We recognize that motivation to learn increases when students are confident about their abilities, advocate for their educational pursuits, and identify connections between what they are learning and their own lives.

Our History

Our history is a source of great pride for our community and helps shape our mission and philosophy. The school was founded by a group of committed faculty and parents who shared a student-centered educational vision for the initial 35 students that Bay Ridge Prep welcomed in 1998.  On the eve of the school’s opening, teachers feverishly worked to ready the one-room schoolhouse for its first students, literally painting walls and tiling the floors.  Today, the school enrolls 400 students in two main buildings.

The school's rapid growth deepens our commitment to our original vision. Members of the Bay Ridge Prep community are on a mission to build something larger than themselves. As one visiting educator recently observed, Bay Ridge Prep is "obviously a labor of love."

School Profile

Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is a non-profit, co-educational school located in Brooklyn, New York.

As an independent, K-12 college preparatory day school, Bay Ridge Prep has the freedom to serve students and families guided by our own mission, philosophy, values, and current research on best practices in teaching and learning without the interference of government agencies, commercial interests, or superficial trends.

Two facilities house Bay Ridge Prep.  The Lower and Middle Schools are located at 8101 Ridge Boulevard and our Upper School is located at 7420 Fourth Avenue.

Our neighborhood feels like a small town right in the middle of a big city.  Bay Ridge is just a 15-minute drive or 30-minute subway ride from Lower Manhattan.  

400 students call Bay Ridge Prep home and 30% of our students are from diverse backgrounds.

95% of our teaching faculty hold advanced degrees and all of our teachers are passionate about their subject areas.

An average class size of 15 ensures that students receive the attention they deserve.

Bay Ridge Prep is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.