Brown School News

  • Supply Lists Now Posted!

    Supply lists for the 2017-18 school year are now posted on the New School Year Information page and as an attachment to this announcement.

    Happy summer!

    J. Graham Brown School
  • Volunteers Needed!

    Please sign up to help with student registration! We have several dates to choose from. Click HERE for more information and to sign up.

    Brown School Principal
  • Summer Homework

    All summer homework has been posted! From the school homepage, click on the link in the summer homework box to find out all required assignments. Summer homework has been assigned for all students enrolled for the 2017-18 school year.

    J. Graham Brown School
  • Results of SBDM Parent Election

    The results are in from the SBDM Parent Election! Elizabeth Bricking and Annett Rose were elected to serve a two-year term from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. Thank you to all who offered to serve.

    J. Graham Brown School
  • Brown Weekly Message #37

    May 18, 2017

    Dear Brown School Family,

    I have HUGE news!

    On May 23rd, the JCPS Board of Education has our lease agreement with the city for J. Graham Brown School students to have exclusive rights to use Martha Elliison Peace Park! JCPS will be funding an 8-foot fence and a walking track, but it is up to our school family to raise funds for the playground equipment, outdoor classroom, and raised planting beds. This should cost approximately $100,000.

    We need your help! Please consider sharing this link to our Go Fund Me on your social media accounts: https://www.gofundme.com/brown-school-playground

    Also, please consider making a donation in honor of your Brown School student. If every student had a $142 donation in their name, that would be enough to fund our playground! You can donate on our Go Fund Me page or you can write a check to the J. Graham Brown School PTSA with "playground" in the subject line.

    I am so excited about this for all our students. This is going to be a game changer!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal
    Angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Alley Directional Change – NEXT WEEK
    May 22nd through the 24th, the alley direction will revert back to the regular flow. Cars will enter the alley from Muhammad Ali Blvd and exit onto Chestnut Street. We want to thank you for helping us with our trial this week. It seemed to successfully eliminate traffic from Muhammad Ali Blvd and provide a safer afternoon pick up environment. When we find out the verdict on the permanent alley direction, we will let you know.

     

    Final Grades

    Elementary students will bring home report cards in their backpacks on the last day of school. Middle and high school students will have all their final grades available by 4:00 PM on May 25th; please check the portal to see those final grades.

     

    Mark Your Calendars for 2017 Orientations, Registrations, and the Meet and Greet!

    August 3rd**  This is a date change versus the first date that was sent out on Remind.

    Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation  9:30 – 11:30*

    Elementary Registration                                                      11:30 – 1:30

    Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation  12:30 – 2:30*

    *Sign up Genius will be going out very soon for parents to choose orientation times.


    August 8th

    6th Grade Student/Parent Orientation                        9:30 – 11:30

    Middle School Registration                                               11:30 – 1:30

    7th/8th Grade Student/Parent Orientation                1:30 – 3:30


    August 9th

    New Elementary Student/Parent Orientation        9:30 – 11:30

    Elementary Registration                                                                        11:30 – 1:30

    3rd Grade Student/Parent Orientation                        1:30 – 3:30


    August 10th

    High School Registration                                   11:30 – 1:30

    Freshman/New HS Student Orientation   1:00 – 5:00

    Freshman/New HS Parent Orientation      3:30 – 5:00

    Registration for any level                                   5:00 – 7:00

    August 15th
    Meet and Greet                                                        1:30 – 3:00

    Million Dollar Scholar
    Congratulations to Matthew Sato who earned over one million dollars in scholarships!


    Costa Rica 2018
    If you are interested in your 8th grade through high school student attending a field trip to Costa Rica in June of 2018, send an email to Kathleen.mattingly@jefferson.kyschools.us for more information. Registration has been extended to May 24th.


    Athletics
    High School Girls Soccer Interest Meeting – Monday, May 22nd at 3:00 in room 321

    Email tom.kiel@jefferson.kyschools.us for info on middle school sports or Justin.leonard@jefferson.kyschools.us for info on high school sports.

     

    SBDM

    The SBDM Council will be meeting today at 4:30 PM in the main office conference room. Meetings are open to the public. To enter the building, ring the bell at the main door on 1st Street near Muhammad Ali Blvd. and you will be buzzed in. Then proceed to the main office. The tentative agenda and other items are located at www.mybrownschool.org/sbdm.

    Did you know that you can view all our SBDM policies online? Visit www.mybrownschool.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. There are links for all our current policies. New policies and revisions are updated on the website within 24 hours following a meeting.

      

    REPEAT ITEMS

    SBDM Parent Elections

    Elections for the 2017-2018 Brown School SBDM (School-Based Decision Making) Parent Representative will be held the last week of school in the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, May 23 and the afternoon of Wednesday, May 24.

    The SBDM council meets at least once a month to develop policy, reform goals, and select school resources. The council consists of the principal(s), parents and teachers. There will be two parent positions open for the 2017-2018 school year.

    To be eligible for the position you must be a legal parent or guardian of a child attending Brown in the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions regarding eligibility, questions regarding the position or would like to run for or nominate someone for one of the positions on the council please email Dana Zausch, brownptsa.president@gmail.com.


    Summer Homework and Supply Lists
    Links to summer homework and supply lists will be posted close to the last day of school on the school’s website.

     

    K-2 Teacher Requests

    According to SBDM policy:

    “Requests for K-2 classroom teachers must be made in writing or emailed to the principal during the month of May. Requests should include specific academic or behavioral rationale. The school administration will determine placement based on their discretion.”

    You may email requests to angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us. Requests received before May 1st or after May 31st will not be considered.

    If you have questions, please see Angela or Shawn.

    End of Year Ceremonies
    High School Commencement Ceremony – May 25th at noon

    Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 24th at 8:30 AM

    Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 23rd at 9:00 AM

    Mayra’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 1:00 PM

    Maria’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 12:10 PM

     

    After School Student Supervision

    Our SBDM approved a new policy last year, the After School Supervision Policy, regarding students who are remaining after school unsupervised, who are not engaged in a supervised after school activity or who are not enrolled in the YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP). Instances of students being found after school unsupervised will be documented and reoccurrences may result in students being placed on probation at the school. Please make sure that your student is being picked up each day be 3:00 PM or is enrolled in CEP. To help with locating a carpool, our PTSA has set up a bulletin board on their page on our school website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.


    Morning Drop Off
    Morning drop off begins each morning at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop off students prior to this time as there is not adult supervision in the building. Students cannot be left unsupervised at any time. No student should be waiting outside the cafeteria or library, as these locations do not open until 7:30. The doors to the school are locked until 7:00 AM.

     

    Brown School Principal
  • Brown Weekly Message #36

    May 12, 2017

    Dear Brown School Family,

    Can you believe there is only one Friday remaining in this school year? In a little more than a week, we will be celebrating our kindergarteners, promoting our fifth and eighth graders, and graduating our seniors! The end of the school year is extremely busy in a K-12 school!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal
    Angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Alley Directional Change Trial Next Week
    Starting May 15th through May 19th, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Works will be running a trial period for a directional change of our back alley. So, next week, traffic will enter the back alley from Chestnut Street and will exit onto Muhammad Ali Blvd. This will impact you during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, even if you are picking up from CEP.

    Please consider an alternate route to the alley. There may be easier routes to access the Chestnut St. side of the alley; also, there may be an easier way to access your route home from the Muhammad Ali Blvd. side of the alley where you will be exiting.

    During carpool, students will be entering and exiting vehicles from the passenger side. It may be necessary to move car seats in your vehicle.

    In order to ensure that vehicles do not back up onto lanes of traffic on Chestnut St., it is important that vehicles do not arrive prior to 2:25 PM.


    SBDM Parent Elections

    Elections for the 2017-2018 Brown School SBDM (School-Based Decision Making) Parent Representative will be held the last week of school in the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, May 23 and the afternoon of Wednesday, May 24.

    The SBDM council meets at least once a month to develop policy, reform goals, and select school resources. The council consists of the principal(s), parents and teachers. There will be two parent positions open for the 2017-2018 school year.

    To be eligible for the position you must be a legal parent or guardian of a child attending Brown in the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions regarding eligibility, questions regarding the position or would like to run for or nominate someone for one of the positions on the council please email Dana Zausch, brownptsa.president@gmail.com.


    Summer Homework and Supply Lists
    Links to summer homework and supply lists will be posted close to the last day of school on the school’s website.


    Mark Your Calendars for 2017 Orientations, Registrations, and the Meet and Greet!

    August 3rd

    Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation  9:30 – 11:30*

    Elementary Registration                                 11:30 – 1:30

    Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation  12:30 – 2:30*

    *Sign up Genius will be going out very soon for parents to choose orientation times.


    August 8th

    6th Grade Student/Parent Orientation                        9:30 – 11:30

    Middle School Registration                                               11:30 – 1:30

    7th/8th Grade Student/Parent Orientation                1:30 – 3:30


    August 9th

    New Elementary Student/Parent Orientation        9:30 – 11:30

    Elementary Registration                                                   11:30 – 1:30

    3rd Grade Student/Parent Orientation                        1:30 – 3:30


    August 10th

    High School Registration                                 11:30 – 1:30

    Freshman/New HS Student Orientation   1:00 – 5:00

    Freshman/New HS Parent Orientation      3:30 – 5:00

    Registration for any level                                5:00 – 7:00

    August 15th
    Meet and Greet                                                    1:30 – 3:00

    Costa Rica 2018
    If you are interested in your 8th grade through high school student attending a field trip to Costa Rica in June of 2018, send an email to Kathleen.mattingly@jefferson.kyschools.us for more information.


    Athletics
    Middle School Volleyball Interest Meeting – May 16th at 2:45 in room 321; email

    Middle and High School Cross Country Interest Meeting – May 17th at 2:45 in room 321

    High School Boys Soccer Interest Meeting – May 18th at 2:45 in room 321

    Email tom.kiel@jefferson.kyschools.us for info on middle school sports or Justin.leonard@jefferson.kyschools.us for info on high school sports.

     

    SBDM

    The SBDM Council will be meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 4:30 PM in the main office conference room. Meetings are open to the public. To enter the building, ring the bell at the main door on 1st Street near Muhammad Ali Blvd. and you will be buzzed in. Then proceed to the main office. The tentative agenda and other items are located at www.mybrownschool.org/sbdm.

    Did you know that you can view all our SBDM policies online? Visit www.mybrownschool.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. There are links for all our current policies. New policies and revisions are updated on the website within 24 hours following a meeting.

     

    PTSA

    The PTSA has their last meeting scheduled for the school year on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 PM in the school conference room. We also are taking nominations for a Ways and Means Chair for a two-year term. Please email Dana Zausch at brownptsa.president@gmail.com for more information.



    REPEAT ITEMS

    K-2 Teacher Requests

    According to SBDM policy:

    “Requests for K-2 classroom teachers must be made in writing or emailed to the principal during the month of May. Requests should include specific academic or behavioral rationale. The school administration will determine placement based on their discretion.”

    You may email requests to angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us. Requests received before May 1st or after May 31st will not be considered.

    If you have questions, please see Angela or Shawn.

    End of Year Ceremonies
    High School Commencement Ceremony – May 25th at noon

    Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 24th at 8:30 AM

    Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 23rd at 9:00 AM

    Mayra’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 1:00 PM

    Maria’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 12:10 PM

     

    After School Student Supervision

    Our SBDM approved a new policy last year, the After School Supervision Policy, regarding students who are remaining after school unsupervised, who are not engaged in a supervised after school activity or who are not enrolled in the YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP). Instances of students being found after school unsupervised will be documented and reoccurrences may result in students being placed on probation at the school. Please make sure that your student is being picked up each day be 3:00 PM or is enrolled in CEP. To help with locating a carpool, our PTSA has set up a bulletin board on their page on our school website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.


    Morning Drop Off
    Morning drop off begins each morning at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop off students prior to this time as there is not adult supervision in the building. Students cannot be left unsupervised at any time. No student should be waiting outside the cafeteria or library, as these locations do not open until 7:30. The doors to the school are locked until 7:00 AM.

     

     

     

    Brown School Principal
  • Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

    "Thanks for Teaching Me Week"

    During the week of May 8 - 12, if you would like to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week, show your teachers and staff how much you appreciate them with kind reminders of thanks each day this week! Our PTSA has some great ideas below for each day!

    Monday: "Thanks for Teaching Me My ABCs"

    Write a letter to your teacher(s) telling them something you've learned in class.

    In addition to all the wonderful letters your teachers will receive, the PTSA is sponsoring a lunch for teachers and staff!

     

    Tuesday: "Thanks for Teaching Me to Hunger for Knowledge"

    Bring your favorite Brown School Staffer a snack!

     

    Wednesday: "Thanks for Teaching Me to Just Act Natural"

    Bring your teacher(s) a flower.

     

    Thursday: "Thanks for Making Me Feel Special"

    How do YOU want to appreciate your favorite special area or favorite subject teacher(s)? A sonnet about their patience? An original work of art? A Starbucks gift card? Be your thankful self!

     

    Friday: "Thanks for Teaching Me that Learning is Fun"

    See a comic that'll make your teacher grin? Think of a joke that'll make a Brown School Staffer Laugh? Bring 'em in, or tell them to your teacher(s)!

    Brown School Principal
  • SBDM Parent Representative Elections

    Elections for the 2017-2018 Brown School SBDM (School-Based Decision Making) Parent Representative will be held the last week of school in the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, May 23 and the afternoon of Wednesday, May 24.
     
    The SBDM council meets at least once a month to develop policy, reform goals, and select school resources. The council consists of the principal(s), parents and teachers. There will be two parent positions open for the 2017-2018 school year.
     
    To be eligible for the position you must be a legal parent or guardian of a child attending Brown in the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions regarding eligibility, questions regarding the position or would like to run for or nominate someone for one of the positions on the council please email Dana Zausch, brownptsa.president@gmail.com.
    Brown School Principal
  • New Sidewalk Being Installed

    We have great news! The YMCA is constructing a sidewalk on the north side of the parking garage between 2nd St. and the alley. So, on May 8th and 9th, please plan NOT to walk to/from the school along that grassy path. Please plan an alternate route to access the building.
    Thank you!

    Brown School Principal
  • Brown Weekly Message #35

    May 2, 2017

    Dear Brown School Family,

    The Thursday before Derby is always a big day at Brown!

    Our 15th Annual Mousetrap Car Derby starts at 11:45 and will run until about 2:00. Our freshmen physics students have been engineering their mousetrap cars for several weeks and they are ready for them to be put to the test. The students will take part in three rotations of races, and there are 58 cars. This is one project our freshmen students have been sweating all year.

    The Mousetrap Car Derby will pause at about 1:40 for our annual Pegasus Parade! Students in grades K-2 have been working diligently on their parade floats, and they will be showcasing them in our parade through our school. Students of all grade levels will line the hallways and cheer.

    Typically, you’ll see a lot of Derby hats and fascinators proudly worn by students and staff around our building on “Thurby”. However, this year our Derby celebration coincides with Star Wars Day “May the Fourth Be With You”. So, you can bet that you will also see our Brown School family sporting their favorite Star Wars attire. Whatever you decide to wear is fine – just keep in mind that masks and face paint are not permitted.

    Happy Derby!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal
    Angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    It’s Testing Time!
    The following is a basic testing schedule for our school for the upcoming weeks. Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and had a healthy breakfast on testing days! Also, please do not schedule appointments on the morning that your child is testing so that they are able to test with their class. Students in the middle of a test will not be able to sign out until that test section is completed.

     Wednesday May 3rd -        Algebra II End of Course Exam (High School Sophomores & Juniors)

                                                          AP English Literature (High School)

    Thursday May 4th -              AP Government & Politics (High School)

    Monday May 8th -                KPREP Reading (3rd through 8th grades)

                                                          English II End of Course Exam (High School Sophomores)

    Tuesday May 9th -                KPREP Reading (3rd through 8th grades)

                                                          KPREP Math (5th and 8th grades)

                                                          AP Calculus (High School)

    Wednesday May 10th -     KPREP Math (3rd through 8th grades)

                                                          KPREP Social Studies (5th and 8th grades)

                                                          AP English Language (High School)

    Thursday May 11th -           KPREP Math (3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grades)

                                                          KPREP Language Mechanics (4th and 6th grades)

                                                          KPREP Social Studies (5th and 8th grades)

                                                          KPREP On-Demand Writing (11th grade)

                                                          AP Statistics (High School)

    Friday May 12th -                 KPREP On-Demand Writing (5th and 8th grades)

                                                          AP Human Geography (High School)

                                                          AP European History (High School)

    Wednesday May 17th -     AP US History (High School)          

     

    K-2 Teacher Requests

    According to SBDM policy:

    “Requests for K-2 classroom teachers must be made in writing or emailed to the principal during the month of May. Requests should include specific academic or behavioral rationale. The school administration will determine placement based on their discretion.”

    You may email requests to angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us. Requests received before May 1st or after May 31st will not be considered.

    If you have questions, please see Angela or Shawn.


    Athletics
    There will be a high school volleyball interest/parent meeting on May 10th from 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

    Tennis, softball, baseball, middle school soccer, and track & field are now in season! Check our athletic calendar at http://www.mybrownschool.org/groups/15319/calendar?blockId=275234 for a complete schedule. Go Bears!

     

    SBDM

    The SBDM Council will be meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 4:30 PM in the main office conference room. Meetings are open to the public. To enter the building, ring the bell at the main door on 1st Street near Muhammad Ali Blvd. and you will be buzzed in. Then proceed to the main office. The tentative agenda and other items are located at www.mybrownschool.org/sbdm.

    Did you know that you can view all our SBDM policies online? Visit www.mybrownschool.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. There are links for all our current policies. New policies and revisions are updated on the website within 24 hours following a meeting.



    REPEAT ITEMS

    8th Annual Lock-In
    The 6th-12th grade lock-in will be held May 4th, the same day as the Pegasus Parade. It will begin at 7:00 PM and will end at 7:00 AM on May 5th The cost is $20 per person and the concession stand will be open for snack and drink purchases. Permission slips are available in the office and from Justin and Tom.


    Free Audio Books
    Check out audiobooksync.com! This program offers 2 free audio book downloads per week for teens all summer- one a classic and the other something newer (from April 27-August 16). During the summer of 2016 they gave away 172,000 downloads to 31,000 participants!


    End of Year Ceremonies

    High School Commencement Ceremony – May 25th at noon

    Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 24th at 8:30 AM

    Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 23rd at 9:00 AM

    Mayra’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 1:00 PM

    Maria’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 12:10 PM

     

    After School Student Supervision

    Our SBDM approved a new policy last year, the After School Supervision Policy, regarding students who are remaining after school unsupervised, who are not engaged in a supervised after school activity or who are not enrolled in the YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP). Instances of students being found after school unsupervised will be documented and reoccurrences may result in students being placed on probation at the school. Please make sure that your student is being picked up each day be 3:00 PM or is enrolled in CEP. To help with locating a carpool, our PTSA has set up a bulletin board on their page on our school website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.


    Morning Drop Off
    Morning drop off begins each morning at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop off students prior to this time as there is not adult supervision in the building. Students cannot be left unsupervised at any time. No student should be waiting outside the cafeteria or library, as these locations do not open until 7:30.

    The doors to the school are locked until 7:00 AM.

    Brown School Principal

HOMEPAGE_SLIDESHOW

The Original Magnet School

Our Program

The J. Graham Brown School, the Original Magnet School,  is a district-wide magnet school for students who thrive in a  Self Directed Learning environment. Brown enrolls approximately 700 students in grades K through 12. Brown is recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Distinguished school at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

For detailed information about Self Directed Learning at Brown, click here:  Self Directed Learning Framework 

 

Our Students

Brown School Students . . .

  • Are interested in pursuing the most rigorous academic program available to prepare them for liberal arts study in college. They are developing a strong work ethic.
  • Are willing to take risks and stretch their comfort levels when pursuing academic study. They want to learn to challenge themselves, work hard, and self-regulate their own study.
  • Prefer a smaller learning community where relationships are developed over time with all community members. They want to be known by their teachers, administrators, and fellow students.
  • Want to work in an environment where students support one another in academic, activities, and athletics. They support each other to be better in all things and challenge each other to grow and excel, thus maximizing everyone's potential.
  • Prefer a school culture where differences are recognized and unique talents of individual are appreciated.
  • Are comfortable around people who are different from themselves. They are secure in their own place in the world and are not uncomfortable with differences found in others.
  • Know they are in a college-ready environment and are supportive of this focus in the educational program.
  • May be average ability students with the desire to achieve at high levels, or gifted students wanting to be challenged. They are ready to learn how to be better students. They are willing to learn how to take on rigor as students and thrive in this environment.
  • Are developing habits of self-direction. They practice self-regulation in completing tasks and do not have to be monitored closely for their study. They can complete homework assignments and long-term projects with little supervision and reminders.  Their parents understand and value learning beyond the school day. Parents have an intrinsic value of homework to strengthen student skills.
  • Value relationships with adults and are comfortable with teachers that challenge them to be the best they can be.
  • Like to be a participant in activities and athletics, and not merely an observer.
  • Are comfortable knowing everyone and being known by everyone in the school community.

FAQ

What is the J. Graham Brown School?  The J. Graham Brown School is the district's oldest magnet school, beginning in 1972. It is a unique learning community that serves students in grades K-12. Brown provides a self-directed learning, with a classic liberal arts focus, delivered in a small informal learning community. Brown does not provide a career readiness program, so all students must be on grade level. The curriculum is a college preparatory experience and is patterned to maximize the talents and interests of the individual student.

What is self-directed learning?  Brown's self-directed learning environment sets the stage for students with that learning style to flourish. Self-directed learning is very different from Montessori, as it encourages students to choose non-preferred learning activities that are difficult and intellectually challenging. However, students in both programs must demonstrate the ability to work independently and possess the ability to focus without teacher redirection. Our program is undergirded by focused development in the areas of independence, empathy, and initiative. For more information about self-directed learning, click HERE.

Do Brown School students get to learn at their own pace?  No. Student learning is at a minimum pace with the curriculum maps provided by JCPS. In most classes at Brown, learning is accelerated or goes much deeper than that in the JCPS curriculum maps. Any student not demonstrating proficiency on grade level curriculum may be required to attend after-school tutoring, participate in additional online remediation while at home, and enroll in during-school remediation classes in lieu of additional electives.

Does Brown have a uniform policy?  No, Brown students do not wear uniforms. The Brown School community values the individuality of all students. A standard dress code does exist and can be found in the Student Dress Policy. Students are expected to refrain from wearing any clothing that would be demeaning to others, disruptive to the education process, or is considered indecent or vulgar in nature.

Is school bus transportation provided to Brown students?  No, the JCPS district does not provide bus service to the Brown School. Students and parents are responsible for getting students to and from school on time. TARC tickets are provided to students who need them.

Can students living outside Jefferson County attend Brown?  No, all Brown School students must be Jefferson County residents.

What are Brown's school hours?  School begins at 8:00 AM and dismisses at 2:40 PM. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and must be picked up by 3:00 PM unless participating in a supervised after-school activity or enrolled in the YMCA CEP program.

Does Brown offer the Advance Program or Advanced Placement?  Yes. Brown offers the Advance Program beginning in 4th grade. For high school students, a catalog of Advanced Placement courses are offered. Students may also take college and dual-credit classes at local universities and online.

Can Brown High School students take college classes?  Yes. Brown High students have numerous opportunities to take college credit and dual-credit courses. Juniors and seniors can walk from Brown to JCTC and take dual-credit classes. Juniors and seniors can also drive or ride TARC to the University of Louisville to take dual-credit classes. Brown also has a unique partnership with Western Kentucky University; students, as early as their sophomore year, can enroll in dual-credit classes that either meet face-to-face on the Brown campus or can take classes online. Most of these opportunities cost as little as $52 a credit hour, which is about a 90% discount over normal tuition. Some students may be able to take advantage of Kentucky's Dual Credit Scholarship and could take classes for free.

Is Brown for everyone?  Not necessarily. No school is a perfect fit for every individual. A Brown School student should be one who prefers a smaller learning community where everyone is known. Students should possess the interest and ability to learn independently and be self-directed in their studies. They should value inquiry and enjoy being challenged by other points of view and opinions. They should be students who are serious about finding their academic passions and care about doing well in all they experience.

Do you accept "second choice"  or late applications?  Yes and no. Our admissions committee reviews second choice and late applications for prospective high school enrollment. We do not review second choice and late applications for prospective elementary and middle school enrollment.

Do students really call teachers by their first names?  Mostly. There are many teachers and staff members at the Brown School who go by first names. There are also teachers who prefer going by last names. Our philosophy is that respect is much more than the names by which we are called. We encourage everyone to be called by the names with which they are comfortable.

Is the student population diverse?  Yes, Brown School students come from all parts of the school district and represent a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Geographic diversity is valued and is a consideration in the admissions process.

Are there athletics and activities at Brown?  Yes. Brown does offer a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities. Currently, there are 39 athletic teams and 44 co-curricular activities across elementary, middle, and high. Visit our Athletics page and Student Activities page for more information.

Is Brown a public school?  Yes. We are one of many public schools within Jefferson County Public Schools.