Q & A

1. What grades will Brilla College Prep serve in 2014-15?

Brilla College Prep will welcome 249 students during the 2014-15 enrollment period. We will grow one grade level per year until we reach full capacity in our elementary school (grades K-5).

2. What is the school schedule and calendar?

By choosing to enroll at Brilla College Prep, families and students commit to an extended school day that lasts from 7:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, the school day lasts from 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.. All parents make a commitment to attend Parent University, which meets four times during the school year and focuses on academics, parent workshops, and community building. The school calendar is posted here and adheres to most of the NYC Department of Education calendar, with a mandatory two-week extended school year starting in August.

3. Can I visit the school?

Absolutely. Parents who wish to learn more about our school are welcome to stop by. Please contact info@brillacollegeprep.org if you are interested in learning more about our school. If you are not the parent of a prospective scholar, please contact us to learn more about the school’s visitation policy.

4. How old do you have to be to attend Kindergarten?

Children must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.

5. Do the students wear uniforms to school?

Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms at Brilla College Prep. Parents will receive more information on the uniform specifications but the basic uniform will consist of a polo shirt, which must be tucked in at all times, pants in a specified color/pattern (or jumpers for the ladies if they choose), and black shoes.

6. How many students are in each class?

Each class will have between 25-30 students with two teachers in every room. This teacher to student ratio – less than 1:14 – allows for small group and individualized instruction.

7. What is this I hear about Blended Learning?

Every classroom has 15 laptop computers, which students will use for at least 30 minutes during Math and English instruction. The digital programs provide targeted lessons for each student’s particular level and allow teachers to work with smaller groups. Students rotate among the stations every 30 minutes.

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8. Do you take ELL (English Language Learner) or Special Education?


9. Do you have a free breakfast and lunch program?

Yes. Eligible students will receive free or reduced breakfast, lunch – similar to the meal programs in other schools students may have enrolled in. At the beginning of the school year, all families will receive the application to determine the student’s eligibility for the free or reduced rate.

10. Will Brilla College Prep provide transportation for my child to get to school?

As with any public school in New York City, Brilla College Prep will provide eligible students with a 1/2 free or full fare Metrocard depending on how far they live from the school (as determined by the Office of Pupil Transportation). Brilla College Prep does not provide yellow school bus service to or from school. 


About the Lottery Process


1. Do I have to apply to get into Brilla College Prep?

Brilla College Prep Charter School is a public charter school open to all New York students. Students who apply are given preference based on whether they have a sibling attending the school and if they reside in School District 7. The only information needed to enter the Brilla College Prep lottery is the student’s name and contact information. No test scores, grades, recommendation or behavior history will be taken into consideration. 

2. How can I enroll?

Click here to enroll online or print out an application.

3. How does the lottery work? Do I have to attend the lottery? How will I find out if my student was selected?

If the number of families interested in attending Brilla exceeds the number of students we can serve, then we will conduct a lottery in April. An independent officiant will oversee the electronic lottery process. Open slots will be filled in the following order:

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students (a sibling is defined as a brother, sister, or other child legally under the same parent/guardian's care and residing in the same household)
  • Applicants residing in NYC School District 7 
  • Applicants residing outside of NYC School District 7 

Families do not need to be present at the lottery. Students will be contacted by phone in the order they were drawn until all open slots are filled. Admission notification letters will be mailed to all applicants immediately upon lottery selection.

4. If my student is selected from the lottery, when do we have to let the school know our decision?

Families must inform the school of their enrollment acceptance decision by April 26 of the lottery year. Any families that do not confirm their acceptance will forfeit their child’s spot to the next individual on the waiting list.

5. Can I enroll in the lottery more than once?

No. Each child may only enter the lottery once for any given school year. Any duplicate applications will be removed prior to the lottery.

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