverance, collaboration and teamwork. We are a school whose intent is to create a learning environment that will give our students the tools that they need to reach their goals and have successful, rich lives. We firmly believe that our core values, Respect, Excellence, Attentiveness, Critical Thinking, and Heart (R.E.A.C.H.) help us to create a school culture that builds strong character and promotes fairness and equality.
We hope that all members of our community apply these values, not only their school lives, but also to their lives outside of school. We respect that living by these values is an ongoing challenge, and we pledge to support one another to meet these high standards.
BwC, with local parents in Fort Greene, launched CPCS in 2000.
CPCS consisted of grades K-5 from 2000 until 2010 and then in 2010 expanded to include grades 6-8. We graduated our first group of 8th graders in 2013. Today CPCS co-locates in 2 buildings. Grades Pre-K through 4 are housed in P.S. 270 and grades 5 through 8 are in P.S. 256.
241 Emerson Place Brooklyn, NY 11216*
*For maps, use 400 Dekalb Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216
114 Kosciusko Street Brooklyn, NY 11216
Located in Downtown Brooklyn
BwC students participate in more than 200 field trips and out-of-the-classroom learning experiences every year!
All of our students have access to daily, free afterschool programming, including courses such as culinary arts, yoga, homework help, robotics, double-dutch and chess.
100% of our students have access to the BwC Legacy Network that provides free services and resources to support high school, college, and academic success, and career exploration and preparation
Wednesday, December 8th
The second of our speaker series features Sonia Ortiz-Gulardo, founding principal of Beginning with Children and a life-long educator. We’ll hear about her journey with BwC, from its early days to now, as she reflects on her remarkable experience as a leader in education over the last 30 years.