In the fall of 2013, Brilla College Prep proudly opened its doors and welcomed our 203 students in Kindergarten and First Grade. The school grew one grade level per year before reaching full capacity in Fall 2016. In Fall 2017, Brilla College Prep Middle School opened, and currently serves grades 5-8. Additionally in the fall of 2017, Brilla's second elementary school, Brilla Veritas, opened. Brilla Veritas Elementary will grow by one grade level each year before serving grades K-4. In the Fall of 2022, Brilla Veritas Middle School will open and will likewise grow by one grade level a year before serving grades 5-8. Brilla College Prep and Brilla Veritas are located in the Bronx community of Mott Haven.
In August 2020, we opened two new Brilla Schools: Brilla Pax and Brilla Caritas in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Each school will open with 90 kindergarteners and will add one grade level per year before serving grades K-4 in 2024. In Fall 2025, Brilla Pax Middle and Brilla Caritas Middle Schools will open and will grow by one grade level per year before serving grades 5-8 in 2028.
Brilla Public Charter Schools, K-8 Schools in the classical tradition, help students to grow intellectually, socially, and physically into young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond.
Our Core Virtues
Brilla means “shine” in Spanish and speaks to the beacon of hope and opportunity we are working to build in the communities we serve. Brilla Public Charter Schools seek to educate students to lead lives of excellence, virtue and purpose. We do this by leveraging the best instructional practices of model charter schools – a longer school day and year, utilizing technology-based blended learning to deliver individualized instruction, intensively supporting and coaching teachers—and combining this with a robust character education program, centered around our core virtues of courage, justice, wisdom and self-control.
How We Will Do It
We will develop the whole child by implementing a classroom-based blended learning model that delivers both differentiated instruction and a well-rounded liberal arts education. Through data-driven instruction and strategic partnerships, we will prepare our students to excel in high school, college, and beyond. Students will conclude Brilla Public Charter School’s 8th grade equipped with the confidence, intellectual curiosity, analytical abilities, and habits that lead them to pose meaningful questions of themselves and of others, and also equipped with the virtues and conviction to be leaders in creating a just society.
Our greatest asset, our teachers, will achieve our mission with the resources and support to customize and coordinate adaptive computer-based and teacher-led instruction. Through a unique co-teaching model, we will continue honing our craft and relentlessly focus on enhancing effective educational strategies.
We will foster a robust school culture, in which character development is uniquely integrated across all content areas. Students will develop and practice courage, sound judgment, responsibility, and self-mastery. As our name suggests, Brilla scholars will shine as beacons of hope both within and beyond our school walls.