We started a small school to emphasize the important role that personal relationships play in academic achievement. Our core belief is that when students feel connected to their school community, they achieve at higher rates. Writing is the vehicle through which students become critical thinkers.
Underlying the program at Young Writers are the following beliefs:
● All students can succeed. It is our responsibility to tap into their natural talents and curiosities to engage them and to motivate them to become successful in our school community.
● We’re on a first name basis. In order for members of our school community to develop authentic relationships we need to relate as individuals rather than members of a traditional school’s power structure.
● Students should be empowered to make decisions to direct the course of their education. As we nurture their autonomy they will learn to make good decisions and will become more invested in the course of their education.
● Students will develop a sense of both safety and self-efficacy by belonging to a community that needs and values their effort and contribution; which also encourages them to take academic risks without fear of ridicule.
● Exhibition-based instruction, finding real-life applications to what we’re teaching and authentic opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, helps teachers plan to meet each student’s individual needs and increases the likelihood of real understanding.
We can be reached by phone at
by fax at
Come visit us!
Click here to get transit directions to our school
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
AAden Stern, Assistant Principal
Tanisha Brown, Assistant Principal
Sarah Reedy, Assistant Principal
A New York City Department of Education Secondary SchoolAn Institute for Student Achievement School
Portfolio Presentation Sign Up --> Click here!
Follow the official Academy for Young Writers Facebook page for more news, photos, and videos from the Young Writers community.
The Young Writers GSA asked:
What does it mean to love yourself?
What does it mean to love someone else?
In the news:
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!
Click the link below for access to Henya's new History webpage
Global Research - Grolier's Encyclopedia Click Here