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About Community Partnership Charter School

CPCS LOWER SCHOOL (GRADES PreK–5)

Address: 241 Emerson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 399-3824
Email: info@cpcsschool.org
Website: www.cpcsschool.org

MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5–8)

Address: 114 Kosciuszko St., Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: (718) 636-3904
Email: info@cpcsschool.org
Website: www.cpcsschool.org

Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS) is a supportive community that nurtures the talents of future leaders in grades PreK–8.

Our rigorous academic program teaches students to creatively solve complex problems and explore and develop their own special talents through learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Our graduates are well-rounded, engaged students who recognize the importance of perseverance, collaboration and teamwork.

CPCS co-locates in 2 buildings. Grades PreK–4 are housed in P.S. 270 (modal map link) and grades 5-8 are in P.S. 256. (modal map link)
OUR HISTORY

CPCS was launched in 2000 by BwC and local parents in Fort Greene. CPCS started as a K–5 school and expanded in 2010 to include grades 6–8. Our first group of 8th graders graduated in 2013. CPCS started serving Pre-K students in 2015.


The CPCS Difference

  • Small Class Sizes
    CPCS has a max of 25 students per class, and there are two teachers in every classroom for grades PreK–4.
  • Community Partnership Learning Labs
    At CPCS, learning expands beyond the classroom. Students in all grades explore the city through field labs at a growing variety of NYC institutions, including:
    • Battery Urban Farm
    • NY Philharmonic
    • MOMA
    • Queens County Farm
    • Brooklyn Museum
    • NY Transit Museum
  • Enrichment Activities for all Students
    We believe in a well-rounded education, where students should have an opportunity to develop their special talents. That's why we offer all our students an extensive enrichment component to their curriculum, which includes visual art, music, and physical education, as well as technology instruction for our lower school students.
  • Tutoring & Academic Interventions
    CPCS has an extensive Response to Intervention (RTI) program that addresses students’ needs based on quarterly assessments.
  • Special Education Services
    CPCS welcomes all learners and offers services to students who demonstrate academic difficulties as a result of a disability. Collaborative Team-Taught (CTT or ICT) classes are found at almost every grade level. CPCS provides services for Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Counseling, and Physical Therapy.
  • After-School Programs
    Our free after-school programs offer a wealth of educational, engaging and self-motivating activities, so every student has the opportunity to be exposed to something that inspires them.

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Guiding Principles

At Community Partnership the principles that guide our instructional practices and our educational decisions are built upon our mission and reflect our commitment to our students, families, and community.

  • Rigorous Instruction
    We utilize assessment-driven instruction to inform curricular decisions and set high expectations for student learning. Students develop the capacity to analyze content that is complex and personally challenging through a balance of direct and inquiry-based methods. As a result our students know and exceed grade level standards.
  • Differentiated Instruction
    CPCS values and celebrates all learners. Teachers use a variety of ongoing assessments to understand their students. Teachers modify their instructional strategies to meet their specific learning needs so that students can reach their full potential. Through this we maximize student growth to ensure that they exceed grade level standards.
  • Learning as a Process
    Instructional activities are geared toward helping students internalize the processes of writing, social and scientific inquiry, mathematical thinking and reading for meaning. How students learn is as important as what they learn. Students develop an understanding of themselves as learners as evidenced by asking clarifying questions, setting goals, developing plans, and reflecting on their learning.
  • Culturally/Politically Relevant Instruction
    Our curriculum empowers students because it is relevant to their social and cultural lives. Classroom learning engages students in their community and builds on its strengths and needs, so that students can become social actors both locally and globally.
  • Educating the Whole Child
    CPCS offers an expansive core curriculum that includes the arts, physical education, and technology along with science, social studies, ELA and math. We provide multiple opportunities for students to express themselves as individuals. CPCS ensures a rich social and emotional environment that encourages a lifelong love of learning. Students exhibit productive and engaged joyful learning.
  • Developing Teacher Leaders
    At CPCS, we know that excellent teachers are lifelong learners. We have a variety of structures and opportunities for teachers to develop their craft. Teachers are classroom and community leaders and are encouraged to participate in essential planning and decision-making throughout the school. Through this teachers continuously grow professionally to improve instruction and model lifelong learning for students.
  • Families as Partners
    Building strong relationships with families is an essential commitment at CPCS. Families are a source of knowledge and expertise that we value and incorporate in every level of decision making. We take time to know families and are responsive to their needs. As a result, families have a sense of efficacy for their children and agency at the school.
  • Community Partnerships
    CPCS maintains collaborations with a number of community partners in order to enhance and extend learning for students. These partnerships offer opportunities for learning inside the classroom and community at large. As a result, students gain an appreciation for learning beyond the classroom and develop an understanding of the richness of community and their own agency within it.

Core Values

Respect Excellence Attentiveness Critical Thinking Heart

REACH is an acronym for our CPCS Core Values. Here at CPCS, we are constantly striving to reach our full potential. We are a school whose intent is to create a learning environment that will give our students the tools that they need to reach their goals and have successful, rich lives. We firmly believe that these values help us to create a school culture that builds strong character and promotes fairness and equality. We hope that all members of our community apply these values, not only their school lives, but also to their lives outside of school. We respect that living by these values is an ongoing challenge, and we pledge to support one another to meet these high standards.

  • Respect
    Respectful students treat others the way that they want to be treated. They listen carefully while others are speaking, giving them eye contact to show respect, always understanding that they can learn something from the person speaking. Respectful people recognize differences in language, ability and culture as gifts that we can learn from. Knowing this, they never intentionally ridicule, embarrass, or hurt other people.
  • Excellence
    Students striving for excellence always try their best. They are willing to take risks, yet able to ask for help when they need it. Excellent students always think about ways to improve in order to excel. They recognize their strengths and work to learn from their mistakes, doing their work completely, on time and with care.
  • Attentiveness
    Attentive students show that they are attentive by keeping their eyes on the speaker. They pay attention to time and use it wisely. Attentive students stay focused, not only when it comes to their academic lives, but also in their social lives, always being aware of the feelings of others.
  • Critical Thinking
    A critical thinker always remembers that one can never stop reflecting and considering ideas and challenges from all angles and perspectives. A critical thinker thinks about both the problem AND solutions, weighing the PROS and the CONS and is fascinated by the learning process.
  • Heart
    Students with heart see themselves as active, caring members of the community. They think about the feelings of others and look for ways to show appreciation for everyone and everything around them. They put their heart into everything that they do; they do it with enthusiasm. They have the passion to be agents of change.

Academics

CPCS is dedicated to providing its students with a rigorous academic curriculum that is experiential and addresses the learning process as well as the mastering of specific skills and content knowledge. The CPCS curriculum emphasizes a mastery of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Music, movement, physical education, technology and art are also integral parts of the school's program. Basic skills are linked to analytical thinking and creative problem-solving through hands-on learning and real-world experiences. The instruction is centered on curricular materials that are relevant to students' lives and the community.

  • Reading, Writing & the Language Arts
    CPCS employs a balanced approach to literacy using a workshop approach with authentic literature, highlighting social studies themes in reading. Students develop particular skills while working in small groups for guided reading and phonics instruction. In addition, students study vocabulary and practice their reading skills through read-alouds.
    Writing is taught through a writer's workshop model, which focuses on both the writing process and the written product. Each month, students study a specific genre of writing such as fiction, memoir, narrative, or biography. Students write, revise and edit their work constantly. In the process, they learn about punctuation, grammar and mechanics. At the end of each writing cycle, teachers host a Writer's Celebration for friends and families during which students share a selected, final "published" work.
  • Mathematics
    Math concepts are taught using a variety of methods. Teachers use Math in Focus: Singapore Math as the core material for exploratory instruction. They use manipulatives to help students make concrete connections with concepts that are taught. Students collect, sort, classify, graph, measure, predict, and interpret statistical information. In addition to pencil and paper drills, students work on projects that further their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Science
    Science also is taught as an experimental process, in which students learn to observe, infer, and experiment. Students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills. Students learn to describe objects and events, ask questions, and construct and test their own explanations against current scientific knowledge. They also are taught to identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations.
  • Social Studies
    The social studies curriculum is based on social, cultural and historical issues. Students focus on their own life experiences in kindergarten. As they progress through grades, they study their community, starting with Brooklyn, move on to communities around the world, and progress to the history of New York City and New York State and the world.
  • Art
    The visual arts program at CPCS teaches students to approach art making as another language with which to record their experiences and develop their expressive skills. The arts are integrated into other core subjects of the curriculum and classroom themes throughout the year.
  • Physical Education
    The physical education curriculum focuses not only on the development of basic physical skills but also on nutrition, body awareness and safety in order to develop life-long physical fitness skills and healthy lifestyles.
  • Music
    Students learn to appreciate various musical forms and develop an understanding of how the rules and structure in music mirror those of language and mathematics.

ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

Throughout the school day teachers assess students and develop teaching plans to support the individual needs of each student. In addition to this on-going, in-class support CPCS provides additional opportunities to address the needs of all learners.

  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
    A system by which students are grouped based on their academic ability to receive targeted, small group instruction in one or more subjects throughout the year at CPCS. Students are taught by their classroom teacher or, in some cases, by another staff member. In all cases, the students' progress is monitored to ensure they are benefiting from the instruction.
  • Special Needs at CPCS
    CPCS welcomes all learners and offers services to students who demonstrate academic difficulties as a result of a disability. Students are evaluated and deemed in need of services by the New York City Committee on Special Education receive an IEP which details the services entitled to that child. Services currently offered at CPCS are counseling, special education teacher support services and integrated co-teaching. CPCS partners with the Department of Education and approved service agencies to provide Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

After-School Programs

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Lower School
Middle School

Our free after-school program runs Monday-Thursday 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Each day of after school includes an enrichment activity, homework time, and free snack. Enrichment activities are taught by our specialist teachers, community partners, and classroom teachers. Examples of the activities offered include:

  • Yoga & Creative Movement with Hosh Yoga
  • Chess with Chess in the Schools
  • Kinder Creative Play & Social Groups
  • Physical Education
  • Capoeira
  • Music
  • Art
The middle school after-school program supports our goal of educating the whole student by providing a variety of educational and creative offerings. The newly reformed CPCS after-school program is an experience like no other. With over 20 educational, engaging and self-motivating activities to choose from, every scholar has the opportunity to be exposed to something new and fulfilling. The after school experience offers several High School open houses as well as local and out of state College tours throughout the school year to introduce higher learning and offers a wide range of opportunity for success.