Our School's Mission

We intend to help our students prepare for life after high school and to succeed in college.  We believe that our students develop strong decision making skills, good study habits, and a strong sense of what it means to be a respected member of a community.

1065 Elton St, Brooklyn, NY 11239

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Class of 2020 events

As we begin the final preparation for Prom and the 8th grade trip, we want to make sure you have all the information pertaining to students dues and payments. We as a school will continue to fund-raise to help subsidize the budget. All students interested in attending these events are expected to pay in full by February 15th.
Prom: $50.00/ 8th grade trip to the Poconos: $80.00 ** We are only able to accommodate 50 students so this is first come first serve **
Student swag: $15.00 ( sweatpants or sweatshirt- student choice) 

If you need more information please reach out to the school. Your child has received 3 notices about this since October

Parent College Night for Senior Families will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Wednesday, September 30th from 2:00pm-3:00pm.  
Please attend one of these sessions being held in the library.  

Have questions you want answered? Check out our updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to get answers to questions about bell schedules, lockers, dress codes and more!

Advisory lists for the 2015 - 2016 school year are here! Please follow this link to find out which advisory you (or your child) is in and expect to hear from advisors before the school year begins. The spreadsheet is organized by grade, so first choose a the grade level tab at the bottom of the page and names are listed in alphabetical order.

In Other News:
  • Login to Pupilpath to see your grades or your child's grades in real time!  If you need Pupilpath login information contact Raul Lopez at 718.688.7230.  You can also get grades on your smartphone by downloading the free app from the iTunes or Android app stores.

  • Do you have an idea to help improve life at Young Writers? Drop it in our online suggestion box.

  • Do you have questions you want answered?  Check out our growing FAQ page.

The School at a Glance
The Academy for Young Writers was founded by Carolyn Yaffe and opened in the Fall of 2006.  She served as principal from 2006 to 2010, when we graduated our first class.  We're now located in Spring Creek, Brookyln.
We are a part of a small schools movement that began in the late 1980's and early 1990's in New York City.  Our primary goal is create a college preparatory program for our students so that they have as many options after graduating as possible.  To this end, we use writing across all areas of our curriculum as a tool for generating comprehension and retaining knowledge.  While we do celebrate creative writing, our name derives from the belief that all forms of writing help a person to become better educated and more expressive. 

Courtney Winkfield, Principal
Angie Pruitt, Assistant Principal of Instruction
AAden Stern, Assistant Principal of Organization

A New York City Department of Education Empowerment Zone School
An Institute for Student Achievement School

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School Calendar

The Young Writers GSA asked:
What does it mean to love yourself?
What does it mean to love someone else?

Facebook Exhibition Templates. Click the links below to download templates:

9th Globalization Facebook Page- use either of these databases to gather information.  Remember to use key words in the search bar and the "command" key and "F" key to search a page.  Have fun researching!
Kids Infobits - contains more accessible reading levels

Click the link below for access to Henya's new History webpage

Global Research - Grolier's Encyclopedia Click Here