The battle over creating school space in Cobble Hill is heating up. While the city Department of Education is proposing placing the Success Academy Charter Cobble Hill at 284 Baltic, next to Cobble Hill Cinemas, a new proposal is getting floated by education advocates to put a kindergarten and preschool in the building.
The building currently houses three schools: the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and the School for International Studies (both grades 6 to 12), and a District 75 program for kids with severe mental and other disabilities. The Brooklyn School for Global Studies was recently on a list of the worst-performing schools in the state but brought it’s grade up to a B last year under a federal improvement program.
Meanwhile, the city Department of Education has proposed to place the Success Charter Academy-Cobble Hill, a K to 4th Grade, in the school. The Success Charters are high-performing, academically-rigorous schools that have gained fame in Harlem, but also operate on the Upper West Side and elsewhere.
New York Times had a piece about the competing proposals, in which it was written that school crowding here is prompting the plans: “In proposing to open a charter school in Cobble Hill, Education Department officials have cited the same rationale. New families are flooding in to District 15; neighborhood parks are beginning to resemble playpens, and the most coveted elementary schools are becoming crowded. P.S. 261 Philip Livingston school, P.S. 58 The Carroll school, and P.S. 146 were all over-enrolled last school year.”