The only all-boys tuition-free
elementary school serving the
Capital Region.

A Principal's Welcome

Dear Families, Supporters, and Community,

PrincipalWelcome back! As I begin my second year serving you as the Principal of Brighter Choice Elementary for Boys, I am motivated and energized to get back into doing the work that would make you proud to stand up and say, “My scholar attends one of the BEST charter schools in the Capitol Region!”

There is much to celebrate from the 2013-2014 school’s academic year. Our parent survey results showed that our families were very pleased with the education and overall attention and care that we provided to their scholars. Ninety-three percent of our families agreed that we provide adequate support to both them and their scholars. Families also reported that the school has high expectations for their scholars both behaviorally and academically and that the school did a great job keeping them informed about their scholars’ progress and what their scholars are learning in the classroom. Here at Brighter Choice we believe in addressing the whole need of our scholars; this includes their academic as well as their emotional needs, therefore we welcome your feedback about how we can become better.

We’re moving into the 2014-2015 school year with a vision of resilience; the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop. Adapting the Common Core Standards comes with changes, and we understand that there is a need to build our capacity to adapt and continually develop our curriculum and classroom practices to accomplish our mission of exemplary instructions, developing scholars’ character, and offering an education beyond the basics. As a result, we’re excited to announce the following as our vision to show resilience:

  • High Impact Professional Development for Educators so that they are able to deliver quality instruction to our scholars.

  • An Engaging Academic Program that will be designed to inspire and motivate learning within our scholars.

  • Integrating studies to connect reading, writing, science, social studies, and, where appropriate, math and specials under thematic units.

  • A Focus on Character Development and Problem Solving Skills where scholars will be engaged in tasks and activities that would allow them to problem solve whether or not actions are appropriate or inappropriate for different situations.

  • Scholars and families benefiting from our strong school partnerships with family service agencies and community organizations that aid with challenging or on-going problematic behaviors. There will be multiple school-wide events to encourage relationship building with families.
Much of this work began in the 2013-2014 school year and as a result our 3rd and 4th grade proficiency averages increased for both math and ELA on the NYS exams. Our fourth graders again proved themselves to be great thinkers and scientist by achieving 100% proficiency on their NYS science exam.

Although excited to celebrate our accomplishments, there is still much work to be done. Results from the 2002 National Assessment of Educational Progress show that in the area of reading and writing, boys are 17 percentage points behind girls in the 4th grade, 21 percentage points in the 8th grade, and a disturbing 25 percentage points behind in 12th grade (U.S Department of Education, 2003). As a result, boys’ attitudes toward school are sometimes more negative than their female counterparts. Being aware of these statistical facts, Brighter Choice has chosen to be reactive and embrace the common core along with our vision of resilience and make the necessary changes needed in school to capitalize and expand on the strengths of our scholars. However, we cannot do this work without your continued support. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the students who did the best in school were the ones who felt connected. We all need to work together and stay connected to accomplish the work that is at hand.

As always, I thank you for choosing to entrust your scholars’ education to us. As a school, we will always strive to honor this decision that you have made. I look forward to the best throughout our school’s year.

Humbly,

Karen Mclean
Principal

Contact Us

116 North Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Ph: (518) 694-8200
Fax: (518) 694-8201
Email: boys@brighterchoice.org

Giving Back Campaign

Brighter Choice for Boys is committed to raising funds each year to benefit the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center in memory of Abdulaziz Fadul and Qazir Sutherland. This year Brighter Choice participated in the Students Care for Kids hearts campaign. Please stay tuned for information on our 2015 campaign. The generosity of our staff, families and community is greatly appreciated.

Why Brighter Choice?

Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys is the only single-gender tuition-free school placing scholars on the road to college. Please contact our Parent Coordinator at 694-5372 to schedule a tour and to learn more about the opportunities being offered for scholars entering grades K-4. Brighter Choice accommodates students with disabilities, English language learners and participates in the free and reduced meals program.