Brooklyn private independent school


What is the largest point of entry in the lower school?

Pre-K 4 is the biggest point of entry to Lower School. We add two classes on to the grade level, and typically have somewhere between 35 and 40 spaces. Kindergarten is the next largest point of entry, and we usually have somewhere between 12 and 15 spaces.

What are the birthday requirements for children entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade?

Children entering Pre-K 3 must be 3.0 years of age by September 1.
Children entering Pre-K 4 must be 4.0 years of age by September 1.
Children entering Kindergarten must be 5.0 years of age by September 1.
Children entering 1st grade must be 6.0 years of age by September 1.

Do most children at the Berkeley Carroll School come from the Park Slope neighborhood?

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.

Does Berkeley Carroll provide school bus 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.

What are the arrival and dismissal procedures for children in the Lower School?

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.

Is there a lunch program in the Lower School? Where do children eat lunch?

Children in the Lower School bring their lunch from home and eat in their classroom with their classmates. Parents pack both food and a beverage.

A mid-morning snack is provided by the school to all Lower School children.

The Lower School is a peanut-, tree nut- and sesame-aware school.

Are children assigned homework in the Lower School?

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.

How do parents communicate with their child's teacher?

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.

Does Berkeley Carroll offer aftercare or have an afterschool program?

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.

Are there opportunities for parents to become involved in the school?

Berkeley Carroll encourages parents to become involved in their child's school life. Opportunities for parent involvement are created through the Parent Association, community service activities, field trips, and other events.