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K280, also known as the Pre-K Center at the Bishop Ford School Site (15K863), is PS10’s Universal Pre-K program led by Principal Laura Scott and her dedicated staff of administrators and teachers trained in meeting the needs of our community’s newest students! The program focuses on creating a caring, diverse and inquisitive first-school environment for District 15 four-year-olds.
The program’s emphasis on inquiry-based learning allows for daily explorations of art, science, literature, movement and music in a fun and age appropriate setting. Parents are regularly invited to participate in classroom and school wide activities and are encouraged to help build community and raise funds for enrichment activities via the K280 PTA, a standing committee of the PS10 PTA, a registered 501(c)3 charity.
Please follow the links below for more information on K280, scheduling tours and participating in scheduled activities and fundraisers.
At the K280 School of Journeys, we adhere to an inquiry-based philosophy. According to Lilian Katz, inquiry is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. Inquiry is a research effort deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic posed either by the children, or by the teacher based on observations of student curiosities or “wonderings”. Ultimately, the aim of inquiry is to learn more about the topic rather than focusing on finding the “right” answers. An important feature of the inquiry approach is that children ask questions that guide the investigation and make decisions about the activities to be undertaken. We are also inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
We believe that the classroom environment is the child’s “second teacher”. Therefore, the physical environment is set up to look as welcoming as possible. Furniture and materials are well-maintained and organized so as to support independence.
Materials are placed in locations accessible to children and are labeled with pictures and words so as to promote independence, literacy and order. Teachers rotate materials in their learning centers to promote curiosity and engagement. Whenever possible, materials in learning centers should support students’ inquiry work and/or research topics. In all learning centers, materials are to be used in an open-ended, process-oriented manner. There is no right or wrong way to use art materials, blocks, table toys, science and sensory materials, or dramatic play props.
At K280 School of Journeys, we consider the neighborhood surrounding our school to be the students’ “second classroom”. Classes will partake in journeys, at a minimum of three times per week, throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to share their observations and express their “wonderings” during these outings. We encourage our students to bring journey notebooks to document their discoveries. These observations often lead the way to inquiry topics that can be further researched in the classroom and on additional journeys.
Laura Scott, Principal
Gary Nusser, Assistant Principal
Gary Wong, Assistant Principal
Robert Grant, Assistant Principal
Barrett Brathwaite, Assistant Principal
Sandra Fajgier, Program Coordinator
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Gaylene Menelas, Parent Coordinator
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Visit the NYC DOE site for enrollment information
K-280 School of Journeys
Bishop Ford School Site
500 19th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215