29 Jan School in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards to Serve 616 Junior High Students Only
A hotly anticipated 616-seat school set to open in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards complex will serve junior high students, city schools boss Carmen Fariña said Thursday.
The announcement ended months of speculation and public discussion over what grades the school would serve when it opens in September 2018.
City education officials had originally planned to dedicate the 70,000-square-foot school within a 26-story tower at 664 Pacific St. to serving a mix of elementary and middle school kids.
But after strong public opposition to the plan to include elementary school grades, Fariña said it will be a traditional junior high, serving grades 6-8.
“This will be a stand-alone middle school,” said Fariña, who declined to provide any other details about the project.
The schools chancellor’s announcement was met with praise from elected officials and advocates who had pushed for a middle school in the area’s school District 13, which is perceived to suffer from a lack of schools serving junior high kids.
“Today is a victory for students, parents, and community members,” Public Advocate Letitia James said. “We are pleased that the DOE responded.”