The Advantages of Charter Schools


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The Advantages of Charter Schools

A significant advantage of living in New York is that we have fantastic school resources. One education choice for New York students that continues to grow is Charter Schools. What is a Charter school, and how do they work?

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are independently-operated public schools accountable for advancing student achievement. This combination of freedom and accountability allows charter teachers to adapt their classrooms based on their students’ needs while pushing for high academic achievement. 

New York City’s 274 charter schools are independent of the New York City Department of Education, but they can be closed if they don’t meet certain student achievement standards.

Charter schools offer students opportunities for academic success that unfortunately cannot be said for some of the city’s public schools.

NYC Charter School Specialized Programs

Prospective Charter school parents can find programs that are specialized for students. Among them, 51 schools have enforced programs specifically designed for students with autism or have a student body where more than 25% of students have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Special Education. And while public and private take the lead in dual language immersion programs Charter schools are starting to add thse programs to ther schools. Currently there are 9 schools that boast dual language programs. The same goes for adding more Pre-k classes to Charter Schools , currently there are a a total of 34 charter schools with pre-K programs.

NYC Charters Do Not Succeed at the Expense of District Schools

A common myth is that as New York’s charter schools succeed, the city’s traditional public schools fail as a result. A 2018 study by the Manhattan Institute concluded that “competition from New York City charter schools has either no effect or a positive effect,” on the city’s traditional public schools.

In fact, district schools have improved significantly as charter schools have spread throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Funding for district schools has also increased as the student population at charter schools has increased over the years.

Charter Schools are Specialized, with No Tuition Costs

Charter teachers adapt their classrooms and teaching methods to the current needs of their students. This freedom in the curriculum, teaching style, school missions and policies resembles that of private schools, enabling charter schools to provide the very best approach to academics that fits their students. Though teachers have flexibility, charter schools are held accountable for high academic achievement levels.

Charter School is a Lottery System

New York City’s charter schools admit students through a lottery system; they can- not select their students. This process gives students from all backgrounds and education levels an equal opportunity to attend and achieve academic success at charter schools.

Charter Students have had Access to Great Schooling. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, charter schools across the five boroughs immediately transitioned to remote learning that adapted to the students in each classrooms’ needs.

75% of New York’s charter schools had created a remote learning procedure before the March 2020 lockdown. Charter students only had to wait an average of three days to begin remote learning after in-person learning was closed.

Both charter students and teachers had the tools to continue learning and teaching from home. 80% of New York charter schools provided students with devices for remote learning before schools were closed and 98% of New York’s charter school teachers had the technology to conduct remote instruction.

Charter schools have been able to keep students accountable and maintain a high level of learning despite COVID-19 and its ramifications on education. 85% of New York’s charter schools continued to introduce new learning content to students through the pandemic and charter schools were three times more likely to take attendance during remote classes com- pared to traditional schools.

Charter schools also expanded non- academic programs such as social-emotional counseling and family outreach during the pandemic. 75% of charter teachers increased their office hours during remote learning and 91% of charter teachers increased their time spent on communication with families during the pandemic.

Learn more about Charter Schools with our Charter School Listings online on our website.

Click on your region to jump to charter schools near you:

Bronx

Advanced Math and Science II

900 Tinton Ave. Bronx

718-665-3671

newvisions.org/ams2

ams2admissions@charter.newvisions.org

Advanced Math and Science II (AMS II) is a nationally recognized, exemplary, high-performing school often described as a family. Every student in the building has an adult they feel close to and can count on. Students are deeply cared for, and rigorous support is offered to ensure all students meet their full potential. AMS II is a place where all students will be challenged to be the best version of themselves.

AECI 1: The New York Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and the Construction Sciences

900 Tinton Ave. Bronx

718-665-3671

newvisions.org/ams2

ams2admissions@charter.newvisions.org

Advanced Math and Science II (AMS II) is a nationally recognized, exemplary, high-performing school often described as a family. Every student in the building has an adult they feel close to and can count on. Students are deeply cared for, and rigorous support is offered to ensure all students meet their full potential. AMS II is a place where all students will be challenged to be the best version of themselves.

Amani Public Charter School

60 S Third Ave., Mount Vernon

amanicharter.org

914-668-2553

btanner@amanicharter.org

The Mission of Amani Public Charter School is to provide 100% of Mount Vernon students who attend the school from 5th-8th grade with the academic and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in competitive high school programs, college, and the career of their choice.

American Dream Charter School

652 W. 187th St.

347-975-2745

theamericandreamschool.org

The American Dream School in Washington Heights, opening in the fall of 2024, offers a distinctive bilingual education, starting with kindergarten and 1st grade and expanding to 5th grade in future years. Committed to academic excellence in Spanish and English, the school aims to cultivate future leaders. Its program focuses on a solid bilingual foundation and life skills development. Ensuring students maintain language proficiency and gain English fluency, applications for this unique educational opportunity are now open!

Atmosphere Academy Public Charter Schools

6th & 7th Grade Campus: 22

Marble Hill Avenue, Bronx

8th Grade Campus: 3700

Independence Avenue, Bronx

9th Grade Campus: 5959

Broadway, Bronx

10th & 11th Grade Campus:

3893 Waldo Avenue, Bronx

718-696-0745

atmosphere.org

Atmosphere Academy is a tuition-free public charter middle and high school in the Marble Hill and Riverdale sections of the Bronx. Atmosphere’s rigorous academic program is intentionally designed to promote experiential learning and provide social-emotional support for our scholars. If you are looking for a high-quality middle school or high school, apply to Atmosphere Academy Today!

Brilla Public Charter Schools

Brilla College Prep Elementary

– 413 E 144th St.

Brilla College Prep Middle School – 230 Alexander Ave.

Brilla Veritas – 600 E 156th St.

Brilla Veritas Middle – 500

Courtlndt Ave,

Brilla Caritas – 2336 Andrews

Ave.

Brilla Pax – 2336 Andrews Ave.

347-273-8439

brillaschools.org

Brilla Public Charter Schools, K-8 schools in the classical tradition, help students to grow intellectually, socially, and physically into young men and women of good character and spirit and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college, and beyond. Still accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Applications for the 2024-25 school year are now available. Families can apply for seats in grades K-8 in Mott Haven, K-6 in Melrose, and K-3 in University Heights.

Broome Street Academy Charter High School

121 Avenue of the Americas

646-969-6797

broomestreetacademy.org

admissions@broomestreetacademy.org

Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school in SoHo, offers a dynamic environment with holistic resources including arts, college, and career programs, co-located with The Door. Social workers provide individualized support and dedicated teachers guide students toward graduation. BSA also offers athletics, clubs, and AP courses. Applications for the 9th-grade lottery for the 2024-2025 school year are open until April 1, 2024, with limited seats available for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students.

Leaders In Our Neighborhood (LION) Charter School

K-8: 730 Bryant Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474

9-12: 830 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474

718-991-5500

admissions@lioncharterschool.org

lioncharterschool.org

Founded in 2006, LION Charter School is a public, K-12, college-preparatory school serving nearly 1,000 students, over 700 families, and more than 600 alumni in the Hunts Point neighborhood. They are the largest independent K-12 charter school in New York City. Their academic and character programming emphasize college and career readiness, social and emotional wellness, and personal growth, to ensure the students receive the support they need to achieve their full potential.

Mott Hall Charter School

1260 Franklin Ave., Bronx

718-991-9139

motthallcs.org

eflores@motthallcs.org

Mott Hall’s mission is to prepare scholars in mind, body, and character to succeed in top high schools, colleges, and careers. Mott Hall offers access to community-based organizations focused on mentoring, adult civics classes, adult ESL classes, engaging online platforms to increase student learning, after-school and Saturday tutoring, art, music, softball, basketball, and much more!

WHIN Music Community Charter School

517 West 164th Street, New York, NY

office@whinmusic.org

844-489-0817

whinmusic.org

WHIN Music Community Charter School is built on the principles of El Sistema

where staff, families, and students work together to ensure every child reaches their full potential.  The school makes academics a priority while also ensuring students’ character and social-emotional growth. With music at the school’s core, students work together to create something bigger than their individual skills, and this approach extends to their classrooms where project-based, hands-on learning cultivates curious, creative, and hardworking children. Visit the website for more information and Apply for 2024-25 at whinmusic.org.

Zeta Charter Schools

Zeta Bronx Mount Eden Early Childhood School

1325 Jerome Ave.

Zeta Bronx Mount Eden

Elementary School

1475 Macombs Rd.

Zeta Bronx Tremont Park

Elementary School

1910 Arthur Ave.

Zeta South Bronx Elementary

School

425 Westchester Ave.

Zeta Bronx Middle School

425 Westchester Ave.

716-226-0192

zetaschools.org

apply@zetaschools.org

Zeta schools are free, high-performing schools that combine a caring, whole-child approach and world-class academics with unrivaled opportunities for students to discover joy through art, dance, chess, music, sports and Taekwondo. Zeta’s approach helps students develop the confidence, awareness, and knowledge to prepare them for future access and leadership. Zeta’s Bronx schools will serve children from Pre-K through 7th grade for the 2024-25 school year and grow by a grade each year to eventually serve students through 12th grade.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Locations throughout Brooklyn

(CSD 13 &15)

718-643-1086 ext 4016

brooklynprospect.org

Brooklyn Prospect is a K-12 college preparatory network of seven schools where excellent educators support a diverse community of learners to explore their passions, make positive social change, and achieve strong academic outcomes. Brooklyn Prospect Schools is an International Baccalaureate (IB) world school community with the purpose of giving students the education they need to thrive in a global community. Brooklyn Prospect’s outstanding results can be credited to what happens when world class academics are combined with a commitment to racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity in the classroom. In addition to outstanding music, arts, and theatre enrichment classes, all Prospect Schools have after-school programming until 6 PM every day and invest in students’ physical and mental well-being with outdoor activities, sports, and socio-emotional curriculum built into every school day.

Broome Street Academy Charter High School

121 Avenue of the Americas

646-969-6797

broomestreetacademy.org

admissions@broomestreetacademy.org

Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school in SoHo, offers a dynamic environment with holistic resources including arts, college, and career programs, co-located with The Door. Social workers provide individualized support and dedicated teachers guide students toward graduation. BSA also offers athletics, clubs, and AP courses. Applications for the 9th-grade lottery for the 2024-2025 school year are open until April 1,2024 with limited seats available for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

Explore Schools

Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush, & Canarsie

718- 989-6730

exploreschools.org/enroll

exploreschools.org

Explore Schools of Brooklyn has committed to the charge of providing students with the academic skills and critical thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college preparatory high school. They serve students in grades Kindergarten through 8 across central Brooklyn, NY.  Their curriculum is aligned to the common core, and they are committed to creating a culturally responsive program, and provide special education services. Their academic program is strong, as more of their students perform proficiently or higher on NYS Exams than other city and district public schools. Now enrolling for the current and upcoming school year welcome you to join their growing community.

Hellenic Classical Charter School

646 5th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

hccs-nys.org

718-499-0957

The Hellenic Classical Charter Schools provide their diverse student populations with a rigorous education enriched with the classical study of the Greek and Latin languages, Paideia Socratic Seminars, and career and college ready curriculum, preparing students for long term academic success.  HCCS-Park Slope was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019. HCCS ranks among the top New York City charter schools and is designated a Repeat Reward School and High Performing School by the New York State Education Department.

Williamsburg Charter High School

198 Varet St., Brooklyn

347-217-6995

thewcs.org

admissions@thewcs.org

WCHS unites youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to become citizens of the local and global community. Students at WCHS accomplish this through participation in a liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the visual and performing arts, technology and explorations in justice, independent thinking, respect and compassion for themselves and others as well as critical thinking, communication and research.

Manhattan

American Dream Charter School

652 W. 187th St.

347-975-2745

theamericandreamschool.org

The American Dream School in Washington Heights, opening fall 2024, offers a distinctive bilingual education, starting with Kindergarten and 1st Grade and expanding to 5th Grade in future years. Committed to academic excellence in Spanish and English, the school aims to cultivate future leaders. Its program focuses on a solid bilingual foundation and life skills development. Ensuring students maintain language proficiency and gain English fluency, applications for this unique educational opportunity are now open!

Broome Street Academy Charter High School

121 Avenue of the Americas

646-969-6797

broomestreetacademy.org

admissions@broomestreetacademy.org

Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school in SoHo, offers a dynamic environment with holistic resources including arts, college, and career programs, co-located with The Door. Social workers provide individualized support and dedicated teachers guide students toward graduation. BSA also offers athletics, clubs, and AP courses. Applications for the 9th-grade lottery for the 2024-2025 school year are open until April 1,2024 with limited seats available for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School

2041 Madison Ave.

212-328-9370

capitalprepharlem.org

info@capitalprepharlem.org

Capital Prep Harlem is a public, tuition-free charter school providing children grades 6-12 with a rigorous college preparatory education with a social justice lens. Capital Prep’s mission is to equip scholars with the college and career readiness skills to succeed in college and beyond, and exists to change the narrative that a child’s race, zip code, or socio-economic status defines their capacity to achieve. 100% of Capital Prep graduates have been accepted to 4-year colleges.

East Harlem Scholars Academy I Elementary School

2050 2nd Ave.

212-897-2897, Extension 2304

East Harlem Scholars Academy II Elementary School

1573 Madison Ave.

212-348-2518

East Harlem Scholars Academy Middle School

2050 Second Ave.

212-897-2897 Ext. 1101

East Harlem Scholars Academy High School

1 East 104th St.

212-897-2898, Extension 1104

EastHarlemScholars.org

enrollment@eastharlemscholars

East Harlem Scholars Academy Schools prepare students with the academic skills, strength of character, and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college. Scholars Academies are operated by EHTP, a community-based organization that has been providing educational opportunities since 1958. With a community that fosters a culture of learning, service, kindness, and respect. It incorporates responsive classroom and restorative practices to create joyful, academically challenging classes where children feel safe and valued. A new 70,000 sq. ft. high school building will open in 2024, enhancing the school’s  commitment to students and success.

Manhattan Charter Schools

100 Attorney St.

212-533-2753

manhattancharterschool.org

info@manhattancharterschool.org

Manhattan Charter School operates two schools on the Lower East Side, committed to providing its students with the tools and support necessary for success. MCS provides students a rigorous curriculum of core subjects to ensure high levels of academic achievement. They are committed to offering a well-rounded education designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students receive music instruction every day. Other enrichment programs include French, art, physical education, and technology.

New York City Charter School of the Arts

26 Broadway, 12th Floor

646-793-6320

cityschoolofthearts.org/learnmore

aengus@cityschoolofthearts.org

Education Redefined and Revolutionized: New York City Charter School of the Arts is the only NY public charter middle school (Grades 6-8) dedicated to the synergy of artistic, academics, and social/emotional learning as a model for whole child education. Their focus on multiple perspectives gives students a rich experience and prepares them for a wide range of high school opportunities. Applications are open.

WHIN Music Community Charter School

517 West 164th Street, New York, NY

office@whinmusic.org

844-489-0817

whinmusic.org

WHIN Music Community Charter School is built on the principles of El Sistema where staff, families, and students work together to ensure every child reaches their full potential. The school makes academics a priority while also ensuring students’ character and social-emotional growth. With music at the school’s core, students work together to create something bigger than their individual skills, and this approach extends to their classrooms where project-based, hands-on learning cultivates curious, creative, and hardworking children. Visit the website for more information and Apply for 2024-25 at whinmusic.org.

Zeta Charter Schools – Manhattan

Zeta Inwood Elementary School

401 West 218th St.

Zeta Manhattan Middle School

401 West 218th St.

716-226-0192

zetaschools.org

apply@zetaschools.org

Zeta schools are free, high- performing schools that combine a caring whole-child approach and world-class academics with unrivaled opportunities for students to discover joy through art, dance, chess, music, sports, and Taekwondo. Zeta’s approach helps students develop the confidence, awareness, and knowledge for future access and leadership. Zeta’s Manhattan schools will serve children from Pre-K through 7th grade for the 2024-25 school year, and grow by a grade each year to eventually serve students through 12th grade.

Queens

Advanced Math and Science IV

156-10 Baisley Blvd, South Jamaica, NY, 11434

718-525-2041

newvisions.org/ams4

ams4pride@charter.newvisions.org

AMS IV’s is a STEAM school where the culture is centered on PRIDE – Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence. Their scholars experience a family-like atmosphere that prioritizes project-based learning and supports their Social and Emotional needs. Through an advisory structure, staff ensures a strong connection between the school community and families. AMS IV offers scholar supports that foster life skills beyond graduation; by way of courses focused in College & Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Health& Wellness.

Broome Street Academy Charter High School

121 Avenue of the Americas

646-969-6797

broomestreetacademy.org

admissions@broomestreetacademy.org

Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school in SoHo, offers a dynamic environment with holistic resources including arts, college, and career programs, co-located with The Door. Social workers provide individualized support and dedicated teachers guide students toward graduation. BSA also offers athletics, clubs, and AP courses. Applications for the 9th-grade lottery for the 2024-2025 school year are open until April 1,2024 with limited seats available for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

The Renaissance Charter School

35-59 81st Street

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

718-803-0060

TRCSinfo@rencharter.org

rencharters.org

TRCS believes in educating the whole child. They believe that happy students are more motivated to learn and lead. They’re small by design, and students there form friendships that last a lifetime. They offer visual arts, drama, and music, plus Mandarin in elementary school and Spanish / Spanish Heritage in middle and high school. Enrichment programs begin in kindergarten and continue through high school. Their ELA and math tutoring programs support ongoing, academic growth customized to each student.

The Renaissance Charter School 2

45-20 83rd Street

Elmhurst, NY 11373

917- 242-3505

info@rencharter2.org

rencharters.org

TRCS 2 in Elmhurst is fully committed to the principles of humanistic leadership, global citizenship, and strong academics. During a visit to their new facility, you’ll witness students engaged in hands-on learning, starting with morning meeting (lower school) and advisory (high school). Children thrive in their welcoming school community through student services such as social workers, ELL teachers, a parent coordinator, and a small teacher-to-student ratio. For 2024-2025, they will offer grades K-6th, 9th, and 10th grades.

Staten Island

Bridge Prep Charter School

715 Ocean Terrace

718-274-3437

bridgeprepcharter.org

info@bridgeprepcharter.org

Bridge Prep Charter School is a diverse community of learners that serves elementary school students from every zip code across Staten Island. As the city’s only public school that is both rooted in the Science of Reading and committed to the development of the whole child, Bridge Prep’s unique, rigorous academic program has a proven track record of success in improving literacy outcomes and supporting language development for learners at all levels.

Hellenic Classical Charter Schools

1641 Richmond Avenue

hccs-nys.org

718-499-0957

The Hellenic Classical Charter Schools provide their diverse student populations with a rigorous education enriched with the classical study of the Greek and Latin languages, Paideia Socratic Seminars, and career and college ready curriculum, preparing students for long term academic success.  HCCS-Park Slope was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019. HCCS ranks among the top New York City charter schools and is designated a Repeat Reward School and High Performing School by the New York State Education Department.

New World Preparatory Charter School

285 Clove Road

718-705-8990 Ext. 211

sgonzalez@newworldprep.org

newworldprep.org

New World Preparatory Charter School (NWP) is a public college preparatory charter school serving kindergarten through 8th Grade. NWP’s Guiding Values are Pride, Respect, Excellence, and Purpose. NWP supports the academic, social and emotional needs of their students. They primarily serve the North Shore Community of Staten Island. Lottery preference is given to scholars who come from a home where English is not the primary language spoken in the home. NWP’s new building will be open in 2024.

Staten Island Hebrew Public Charter School

829 Father Capodanno Blvd.

347-694-5090

hebrewpublic.org/schools/staten-island

info@sihebrewpublic.org

Staten Island Hebrew Public is a tuition-free charter school open to students of all backgrounds. Serving the community in a state-of-the-art facility in Midland Beach, our school fosters a culture of academic excellence. At Staten Island Hebrew Public, students receive daily instruction in Modern Hebrew, coupled with rigorous literacy, math, and science programming. With a focus on global citizenship, they provide a holistic educational experience to ensure future success for every student.

Westchester

Amani Public Charter School

60 S Third Ave., Mount Vernon

amanicharter.org

914-668-2553

btanner@amanicharter.org

The Mission of Amani Public Charter School is to provide 100% of Mount Vernon students who attend the school from 5th-8th grade with the academic and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in competitive high school programs, college, and the career of their choice.

The Charter School of Educational Excellence

260 Warburton Ave, Yonkers

914-476-5070

charterschoolofeducational-excellence.org

The Charter School of Educational Excellence (CSEE) is a regional charter school open to students in grades k-12 who reside in Westchester, Rockland, and Bronx counties. In partnership with parents, teachers, and community, CSEE instills in students a passion for learning to be critical thinkers, leaders, and lifelong learners. Their curriculum fosters a healthy body and mind course of study that has been recognized by the NYS Department of Education as an “Exceptional School” for its academic program.

Additional reporting by: Hannah Mallard



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