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EXPLORATION, IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

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Brooklyn’s Outstanding Public Middle School For more than a decade, Lisa Gioe-Cordi worked as a science teacher and science staff developer in Brooklyn’s District 15, an area that includes Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace and other fast-growing, family-friendly neighborhoods. Eventually, those families needed more middle schools, so then-superintendent Carmen Farina asked Gioe-Cordi [&hellip
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ACADEMICS, WITH A DASH OF KOOKINESS

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Outstanding Private Middle School Bertie Wooster would be right at home at St. Bernard’s, a red brick building on East 98th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues. Founded in 1904 by an Englishman, St. Bernard’s is steeped in idiosyncratic English school traditions. Cozy, but not cloying, academically rigorous, yet filled with fun, the school uses [&hellip
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ACROSS-THE-BOARD TALENT

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Brooklyn’s Rising Star Public  Middle School For the past 10 or 15 years, Park Slope’s M.S. 51, William Alexander, has been known for its outstanding performing arts program. Students in the 6th-through-8th grade school study visual art, photography, instrumental music, chorus, drama, dance or show choir for four periods every week. But since Lenore DiLeo-Berner [&hellip
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MIDDLE SCHOOL U.

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New And Noteworthy Public Middle School In just a year of existence, Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering has changed the landscape of middle schools in northern Manhattan, and created buzz throughout the city and beyond. That’s the advantage of having the heft of an Ivy League school behind you, and a mission [&hellip
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A BIG FAMILY OF NATIONS

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Rising Star Religious Middle School Around the world, Christian virtues transcend the barriers of language and culture. Within the walls of the Blessed Sacrament School, those same Christian values bring together a student body whose roots reach across the globe. “We are special because we are diverse,” explains Imelda Engel, now in her eighth year [&hellip
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BUILDING INDEPENDENT LEARNERS

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Charter Renewals In 2003, the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning held its first classes with just 50 students in the basement of a church. Now, the kindergarten-through-5th grade school has nearly 400 students and much more space: an annex next to P.S. 111. Principal Shubert Jacobs, who has worked at Bronx Better Learning since [&hellip
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A COLLEGE PREP CULTURE

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Charter Renewals At most schools, class names are mundane, usually a no-nonsense series of numbers with a letter or two thrown in. But at Harlem Village Academy Charter School, classes are named after American universities. Students are not a part of class 101 or 503, but Manhattanville, Cornell or Yale. According to Matt Scott, the [&hellip
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A FOUNDATION FOR ACHIEVEMENT

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Charter Renewals The Bedford-Stuyvesant building that houses Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School is state of the art. Every classroom has a computer station and a DVD projector. At home, parents can log on to the school’s website to track their children’s grades or chat with a live operator. Brooklyn Excelsior, which is a member of National [&hellip
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BUILDING OVER BARRIERS

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Charter Renewals Like most areas of New York City, Highbridge, in the Bronx, is a home to a diverse group of immigrant families. Some hail from Mexico and the Caribbean, others from South America and Africa. So it’s no surprise that nearly 40 percent of students at Family Life Academy Charter School, located in Highbridge, [&hellip
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