Partnerships with community-based organizations and institutions lie at the heart of LGCS’s program. Our weekly field-studies are collaborative efforts with institutions such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Children’s Museum and BioBus, a Brooklyn-based science education resource.
On most Wednesdays, students head off on field trips to these partnership institutions, which have educators on staff to work with LGCS students. The field studies are linked to what the students are learning in the classroom, and these experiences provide rich material to bring back to school. The field studies help develop student understanding of the scientific method, and our inquiry-based approach to learning.
We collaborate with the educators at each of the institutions, so our students benefit from their expertise in the field. We work with each institution over several weeks and throughout the year, so the on-site educators can develop a relationship with LGCS’ students and staff.
Parent volunteers play an important role at LGCS.
The main vehicle for volunteering is the LGCS Parent Association, which organizes the school's book fair, and events for students. Each classroom has at least one class parent who helps arrange for parents to volunteer in the classroom, reading to students, or assisting teachers and aides. Parents with a particular expertise can talk with students about their specialties. They can also serve as chaperones on the weekly field-study trips to educational sites in Brooklyn.