SUNY Trustees Approve Nine New Charter Schools

October 29, 2013

Eight new charter schools approved for New York City; One school approved for Rochester

New York — Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Trustees' Charter Schools Committee, acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, yesterday approved four resolutions to establish nine new charter schools: eight in New York City – in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan; and, one in Rochester. All schools approved yesterday will open in the fall of 2014.

Yesterday's decision brings the total number of SUNY authorized charter schools in operation or approved to open across New York State to 125 schools. SUNY charter schools currently serve over 35,000 New York students and their families.

Brief summaries of each new school follow. A detailed Summary of Findings and Recommendations report for each is available at:

  • Achievement First Brooklyn Academy Charter School (Brooklyn) will open in August 2014 with 180 students in Kindergarten and 1st grades. The school would grow one grade each year to a total of 522 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade under the current charter term. In subsequent charter terms the school seeks, subject to approval, to enroll students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in three academies at the elementary, middle and high school level.

Achievement First Brooklyn Academy Charter School will build on the success of Achievement First – Bushwick Charter School, also authorized by the SUNY Trustees. The board of Achievement First Bushwick would oversee the school and continue to contract with Achievement First, Inc., a Connecticut non-profit charter management organization, to provide management services to the school.

The planned educational model includes: data-driven instruction to address learning gaps; more time on task; high-quality training for school leaders and teachers; and partnering with parents to support the academic success of students. The school is seeking to be co-located in an existing district school building in New York City Community School District 19.

  • Family Life Academy III (Bronx) will build on the success of Family Life Academy and Family Life Academy II, also authorized by the SUNY Trustees. The mission of Family Life Academy III is to “create the conditions for self-empowerment for all its K-8 students to achieve high academic standards, help them take responsibility for their own learning and encourage them to explore and affirm human values.”

The school will open in the fall 2014 serving 100 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. One grade each year will be added until the school reaches maximum enrollment of 300 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade in its current charter period. Plans to expand through 8th grade would occur in a subsequent charter period if approved.

Key design elements of the educational model include: a rigorous academic program that is paired with demanding achievement standards; school traditions to foster a culture of success; and organizational structures that ensure extended time for literacy and math and student tutoring.

  • PUC Achieve Charter School (Rochester) will open in August 2014 with 100 students in 5th grade under the management of PUC National, a non-profit corporation that currently manages 13 schools in California. One grade per year will be added over the course of the current charter term until the school reaches maximum enrollment of 400 students in 5th through 8th grade.

The school is committed to providing a “personalized learning environment in which students work for, and achieve mastery of, the most rigorous academic standards while discovering and cultivating their unique gifts and talents.”

PUC Achieve plans to offer a small, nurturing learning environment that provides data-driven instruction. Additionally, the school plans to infuse art and physical education into the academic program, provide an extended day program and offer address students' social-emotional needs.

  • Success Academy Charter Schools New York 1-6 (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Queens) will open each proposed school in the fall of 2014 serving 190 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each year over the course of the charter term, Success Academies will add one grade until maximum enrollment is reached at 675 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade in each school.Success Academies plans to expand, if approved, through 12th grade in subsequent charter terms.

Key elements of the academic program include: data-driven curriculum; extended school day and year; intensive intervention programs for struggling students; and specialized supports for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). The addition of these schools builds on the academic success of 18 SUNY authorized charter schools managed by Success Academy Charter Schools, Inc., a Delaware non-profit organization.

The six schools would be overseen by the board of trustees for Success NYC that currently oversees 11 other schools. Each school seeks to be co-located in existing district school buildings in New York City Community School Districts 2 (Manhattan), 8 (Bronx), 21 and 22 (Brooklyn) and 27 and 29 (Bronx).

SUNY is the largest charter school authorizer in New York State and the largest university-based charter school authorizer in the country. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute was created by the SUNY Board of Trustees to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under the New York Charter Schools Act. Guided by the rigorous standards set by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Institute's oversight of SUNY authorized charter schools is comprehensive, including: evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools; ongoing oversight and evaluation of operating schools; conducting a comprehensive evaluation when a school applies to renew its charter; and reporting to the school and the public on each school's performance and progress.

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