Brilla Public Charter Schools – Paterson
Regional Charter School Network
Paterson, New Jersey
For ten years, Brilla has opened schools in communities which previously relied on local private institutions, like Catholic schools, for their education and community building. Students at their six schools currently in closed Catholic schools in the Bronx receive not only education but character formation and a classical curriculum delivered in a blended way. They offer a voluntary afterschool program where students receive more spiritual formation, and the wrap around service that Luanne Zurlo and her team provide to families is helping to reknit the social fabric of the communities they serve. With ambitions to serve 3,900 students at 10 campuses by 2029, and their first campus to open in Paterson which sorely needs a safe, structured, exceptional learning environment for students and families, Brilla is shining, just like its name suggests.