Saturday, May 22, 2010

NYC Hopefully Opening a New School.

So I recieved an e-mail from one of my staff members,which clearly states:

Greetings from The Door. As you might be aware, The Door submitted an application to start a new charter high school through the State University of New York’s Charter Schools Institute. Our school, The Broome Street Academy, would work in partnership with The Door to provide education and support services to New York City’s most vulnerable youth, specifically students who are or have ever been enrolled in the child welfare system, who are homeless, or who are graduating from a middle school where over 50% of students perform below grade level on the state-wide exams. OUR MISSION: The Broome Street Academy Charter High School will prepare vulnerable young people to graduate with a Regents diploma through a rigorous curriculum that is grounded in the principles of positive youth development.

Last week, we were notified that we are moving forward to the second step in this highly competitive and rigorous process. This means that SUNY determined that our proposal met all of the requirements necessary to run an excellent school. In July, we will meet face-to-face with the authorizers to share our vision and answer their questions.

While we remain incredibly confident in our application in its current form, we are seeking to bolster our presentation by identifying more adults and parents who support us. Currently, we have 274 signatures in support of the charter school! We are requesting your help in identifying parents who support our model and have children who will be eligible for enrollment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: We are looking to secure the support of parents who have a child who will graduate 8th grade by July 2011. (This would mean that the child is likely in 7th grade right now.) We need parents to sign the attached petition indicating that they support us. (There are English and Chinese language versions of the petitions attached.) All personal information is for presentation to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute and shall not be made available publicly. The petitions must be returned to us by June 11.

· So, if you know parents who fit the requirements, please ask for their support.

· If you support our model, feel free to sign.

· If you have any thoughts about where we might go to pitch our proposal to parents, please let us know.

-If every staff member was able to secure just one or two signatures, we’d be improving our presentation immensely and possibly building our way to our very first class…

*HOW TO LEARN MORE: If you’d like to learn more about The Broome Street Academy, you can read our Executive Summary (attached). Or you can read what Jeremy Kaplan, Director of Education Services at The Door and charter school planning team leader, thinks about our future plans:

-If you have petitions to share, questions, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach me by email, office x3295, or cell 917-435-0100. Thank you.

“At The Door, we see 16- and 17-year-olds seeking GEDs and younger students teetering on the edge. They can’t navigate a traditional path to success because there are so many restrictions and regulations that are simply prohibitive given the other stuff going on in their lives. These kids literally have nowhere to go... No one knows this population of disconnected young people like we do, and no one is doing more to address their needs." – Jeremy Kaplan

Gregory J Morris
Chief of Staff
The Door
121 Ave of Americas
NYC 10013
(o) 212-941-9090 x3295
(c) 917-435-0100
(f) 212-941-0714

The mission of The Door is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.

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