- What is the largest point of entry in the lower school?
- What are the birthday requirements for children entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade?
- Do most children at the Berkeley Carroll School come from the Park Slope neighborhood?
- Does Berkeley Carroll provide school bus transportation?
- What are the arrival and dismissal procedures for children in the Lower School?
- Is there a lunch program in the Lower School? Where do children eat lunch?
- Are children assigned homework in the Lower School?
- How do parents communicate with their child's teacher?
- Does Berkeley Carroll offer aftercare or have an afterschool program?
- Are there opportunities for parents to become involved in the school?
Berkeley Carroll attracts families from many neighborhoods in Brooklyn as well as families from downtown Manhattan. While many of the students in the Lower School live within walking distance of Berkeley Carroll, there are also children who arrive each day by carpool, school bus, and public transportation.
Berkeley Carroll works with a bus company to provide transportation to families in all school divisions based on the distance they live from the school. Bus routes are determined each year and families are notified before the start of school of pick-up and drop-off times. Teachers at the Lower School take children off their bus each morning and bring them to their bus in the afternoon.
Children in Pre-K and Kindergarten are walked to their classrooms each morning by their parents/caregivers and are dismissed back to their parents/caregivers at the classroom door. Children in 1st-4th grade can walk to their classrooms by themselves in the morning or be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. At dismissal, each 1st-4th grade class is dismissed by a teacher from an assigned location in front of the school to a parent/caregiver.
Children receive homework in the Lower School based on their grade level, beginning in 1st grade. Homework varies from twice a week for 1st graders to daily assignments for 4th grade. Teachers offer guidance in the beginning of each school year to help parents understand the homework their children will receive and how they can best assist in making homework a successful experience for their child.
Parents at Berkeley Carroll can communicate with their child's teacher by phone, email, note, or appointment. Morning arrival and afternoon dismissal provide opportunities for regular contact and parent-teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year. Parents are encouraged to share information about their child with teachers and teachers send regular communications home to parents in order to keep them informed of classroom activities. Progress reports are emailed home at the end of each semester.
The Lower School offers both early morning and afternoon programs. The earlybird program is available from 7:30 to 8:30am and aftercare and afternoon playgroups are offered from 3:15 to 6:15pm. Both programs offer flexible childcare arrangements for Berkeley Carroll parents. In addition, afterschool enrichment programs provide opportunities for children to explore and learn new skills.