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
SARAH KAUFMANN, PRINCIPAL
Sarah Kaufmann began her education career in 2006 as a Teach for America corps member. During her Teach for America service Sarah taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at JHS 45 in East Harlem and ran afterschool programs for students in dance and poetry. Sarah also worked with Teach for America to train and mentor new corps members. In 2008 Sarah began working at School of the Future as a sixth grade Humanities teacher. In her 5 years at School of the Future, Sarah served as the sixth grade team leader, Humanities department chair, Instructional team member, IZone 360 coordinator, and implemented a one-on-one academic coaching model. Sarah coached girls’ soccer and softball, as well as worked with the student council.
Want to learn about Sarah’s teaching philosophy? Check out this video she made for Edutopia while she was a teacher at School of the Future in Manhattan:
Sarah grew up in Western Massachusetts, graduating from the Amherst public school system. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and MST from PACE University, and completed her leadership training in affiliation with the NYC DOE and Baruch College.
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.