In August of 2020, Brilla Pax Elementary School opened in the Bronx community of University Heights to three Kindergarten classrooms. As of August 2021, the school serves grades K-1 and will grow one grade each year until reaching full capacity of 450 students, Kindergarten – 4th grade, in 2024. It will then feed into its own middle school.
Brilla Public Charter Schools believe that a joyful culture, built upon positive relationships and strong character, is essential to student outcomes. With this in mind, Brilla Pax Elementary School will intentionally weave a social, emotional and character development program throughout the school day and week. Students will celebrate accomplishments, share news, review and set goals, and learn about Brilla’s character virtues. Throughout the day, students will have opportunities, from specials classes to cross-curricular activities, to demonstrate these virtues and interact with peers in a positive, supportive environment.
Brilla Pax Elementary will use rigorous, evidence-based curricula, and best practices from charter schools across the country that are aligned to the Common Core Standards. Through a classical approach, scholars will be exposed to a range of rich content, and authentic texts, which fosters a strong, academic foundation. Brilla Pax Elementary will also utilize a blended learning and co-teaching model, which allows for targeted, small group instruction in the core content areas.