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Core Values

  • Take a stand
  • Honor yourself and others
  • Work together
  • Work hard
  • Be reflective

These core values set the foundation for the work that we do every day, and are embedded in our “everyday” interactions. They are a small set of guiding principles that have a profound impact on how everyone in our school strives to think and act. They have intrinsic value and are of significant importance to the staff at Brighter Choice Community School.



The Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program was established as part of the new contract between the UFT, CSA and the DOE. The PROSE program enables schools who have a demonstrated record of effective school leadership, collaboration, and trust to implement innovative practices outside of existing rules.

BCCS is among 160+ schools collaboratively engaged in reflective conversations which surface practices and systems that improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness. These conversations also reveal practices that may need improvement to increase school metrics. 

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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a whole child approach system through which students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to:

  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions

SEL is embedded in our lesson and unit plans, as well as our staffing and professional learning.  We develop tools that assist children with self-awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.


Project-Based Learning

At BCCS we believe in fostering thinkers who do not memorize but engage in deep learning with curiosity and passion.  

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Projects can be wonderful teaching tools. They can allow for a more student-centered environment, where teachers can guide students in their learning instead of using lectures to provide them with information.