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.
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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 SchoolAn Institute for Student Achievement School
Thanks to all the families who came out to our Fall Community Night. We were so happy to have such a great turnout and can't wait to see you back here for Family Conferences on November 7th and 8th.
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