Head of School Dr. Charles Fasano established Bay Ridge Prep in 1998 along with a team of educators and families devoted to creating a truly student-centered community. He has been involved in the field of education for over 35 years and, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano also teaches sixth grade science, coaches the Middle School baseball team and can often be seen running alongside students during track practice.
Prior to Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano served as Headmaster of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn. In just three years at Adelphi, Dr. Fasano and his administration dramatically increased the school’s enrollment, restructured the educational program and regained financial stability for the institution.
Outside of Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano has served as an adjunct professor at Lehman College, Hunter College and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2014, Dr. Fasano was invited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools to serve on the commission that evaluates and guides other independent schools throughout their accreditation process. His service to the community has included being an emergency medical technician with the B.R.A.V.O. volunteer ambulance organization and continuing to voluntarily run a karate program for Manhattan Youth, a non-profit organization that he founded original programs for over 35 years ago. Additionally, he has contributed to curriculum development for parochial schools serving low-income families.
In 2010, Dr. Fasano joined the founding board of the Shore Road Parks Conservancy and currently serves as president of the Conservancy. Through his volunteer work with Shore Road Parks, he has raised over $10 million for capital projects to improve parks throughout the Bay Ridge area and provide family-friendly community events. He has also recruited hundreds of volunteers to maintain and beautify five designated park areas on Shore Road.
A devoted husband, and a proud father of two Bay Ridge Prep alums, Dr. Fasano holds a Doctoral degree and Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. He is a New York State licensed Psychologist and New York State certified special education teacher. He is an avid tennis player, biker, martial artist, Brooklyn Nets fan and 15-time New York City Marathon runner.