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The original Hyde School was founded in 1966 in Bath, Maine by math teacher Joseph Gauld, who had what he calls a "crisis of conscience" and became dedicated to providing education that included character development alongside academic achievement. The school began with a focus on Five Words: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern, and the cardinal principle that every individual has a unique potential that defines a destiny.
 
Hyde Leadership Charter School-Brooklyn continues that tradition in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Hyde-Brooklyn opened its doors in the Fall of 2010 with Kindergarten and First grades. We currently serve 400 students in Kindergarten through Fifth grades and is known as a leader in family-based character education.