How to Apply

Prospective Families

For prospective 6th, 9th or 10th graders, you can apply to our school through the MySchools site myschools.nyc or speak to your school's guidance counselor.

Incoming 6th graders who live or attend school anywhere in Brooklyn or Queens are eligible to apply to Lyons. For High School students, you are eligible if you live anywhere in New York City, but first priority goes to students who live or attend school in Brooklyn. If you do not get into Lyons during the initial application round, you can add your name to our waitlist on MySchools.

If you are interested in transferring to Lyons, please reach out to us through our contact page.

"See" Our school!

Join us for our Virtual Open House happening every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm (except when there is no school for students). Please register for an Open House by emailing lyons@lyonscommunityschool.org. The Zoom link is attached to our Calendar.

If you are interested in an in-person tour of the school, please reach out at lyons@lyonscommunityschool.org. Or join us for our Fall Festival Open House on Saturday, November 6th from 11:00 - 3:00.

Want someone to reach out to you to respond to a specific question? Submit your information through our contact page or call us at 718-782-0918. Ask to speak to Wuta Onda, Director of Admissions.

ABOUT US

Lyons is a small, progressive, unscreened New York City public secondary school with a liberal arts focus. We are located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and are a member of the NYS Performance Standards Consortium. All students do Roundtable presentations in all their core subjects twice a year, and high school students complete graduation level Performance Based Assessment Task (PBAT) requirements rather than most Regents. Our academic program includes inquiry-based projects, weekly Field Studies classes where students travel to different sites across the city and skills instruction to meet the needs of students.

We are a Restorative Justice school, focusing on repairing harm, rather than punishing offenders when determining next steps when issues arise. We know that the majority of our work to diminish harm involves daily community and relationship building, and clear, supportive systems and expectations. All teachers also work as advisors supporting students’ social-emotional and academic journeys.

Lyons Community School hiring for the 2021-22 school year

Lyons Community School continues to look for staff for the coming school year. We are definitely looking for a special education teacher. In addition, we are possibly hiring a Mathematics teacher, Youth Advocate with experience in Restorative Justice, an Assistant Principal and/or staff member with college and career counseling experience.

Located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Lyons is a small, progressive, unscreened New York City public secondary school with a liberal arts focus, and are members of the NYS Performance Standards Consortium. All students do Roundtable presentations in all their core subjects twice a year, and high school students complete graduation level Performance Based Assessment Task (PBAT) requirements rather than most Regents. Our academic program includes inquiry-based projects, field studies classes where students travel to different sites across the city, and skills instruction to meet the needs of students.

We are a Restorative Justice school, focusing on repairing harm, rather than punishing offenders. We know that the majority of our work to diminish harm involves daily community and relationship building and clear, supportive systems and expectations. Teachers are advisors, supporting students’ social-emotional and academic journeys. The vast majority of our students enter Lyons below their grade level in reading and/or mathematics. We seek staff members who are specifically interested in working with our young people and who are committed to always looking for ways to support our students to learn, grow and become their best selves.

Applicants must be NYS certified.

If you are interested in being part of a community where:

  • we strive to teach in an inquiry based manner with teacher created curricula, while giving our students support and structures for this journey,

  • staff is reflective, internally motivated, working to continually improve their practice, with a particular focus on our own implicit biases,

  • everyone is known, has a voice, is seen first for their strengths, but loved for their vulnerabilities

  • we work to be anti-racist, pro-humanity and humanness, individuals working as a community through collaboration, mutual support and commitment to a vision,

  • you will be part of a remarkably vibrant community that strives for a world as we want it to be, while being grounded in the world we live in,


Please send your resume and cover letter to lyons@lyonscommunityschool.org. If you have a statement of purpose, send it along as well.


For more information about our community, please check us out at www.lyonscommunityschool.org, facebook.com/lyonscommunityschoolstaffcreated and Instagram @lyons_community_school