About Poly

The Country Day School

Our Country Day School Origins & Philosophy

Since 1854, Poly Prep has helped students become responsible, thoughtful, active citizens of the city and our democracy.  Now, however, our unique country day school experience also prepares Poly's students for success as members of the world community.

Poly Prep is a co-ed college preparatory school educating students in Nursery through 12th Grade on two campuses in Brooklyn, New York.  Our Lower School Campus (Nursery through 4th Grade) is located in Park Slope.  Our Middle School and Upper School are located on our 25-acre Dyker Heights Campus.  It is this latter campus, to which Poly Prep moved in 1917, that first enabled us to offer a healthy country day school experience to students.

Poly Today

Our 25-Acre Dyker Heights Campus

What does the country day school experience mean today?  On our Dyker Heights campus, Upper School students live and work together from early morning until early evening. Most Upper School students are on campus for rehearsals, clubs, or athletic practice until they leave together on the late bus at 6:00 PM.  
Twice a week, students in the Middle and Upper Schools assemble together for a common learning experience. Distinguished outside visitors might share their wisdom; or students might discuss burning contemporary issues or urge their peers to join a community service project.

In the classroom and in their daily interactions, students might also find their assumptions challenged, their worldview shifting, their vision expanding. When this kind of learning takes place—in a safe environment among friends and caring adults—young people are truly able to understand and accept difference.


Dyker Heights Campus

Our Park Slope Campus

Launched in 1995, Poly's Lower School is housed in the landmarked and historic Hulbert Mansions in Park Slope. Recently renovated with a beautiful and award-winning addition, Poly's Lower School was the first LEED-certified ("green") school building in New York City, and the first such primary school in New York State.

Although the Lower School enjoys both a gorgeous enclosed play area and Prospect Park across the street, it is not technically a "country day school."  Nonetheless, the safety and beauty of the building, and our dedicated and engaged faculty, allow us to offer Lower School students our "country day school philosophy" on a smaller, more intimate scale.  

Community, an intellectually challenging curricula, and the education of the whole child make Poly Prep Lower School a superb venue for young children and their families.  The Lower School also prepares students to take full advantage of our Middle and Upper divisions, as well.

Park Slope Campus

Our Educational Commitment

At both campuses, faculty, students, staff, parents, and alumni work together as a community of learners. Poly Prep's unique status as a country day school in New York City defines and empowers this learning community.

As educators, Poly Prep's faculty consider it a privilege to teach children from across New York City and from many backgrounds and cultures.  The country day school experience enables students to form relationships with peers and faculty they might otherwise never meet or befriend. Students also develop the self-respect that comes only after contributing meaningfully to their own learning and the learning of others.

Poly Prep's country day school model demands the entire community understand what Poly Prep both offers and expects. Communal benefits and mutual obligations go hand in hand.
From Poly Prep, students receive:
  • clear expectations for accomplishment and behavior, especially important in a school with such a geographically and demographically diverse student body
  • accessible, skilled, nurturing teachers and coaches whose expertise and commitment lead to the close personal relationships that are essential to academic and personal development
From our students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni, we expect and require:
  • respect for each individual—as we are all participants in a voluntary community devoted to learning and personal growth
  • active participation in the life of the school

Lower School

50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 | (718) 768-1103

Middle/Upper School

9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228 | (718) 836-9800