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Thirty six charter school leaders apply to open new NYC schools

Thirty six charter schools could open in New York City next fall in the first wave of new schools allowed under the charter school law passed in May.

Legislators voted to more than double the cap on charter schools, permitting 260 new schools over the next four years, of which 114 could be in New York City. Today, the state announced that 47 school leaders applied this month to open new schools in 2011, 30 of them in the city. An additional six schools applied to open in New York City as part of SUNY’s Charter School Institute’s earlier summer deadline, bringing the total of schools looking to open in the city in fall of 2011 to 36.

Ten of the new applicants want to open in the Bronx — most in the South Bronx — and another 10 want to open in Brooklyn. Eight have applied to open in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one in Staten Island.

In a shift, 10 of the new applicants are high schools. Currently, just 13 city charter schools serve grades 9-12, although more are set to add those grades as they expand. Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch last year challenged charter school operators to open more high schools, saying that is where the need is greatest. One of the proposed schools would join Wildcat Academy as the only charter transfer schools. Another is Christopher Columbus Charter High School, the school proposed to reincarnate the Bronx school that’s slated to close.

About half of the city’s new prospective charter schools have support from the city Department of Education, to which they originally applied for authorization before having to reapply with the state last week. Nine applied directly to the State Education Department. And six, including two new schools in Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy network, are seeking authorization from SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute. That’s on top of six NYC schools, including three high schools, whose applications SUNY had previously said it was considering.

SED applicants:

  • Advance Charter High School (9-12; Manhattan)
  • Christopher Columbus Charter High School  (9-12; Bronx)
  • New York Academy for Student Success Charter School (9-12; Brooklyn)
  • New Life Intermediate Charter School (6-7; Brooklyn)
  • The Joint Services Military and Maritime Charter High School (9-12; Brooklyn)
  • Staten Island Military Academy Charter School (6-8; Staten Island)
  • New York Flex Charter School (9-12; Manhattan)
  • Pelham Creative Charter School (K-8; Bronx)
  • Pivot Charter School (9-12; Brooklyn)
  • Vetted by NYC DOE
  • Bronx Charter School for Health and Wellness (Bronx)
  • Brooklyn Arrow Charter School (Brooklyn)
  • Children of the City Charter School (Brooklyn)
  • Co-op City Intergenerational Charter School (Bronx)
  • Courage to Succeed Charter School (Manhattan)
  • Democracy Preparatory 3 (Manhattan)
  • Dr. Muriel Petioni Charter School for Scholarship, Health, and Leadership (Manhattan)
  • Lamad Academy Charter School (Brooklyn)
  • Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School (Brooklyn)
  • Mott Hall Charter School (Bronx)
  • Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem (Manhattan)
  • New York City Montessori Charter School (Bronx)
  • Phoenix Academy Charter School (Queens)
  • Urban Dove Charter School (Brooklyn)
  • Vision Charter School (Manhattan)

SUNY applicants:

  • Nationbuilders Charter High School for Service and Leadership (9-12; Bronx)
  • ROADS Charter School (8-12; Brooklyn)
  • ROADS Charter School (8-12; Bronx)
  • Bronx Success Academy Charter School 3 (K-5; Bronx)
  • Success Academy Charter School (K-5; Manhattan)
  • Accomplish Charter School (K-5; Bronx)

Previously announced applicants:

  • Broome Academy Charter High School (9-12; Manhattan)
  • Our World Neighborhood Charter School II (K-5; Queens)
  • Heketi Community Charter School (K-5; Bronx)
  • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities (9-12; Bronx)
  • New Visions Charter High School for Science and Math (9-12; Bronx)
  • KED Manhattan Charter School (6-8; Manhattan)
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