Principal Fabayo McIntosh-Gordon grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and knew early on that she wanted to make a difference in her community. She founded Brighter Choice Community School in 2008 to establish a "learning community where education is embedded in meaningful, real-world contexts and children are deliberately taught to see the connections between school and the world.” Change for Kids is proud to be a partner of Brighter Choice Community School—a school that has been described as a “wonderful oasis” for students.

Quick Facts 

Principal: Fabayo McIntosh-Gordon

CFK Partner School since: 2016

Lead Sponsor: Available

Student Enrollment: 289

82% of students identified as being in economic need*

* Economic Need Index is an estimate of the percentage of students at a school facing economic hardship
based on temporary housing, eligibility for public housing, and Census tract poverty rates. (NYC DOE)

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Explore NY: Introducing our students to new educational and professional experiences

Graduating to Greatness: Preparing our fourth and fifth graders to successfully enter middle school by helping them navigating the application process and getting them ready through resume writing and mock interview workshops, grooming workshops, career day office visits and more

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to maintain and develop the relationship with the leadership team, parents, community members, program partners and volunteers

Principal Network: Opportunities for collaboration and learning with other CFK partner school principals

Implicit Bias Training: The Human Root workshops designed to dismantle systems that divide people while highlighting the similarities that connect all people in their humanity

Academic Enrichment Partnerships

New York Historical Society: Social studies curriculum that builds fourth grade students' critical thinking skills by examining, analyzing and discussing replicas of artifacts, works of arts, and maps

ChessNY: Students learn the basics of this powerful game

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students and their families grades K-5

Children’s Museum of the Arts: Arts instruction and experiences for all fourth grade students

Urban Golf: Golf lessons for students that integrate physical, social, cultural and academic concepts

Behind the Book: Inspiring our kindergarten students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs

Community Engagement

Science Night Bringing science out of the classroom with a night of fun, educational activities.

Reading Under The Stars Bringing parents and children together for a night of fun and reading