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SIX NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER PRE-K PROGRAMS THIS FALL
Seats Will Be Filled By Random Lottery Drawings on Wednesday, July 30 – Parents Encouraged to Submit Applications Today!
(New York, NY) Six New York City public charter schools will be offering pre-kindergarten classes for the first time in the 2014-15 academic year, according to the New York City Charter School Center. As parent demand for pre-k is greater than the number of available seats, these schools will fill their seats by random lottery drawings on Wednesday, July 30. Parents are encouraged to fill out an application for each school they are interested in before this date.The six schools include:
- Academic Leadership Charter School (Bronx)
- Bronx Charter School for Better Learning (Bronx)
- New York City Montessori Charter School (Bronx)
- Hellenic Classical Charter School (Brooklyn)
- The Renaissance Charter School (Queens)
- Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School (Queens)
“Allowing charters to provide pre-k was one of the high points in public education this year,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. “Many families in NYC’s highest-needs communities have been calling for more pre-k choices for years, so it’s great news that public charter schools in the city will finally be able to answer their call.”
This is the first time charter schools have been allowed to offer pre-k, thanks to legislative changes in the state budget passed earlier this year. The participating schools have expressed much gratification at being able to participate in Mayor de Blasio’s campaign to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) for all of New York’s children.
“Pre-k plays such a vital role in the future success of a child’s education, we are thrilled to finally be able to offer it,” said Stacey Gauthier, Principal at The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, which already serves grades K-12. “Parents in the community have been asking me for years when will we start to offer pre-k; I am so thankful that I can finally say that that time is now! We’re really looking forward to providing a high-quality choice for families in Jackson Heights.”