The Workshop School

The Workshop School is a planned independent middle / micro / maker / magnet school in Brooklyn, New York. We provide a transformative experience for diverse young adults in one Brooklyn community. 

Every young adult deserves a meaningful and purposeful education.  At the Workshop School, students receive the personal challenges and supports they need to create their full potential.

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Arshay Cooper is co-founder and Chief Community Officer at The Workshop School. Arshay grew up in the North Lawndale community on the West Side of Chicago, where his friends and family were often influenced by drugs, gangs, and other violence. Instead, Arshay committed his life to the positive development of youth and families. Since 2005, he has worked in community education and social service.

Arshay is an award winning author, motivational speaker, and community organizer. He has completed more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service in communities across the United States.

Andrew Ravin is Founder and Director of the Workshop School.  Since 1998, Andrew has worked in community social service and education.  For 10 years, he worked as a classroom teacher, including 5 years as lead teacher or literacy coach.  Most recently, Andrew was Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction at a community school in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Andrew and Samantha have 3 children, ages 11, 9, and 5. The Workshop School is developed with these and with all children in mind.