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Community Partnership Charter School, serving grades K-8, is a supportive community that nurtures the talent of the future leaders of tomorrow. Our rigorous academic program teaches students to creatively solve complex problems and explore and develop their own special talents through learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Our graduates are well-rounded, engaged students who recognize the importance of perseverance, collaboration and team work.



Joe and Carol Reich founded Beginning with Children (BwC) in 1990 to advocate for public education reform and start a high-quality school for low-income children in Williamsburg.  BwC opened Beginning with Children School (BwCS) in 1992 at Pfizer's original headquarters as an alternative school within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).  BwC was actively involved in bringing a strong charter school law to New York State and helped found the NYC Charter School Center in 2004. 

BwC, with local parents in Fort Greene, launched Community Partnership Charter School in 2000 and founded Beginning with Children Charter School 2 (BwCCS 2) in Williamsburg, in 2012. 

Community Partnership consisted of grades K-5 from 2000 until 2010 and then in 2010 expanded to include grades 6-8. We graduated our first group of 8th graders in 2013. Today Community Partnership co-locates in 2 buildings. Grades K-4 are housed in P.S. 270 and grades 5-8 are in P.S. 256.






Critical Thinking


REACH is an acronym for our Core Values.


Here at CPCS, we are constantly striving to reach our full potential. We are a school whose intent is to create a learning environment that will give our students the tools that they need to reach their goals and have successful, rich lives. We firmly believe that these values help us to create a school culture that builds strong character and promotes fairness and equality.


We hope that all members of our community apply these values, not only their school lives, but also to their lives outside of school. We respect that living by these values is an ongoing challenge, and we pledge to support one another to meet these high standards.