Q & A
1. What grades do Brilla Charter Schools serve?
Brilla Charter Schools is a network of three schools: two elementary schools serving grades K-4, and one middle school with grades 5-8. Brilla College Prep Elementary School has reached full capacity, serving 450 students. Brilla College Prep Middle School and Brilla Veritas Elementary School will welcome their first cohort of scholars during the 2017-2018 enrollment period, and will grow one grade level per year until they reach full capacity with grades K-4 and 5-8 respectively.
2. What is the school schedule and calendar?
By choosing to enroll at Brilla College Prep, families and students commit to an extended school day and an extended school year. All parents make a commitment to attend Parent University, which meets four times during the school year and focuses on academics, parent workshops, and community building. Each school’s calendar is posted here and adheres to most of the NYC Department of Education calendar, with the exception of a mandatory, two-week extended school year starting in August.
3. Can I visit the school?
Absolutely! Parents who wish to learn more about our school are welcome to stop by the main office of any Brilla Charter School during business hours. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about Brilla Charter Schools.
4. How old do you have to be to attend Kindergarten?
Children must be 5 years of age by December 31st of the calendar year to enroll in Kindergarten for a given school year.
5. Do the students wear uniforms to school?
Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms at all Brilla Charter Schools. Parents receive information on the uniform specifications of their child’s, but the basic uniform consists of a polo shirt, which must be tucked in at all times, pants in a specified color/pattern (or jumpers for the ladies if they choose), and black shoes.
6. How many students are in each class?
Each class has between 25-30 students with two teachers in each room. This teacher to student ratio, combined with Brilla’s blended learning model, allows for small group and individualized instruction.
7. What is this I hear about Blended Learning?
Every classroom has 15 laptop computers, which students will use for at least 30 minutes during Math and Reading instruction. The digital programs are adaptive, and provide targeted lessons for each student’s particular level. The programs also allow teachers to work with smaller groups.
8. Do you take ELLs (English Language Learners) or students who receive Special Education services?
Yes. Brilla Charter Schools’ Student Services Departments oversee all ELL and Special Education support. For Special Education services, Brilla provides some services internally, and also works with outside agencies to contract providers for additional services at Brilla.
9. Do you have a free breakfast and lunch program?
Yes. Eligible students will receive free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch. At the beginning of the school year, all families will receive the application to determine the student’s eligibility for the free or reduced rate.
10. Will Brilla College Prep provide transportation for my child to get to school?
As with any public school in New York City, Brilla College Prep will provide eligible students with a 1/2 free or full fare Metrocard depending on how far they live from the school (as determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation). Brilla College Prep does not provide yellow school bus service to or from school.
About the Lottery Process
1. Do I have to apply to get into Brilla College Prep?
Brilla College Prep Charter School is a public charter school open to all New York students. Students who apply are given preference based on whether they have a sibling attending the school and if they reside in School District 7. The only information needed to enter the Brilla College Prep lottery is the student’s name and contact information. No test scores, grades, recommendation, or behavior history will be taken into consideration.
2. How can I enroll?
Click here to enroll online or print out an application.
3. How does the lottery work? Do I have to attend the lottery? How will I find out if my student was selected?
If the number of families interested in attending Brilla exceeds the number of students we can serve, then we will conduct a lottery in April. An independent officiant will oversee the electronic lottery process. Open slots will be filled in the following order:
- Siblings of currently enrolled students (a sibling is defined as a brother, sister, or other child legally under the same parent/guardian's care and residing in the same household)
- Applicants residing in NYC School District 7
- Applicants residing outside of NYC School District 7
Families do not need to be present at the lottery. Students will be contacted by phone in the order in which they were drawn until all open slots are filled. Admission notification letters will be mailed to all applicants immediately upon lottery selection.
4. If my student is selected from the lottery, how long do we have to let the school know our decision?
Families must inform the school of their enrollment acceptance decision by April 26th of the lottery year. Any families that do not confirm their acceptance will forfeit their child’s spot to the next individual on the waiting list.
5. Can I enroll in the lottery more than once?
No. Each child may only enter the lottery once for any given school year. Any duplicate applications will be removed prior to the lottery. However, applicants that are not selected may apply again in the following lottery year.