Challenging math, science, humanities, and arts classes
•Weekly one-on-one academic coaching for every student
•Comprehensive advisory and social-emotional support
•Challenging common-core aligned curriculum
•Academic intervention and acceleration
•Music, dance and theater classes
•College Access for All
•Comprehensive after school programming and vacation camps with the SASF Champions program
In our school community we believe that the following values are what help us prepare students for the challenges of high school, college, and beyond:
Apprenticeship: We believe students learn best when given opportunity to learn like readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, and artists. We ensure that every learning experience is in services of students developing academic habits and mindsets that they will use throughout their educational careers.
Empathy: We believe that empathy is the conscious decision to understand other people’s feelings and points of view. We believe that empathy allows us to use these understandings to inform our interactions with all members of our community. We believe empathetic students are able to learn from a variety of people, and are developing the interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in the world.
Resilience: We believe that resilience is the ability for students to face challenges, accept defeats, and continue to try and try again. Middle school presents students with both academic and social challenges, we want our students to develop the resilience to manage these challenges, learn from their mistakes, and believe that they are capable of achieving their dreams.
Choice: We believe that every day students make choices to engage in the challenges of school wok and to decide who they want to be in the world. We believe our students need opportunities to reflect on their decisions, learn from their mistakes, and develop strategies so that they are able to make smart choices in their academic and social lives.
WHO WE SERVE
•SOF Brooklyn is a choice middle school in Brooklyn’s District 19.
•We are able to prioritize students who attend information sessions or schedule a tour or meeting.
•You can contact us through your school’s guidance counselor, our website, on Facebook, or by phone at (718) 345-5190
Robert L. Burnside, Principal
Mr. Burnside has been working as a passionate educator in the New York City and Westchester Public School systems within the past 18 years. Mr. Burnside earned his Bachelor’s Degree from CCNY and immediately pursued his Masters in Elementary teaching from Bank Street College. Several years later, his work came to the attention of Mount Vernon’s Superintendent, who encouraged Mr. Burnside to attend the Principal’s Institute at Bank Street College. There, Mr. Burnside’s skills were enhanced in the areas of Organizational and Instructional Leadership and Balanced Literacy instruction. Within 20 months, Mr. Burnside acquired his second Masters from Bank Street College ahead of schedule. His experiences led him to study Educational Philosophy and the Restructuring of Schools, to ensure the push for improvements in teacher instruction, curriculum alignment and the social and emotional development of children and adults.
In December 2005, Mr. Burnside was appointed by the New Rochelle School Board to serve as both Principal of their Night School Program and Director of Continuing Education Program. He served in both roles with excellence. In addition, the work in the Night School Program increased the High School’s graduation rate by almost ten percent. Mr. Burnside oversaw the monitoring of professional development and certified all job classifications, salaries and positions with the Business Office. There he worked closely with administrators, principals, teachers and parents of constituent districts relative to program announcement, curriculum design, administrative functions, instructional materials, and the evaluation of educational programs throughout Westchester County.
Since then, Mr. Burnside has served as Principal of Amityville Union Free School District Alternative Program. There, his impact was felt immediately; daily attendance improved, suspensions decreased by 50%, Regents Diplomas were granted to all graduating seniors and the number of students graduating increased. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the Alternative School lost its funding and the program closed.
Mr. Burnside has served as a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. During his tenure in the Greenburgh Central Seven School District, Mr. Burnside spearheaded the creation of an individual charter with the intentions of developing and inspiring other educators. Mr. Burnside was noted for establishing personnel procedures and staff recruitment for the English, Social Studies and the Athletic Departments. He is also a tone-setter for school culture (rituals and routines) and creates environments of high expectations and accountability.
Within the last 3 years, Mr. Burnside has served as assistant Principal at Frederick Douglass Academy VII Middle School where he has demonstrated the ability to enhance the academic and social-emotional culture. He has spearheaded the implementation of a Professional Learning Community to enhance instructional best practices that led to a 9.5 % increase on the 2016 and 2017 ELA exam. Developed a year-long Professional Development Plan for the Integrated Co- teachers by modifying their instructional practices with the utilization of the four ICT models to support student success.
Mr. Burnside is a dedicated and resourceful administrator with focused leadership and a commitment to educational excellence.
School of the Future Brooklyn is built upon the educational tradition established at School of the Future in Manhattan. Since 1990, School of the Future has given students from across the city opportunity to participate in learning experiences that focus on real-world problems and solutions. As out mentor school, we will partner to create a similar academic environment, but one that best meets the needs of our middle school students. Just as our mentor school, we believe that all students must learn the essential skills and content to prepare them for high school and beyond, but also become reflective and resilient community members by working alone, with partners and in groups. At School of the Future Brooklyn we believe that students achieve academically when they are in an environment that supports their emotional growth. In our advisory program we focus on the four pillars that we believe make successful students: Depth of Thought, Contribution to the Community, Work Habits, and Resilience. We also believe that students learn best when they have strong relationships with the adults in their community, therefore each of our students will work one on one with an academic coach to develop the habits of scholarship that will make them successful students in middle school, high school, and beyond.