Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the address of P.S. 18?
P.S. 18 – Edward Bush (Magnet School for Leadership) is located in Williamsburg on 101 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206.
How do I get there?
Trains: J, M to Hewes St; G, L to Metropolitan Ave-Lorimer St
Buses: B24, B43, B46, B48, B60, Q54, Q59
Car: Take the exit “Metropolitan Avenue” on the BQE.
Do I have to live in Brooklyn for my kid to attend the school?
No. You neither have to live in School District 14 nor in Brooklyn.
P.S. 18 is a Magnet School.
Parents from other boroughs have registered for P.S. 18 and the GLP already.
Contact the school for transport options.
What are the school hours ?
School starts for PK at 8am and ends at 2:20pm. Kindergarteners and older children can be dropped off at 7:30am.
What are the hours for after school ?
The after school program is not mandatory for the 5 days of the week. It can be 3x a week as well. After school dismissal hours are 5:30-6pm.
Is there after school for Pre-Kindergarten ?
P.S. 18 currently has no after school for pre-k. But, if they get enough pre-k kids interested in an after school program, they have the possibility to create one specifically for that grade. In addition, there is a nearby daycare (Stagg Street Center for Children), to which teachers can accompany P.S. 18 pre-k children for the afternoon program.
Can I bring my own lunch?
Lunch is provided by the school but students are allowed to bring their own lunch, snack, food. The school requires that it has to be a healthy snack. No sugar.
Who provides the German Enrichment?
We are cooperating with the experts from the Goethe Institut and the representatives from the Department of Education.
When can my kids attend PK and K?
Example: If your child is born in 2012, PK will start September 2016 and K in September 2017.
Is the Spanish Dual Language Program mandatory at P.S. 18?
At this point, up to 50 kindergarteners can be enrolled into the mandatory Spanish Dual Language Program at P.S. 18. All children in the school can have German enrichment. The enrichment will take place during regular school hours. Additional German content will be included into the after school program (e.g. cultural events, projects or other activities)
Why dual language education?
A bilingual brain is a smarter brain (Psychology Today). It increases mental flexibility. Dual language education helps children build self-esteem, creativity, problem-solving skills, and math ability. More information on the benefits can be found in this blog
Are there other Dual Language Programs in NYC?
Yes, there are! We are just listing a few in our neighborhood: Japanese at PS 147. Polish at PS 34, there is French at PS 110 and Spanish at PS84 and Brooklyn Arbor. A new Chinese program starts at PS 250. You will find more information on insideschools.org or the DOE website. Here is an older document, but showing all DLPs in New York.
How much does the program cost?
If you are a resident of NYC, public schools are free. However, the support of parents and the community is critical in helping to develop this program and further develop the school. We ask parents and/or the community to support by fundraising for the whole school, providing appropriate German language materials to add to the school library, or helping with time or resources that are available to your family. Parents may also help by recruiting the support of locally based businesses or NGOs.
Is there a school uniform?
The uniform can be any burgundy top with any grey bottom. They’re not strict to what it needs to be. Black bottoms are ok, too. Any shoes/sneakers are fine.