Applying to Charter Schools More Simple Than Ever

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/13/2012

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NEW COMMON ONLINE APPLICATION WILL MAKE APPLYING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS SIMPLER THAN EVER

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Charter Center’s Common Online Charter School Application Enables NYC Families to Apply to More Than 110 Public Charter Schools in Five Languages

(New York, NY, February 13, 2012) The New York City Charter School Center has radically simplified the process of applying to public charter schools with the launch today of a Common Online Charter School Application. The application offers one-stop-shopping for families to learn about and apply to charter schools online. In the past, families had to fill out and mail individual applications to each of the charter schools in which they wanted to enroll their children. Hundred and ten (110) of the city’s charter schools are participating in the online application, up from 20 last year. In addition, for the first time, the forms are available in four languages—English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and French—making the process accessible to more New York families than ever.

“With 110 of New York City charter schools signed up to use the Common Online Charter School Application, applying to New York City’s charter schools is as simple as a click of a mouse,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. “The City’s charter schools are committed to serving all children in their communities. This makes it easier than ever for families to learn about and apply to charter schools in their neighborhood.”

In an effort to reach as many families across the five boroughs as possible, the Charter Center will also launch a radio and print advertising campaign today in English and Spanish promoting the application. The Charter Center has also partnered with a variety of community leaders and organizations, including the Hispanic Federation and Children’s Aid Society to spread the word.

“As we gear up to open our first charter school, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, we’re excited to be able to work with The NYC Charter School Center to raise awareness for the school and offer an easy process for applicants from diverse backgrounds,” said The Children’s Aid Society Vice President for Education Drema Brown.

Finally, the campaign will culminate in a citywide town hall meeting in mid-March on KISS FM that will feature education advocates, prominent elected officials and New York City media personalities discussing how to continue improving the city's charter schools as well as educational options as a whole.

The application deadline for most charter schools is April 1st, with random lotteries held shortly thereafter for schools where the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats. To learn more about the Common Online Application, visit www.nyccharterschools.org/school-search

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About the New York City Charter School Center
The New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit committed to fostering an environment in which public charters can open and flourish, and, through their innovative approaches, provide models for improving all public schools. The Charter Center helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools, and engages the charter school community around key issues.

About NYC’s Charter Schools
Charter schools are free, independently run public schools that are able to innovate in their classroom structures, curriculum, and teaching methods. In return, they’re held to higher standards of accountability. More than 90 percent of the City’s charter school students are African-American or Latino, and more than 75 percent are from low-income families. There are currently 136 public charter schools serving students in all five boroughs.

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