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Would new school coming at B15 at Dean St. and Sixth Ave. opposite arena also include a relocated (from Downtown Brooklyn) M.S. 915? In 2024?

Many have expected that I.S. 653, the coming 806-seat middle school at Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park B15 (491 Dean Street), would have an arts/culture/STEM focus. Advocates dubbed it M.S. One Brooklyn. 

(The building, at Sixth Avenue opposite the Barclays Center, has a 662 Pacific Street address for residents and is branded Plank Road.)

Well, city schools officials are exploring at least one other--and potentially complementary--option: the relocation of M.S. 915, currently located on Johnson Street/Tech Place in Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the building that hosts Westinghouse High School. It had 258 students in 2022-23, according to Inside Schools.

According to a message to parents and staff from principal Danielle Scott, "the District 13 Superintendent’s Office is currently engaging with the MS 915 community around a potential relocation" to 491 Dean. 

It will be discussed tomorrow night at a meeting of the District 13 Community Educational Council. 

"Although we recognize this may be a challenge at first for some families"--perhaps given the distance from their homes?--"we believe that this move can benefit our community in many ways: outdoor space, an auditorium, a gym, etc.," wrote Scott. 

The relocation would have to be approved by the Panel for Educational Policy this coming February. Before that, an educational impact statement would be posted around December 1. 

Meeting info

The CEC13 General Meeting on Tuesday, November 21 is at 7 pm, in person or via Zoom.

The in-person meeting is at  Community School Board District 13 Office, 2nd floor – 355 Park Place. Because of limited seating, RSVPs are required at

Timing questions (updated)

Scott's message suggested the move would occur in September 2024, which I initially thought overoptimistic, because it implies a one-year acceleration of the completion schedule. 

According to the NYC School Construction Authority's Sept. 30, 2023 Quarterly Status of Projects in Process, I.S. 653 is still due in September 2025. The history of this project has been delays rather than acceleration.

That said, a project neighbor just tweeted that he though the school "looks decently close to done right now."