Poly Prep Country Day School

9216 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

Founded as Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, this school conducted a largely college preparatory program for boys until 1871, when the institution began to award bachelor's degrees. To reflect this change in focus, the school shortened its name to Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1887. Four years later, the college prep division separated from the collegiate division and became a stand-alone school. In 1917, the preparatory division moved to its present, 25-acre campus in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn and received a new charter as Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School. Under the leadership of Joseph Dana Allen, an ardent follower of the country day movement, Poly Prep gained renown as a top school of its kind. The school became coeducational in 1977 and established a lower school serving children in nursery through grade 4 upon acquiring a second campus in Park Slope, on Prospect Park West, in 1995. The school eventually elected to shorten its name to Poly Prep Country Day School. Employing ideas attributed to John Dewey, the lower school program emphasizes exploration, creativity and discovery. The lower school focuses on intellectual and social development, as well as on skill building. Middle and upper schoolers follow a college preparatory curriculum that is conducted in the classical tradition, and Poly Prep implements progressive pedagogical techniques and interdisciplinary learning approaches where appropriate. In the middle school (grades 5-8), a dual language program combines modern language study with Latin instruction. Accelerated math and science offerings commence in grade 7, and the Dyker Heights campus serves as an outdoor classroom for science classes. The upper school curriculum (grades 9-12) includes Advanced Placement courses for qualified students, in addition to various electives, particularly in the English and history disciplines. Pupils may also propose topics for independent study. Ninth graders perform 15 hours of in-school community service, while all boys and girls complete 40 hours of compulsory service at a school-approved agency prior to graduation. The arts are an area of emphasis in all three school divisions. Arts faculty, many of whom are practicing professionals in their fields, provide instruction in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. All students have access to the latest instructional technology; learn to use computers; and may pursue course work in graphic and digital design, photo and video creation, and Internet and database research. Extensive libraries housing books, various reference materials and databases support learning on both campuses.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address9216 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Other Locations50 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn 11215
Year Established1854
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorDavid B. Harman
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment1,014
Day Students1,014
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