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NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS WELCOME RECORD 114,000 STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL

NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS WELCOME RECORD 114,000 STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL

Twelve New Public Charter Schools Open for 2017-18 School Year

Nearly 48,000 Students Remain Waitlisted

NEW YORK – New York City charter schools began the 2017-18 school year serving a record 114,000 students—more than 10% of the city’s public school population—the New York City Charter School Center announced today. There are now 227 charter schools open throughout the five boroughs, second in number only to Los Angeles. Twelve new schools opened their doors this year and more than 100 schools added seats and grades to serve more students. A full list of facts about charter schools for the 2017-18 school year can be found here.

Despite this growth, approximately 48,000 children remain on charter school wait lists, as the number of applicants grew 7% over the previous year.

“If the New York City charter school sector were its own school district, it would be the 23rd largest in the nation,” said New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman. “With a dozen new schools and thousands of new seats this year, charter leaders are working hard to meet the growing demand from local families. The governor and state legislature took some significant steps this year to help us serve more students, but there is a lot more work left to do.”

The 12 new charter schools will serve approximately 1,400 students in their first year. Among this year’s cohort:

  • Five schools are located in the Bronx, where parent demand for charters remains the highest;
  • Eight schools are replicating successful school models, including the New York Center for Autism Charter School Bronx, which provides individualized instruction solely for children with autism, and Hebrew Language Academy Charter School 2, which provides daily instruction in Hebrew;
  • WHIN Music Community Charter School, which infuses music education inspired by El Sistema; and
  • Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter High School, an all-girls charter high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) pathways and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program into its curriculum.

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter High School
  • Hebrew Language Academy Charter School 2

Manhattan

  • Success Academy Charter School – Harlem 6
  • Success Academy Charter School – Hudson Yards
  • WHIN Music Community Charter School

Bronx

  • Brilla College Preparatory Charter School Veritas
  • Bronx Charter School for Excellence 3
  • Legacy College Preparatory Charter School
  • New York Center for Autism Charter School Bronx
  • South Bronx Classical Charter School IV

Queens

  • Forte Preparatory Academy Charter School
  • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV

The results of recently-released New York State test scores show the City’s public charter schools continuing to outpace their peers across the five boroughs and rest of the state.

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