Our Approach

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 and current research on best practices in teaching and learning without the interference of government agencies, commercial interests, or superficial trends.

We explicitly teach skills that build emotional and social intelligence which help students create healthy and constructive relationships in and outside of school.

We provide students the freedom and responsibility to pursue their interests through open ended projects, course selections and student-initiated clubs.

We emphasize innovation, creativity and practical application over acquiring rote knowledge that can be easily accessed on any digital device.

We build social responsibility through school-wide, student selected community service initiatives and projects.

We offer a full array of arts programs including ceramics, woodworking, graphic design, theater arts, music composition, band, chorus and studio art.

We value all athletes and celebrate team spirit and positive role-modeling in our championship athletic program.

Emotional and Social Intelligence

Students are taught to value each individual and celebrate and explore the different abilities and perspectives of our diverse community. We explicitly teach skills that build emotional and social intelligence which help students create healthy and satisfying relationships in and outside of school.

Since 2011 Bay Ridge Prep has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to implement their integrated social/emotional intelligence approach called RULER. Studies show that children with greater emotional awareness have more satisfying relationships, better focus, healthier habits, increased creativity, and perform better on academic tasks. By using tools such as a classroom charter, mood meter, meta-moment, and conflict blueprint teachers help children to recognize their emotions and the emotions of others, understand the causes and consequences of emotions, label and express these emotions effectively, and regulate them to create more compassionate and confident citizens.

Our Outstanding Faculty

Passionate about their areas of expertise and devoted to each individual student, our faculty and staff come from diverse and impressive backgrounds.  Approximately 95% of our teachers hold advanced degrees and our entire staff is committed to creating a positive and meaningful experience for each student.

College Placement & Scholarships

Whether it's a small liberal arts college, the Ivy Leagues, studying on a different continent or at a big state university, our alumni are everywhere. The most recent graduating class was awarded over $7 million in merit scholarship to institutions in the United States and abroad. College acceptances over the last five years incude Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Goucher College, Grinnell College, New York University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Delaware, University of Edinburgh, Villanova University and so many more. 

Our Exceptional Courses

We emphasize innovation, creativity and practical application over acquiring rote knowledge that can be easily accessed on any digital device. Upper School students have 25 advanced and elective math, science and social science courses available to them. As soon as Middle School, students can partiipate in the Hybrid Learning Consortium, a group of globally connected independent schools that offer blended and online courses to prepare students for distance learning, which is increasingly utilized in college and beyond.

Vibrant Performing & Visual Arts

Eight full time faculty members are devoted to an enriching K-12 arts program offering a wide variety of classes and extra-curricular activities in both visual and performing arts. Lower School students will experience 12 year-long art and music courses over six years. Middle and Upper School students have an impressive array of arts electives available each year including chamber music, dance, ceramics, wood working, graphic design, theater, music composition, jazz ensemble, band, chorus, studio art, and stage/set design.

Championship Athletics

Home to 11 championships in just 7 years, the Bay Ridge Prep Tigers are a source of great pride for our entire school community. But more importantly, student-athletes at Bay RIdge Prep are real leaders, serving as role models in the classroom and in the community through service projects. Win or lose, the Tigers are known for their sportsmanship, determination and community-minded spirit. Athletic teams include baseball, softball, basketball, golf, volleyball, squash, tennis, cross country, track & field, fencing and soccer.