FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What differentiates PS 705 from other public elementary schools?
There are four areas that make our school unique. First, the foundation of our curriculum is based on an Inquiry-Based Approach to learning (in which students are taught to collect and analyze information that they use to draw empowering conclusions). Closely related is an emphasis on the Habits of Minds, or social skills, that lead to academic success and personal growth such as persistence, listening with empathy, asking meaningful questions, gathering data, creative thinking, working interdependently, managing impulsivity, and more. Secondly, our instruction is organized around a Global Studies Curriculum focusing on five key regions of the world (North America, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe). Third is our Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Beginning in Pre-K, every child is exposed to a range of arts and enrichment classes (including visual arts, dance, music, fencing, and more). Finally, we have a Dual Language (Spanish/English) track starting in Pre-K.

What is the Pre-K admissions process? And how many Pre-K spots are there for the 2016-2017 school year?
Families can apply online for Pre-K through the New York Department of Education, or at one of their Borough Enrollment offices. Families rank schools on their applications, and the DOE decides who is offered a seat based on a number of criteria. More info can be found online at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/default.htm. PS 705 has 54 Pre-K spots (3 classrooms of 18 children each). Unfortunately, at this time our Pre-K is full for the 2016-2017 school year.

What is the Kindergarten admissions process? And how many K classrooms will there be in the 2016-2017 school year?
In 2016-2017, PS 705 will have 75 seats (3 Kindergarten classrooms of 25 children each). Unfortunately, at this time our Kindergarten is full for the 2016-2017 school year. However, we will continue to keep wait-listed families in mind for round two of offer letters, should vacancies remain after initial registration. Families with offer letters can register from 9:00-10:30 AM on Monday-Wednesday and 3:30-5:00 PM on Thursday and Friday. Please bring the offer letter and all necessary registration documents.

How are students admitted into the Dual Language program?
Our Dual Language (Spanish/English) track begins in Pre-K, with one DL class per grade. Our goal is to have half of each class be composed of English-language learners (ELL) who speak Spanish at home, while the other half be native English speakers. Admission into a Dual Language class will be determined by the DOE based on its enrollment priorities. For example, a zoned student who selected Dual Language will get a seat before a non-zoned applicant.

What if my child has an Individualized Education Program?
An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) describes the special education services designed to meet the specific educational needs of a student with a disability. PS 705 can accommodate a wide range of IEPs. Currently we offer OT (occupational therapy), PT (physical therapy), speech therapy, and counseling on-site. Additionally, we have self-contained and Integrated Co-Teaching classrooms to support all grades. Please contact our staff at (718) 230-0851 for more information.

What after school programs are available at PS 705?
There are four aftercare options affiliated with Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School: Friends of Crown Heights, a free aftercare program on-site for families who qualify. Space is very limited. Applications can be picked up at Friends of Crown Heights, 671 Prospect Place (between Franklin and Bedford). For more information, please call (718) 638-8686 to speak with the program director, Mr. O. A second option is Kids Orbit, which currently operates an aftercare program at nearby PS 9. For more information, please visit kidsorbit.com. A third option is offered by Wingspan Arts. This is an arts-focused aftercare program operated on-site at PS 705 during the school year. A fourth option is Trailblazers centered on urban environmental issues and community environmental projects.

For program overview, rates, and registration information, please see our After School Programs page.

What is the uniform policy at PS 705?
To create an egalitarian atmosphere, we ask that students follow a dress code. Bottoms: Students are to wear khaki pants, shorts, skirts, or skorts. These can be purchased at any retailer. Please no dresses or jumpers that cover the embroidered logo on polo shirts.  Shoes: Black shoes (dress or athletic). Tights, if worn, should be gray or beige. Tops: Students wear heather gray polo shirts (long-sleeve or short-sleeve) and gray sweaters, all embroidered with our school logo. They can be ordered online at www.cookieskids.com. On the Cookies website you can find our school by searching by State and City, then entering in the first six letters of our school’s name (Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School). You may also order online at www.idealuniform.com. Please place orders before July 31st.

For more insight, read this blog post from a PS 705 parent on their experience with our school uniforms.

How many schools are co-located in the building?
PS 705 currently shares the facility at 443 St. Marks Avenue with Exceed Charter School. The schools share the gym, auditorium, playgrounds, library, science lab, and other communal space, but have different start/dismissal times.

When does the school day start and end?
A full school day begins at 8:10 AM and ends at 2:30 PM. Students in grade 2-4 who are required to stay for the Extended Day period will be dismissed at 3:20 PM.

How do I arrange school bus service for my child?
School bus service is available to students based on a set of criteria established by the NYC Department of Education, distance being one of them. To request school bus service, please email the school at brooklynartselementary@gmail.com to have your child’s name added to the request list.

For more information on these topics and more, please consult our School Handbook (download). Also visit our For Parents/Communication section to download more helpful handouts.