Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is a Children’s Aid Society community school whose mission is to prepare elementary school students for success in middle school, high school, college and life by providing them with a rigorous instructional experience; addressing their physical, emotional and social needs; fostering a sense of pride and hope; and serving as a safe and engaging community hub.
Children’s Aid College Prep will recruit students who live in Community School District 12 (CSD 12). As a public school, Children’s Aid College Prep is open to all children and through targeted student recruitment efforts and a lottery process, the school will make a particular effort to serve a diverse student population with an emphasis on attracting students who:
• reside in CSD 12
• reside in single parent households,
• reside in households that live below the New York self-sufficiency standard,
• have NOT attended a full-day kindergarten,
• are English language learners, and/or
• have been involved in the child welfare system.
Children’s Aid College Prep opened its doors in August 2012 to its inaugural kindergarten and first grade class. The school will add a grade a year until it is serving K-5 students.
The Children’s Aid Society has worked with New York City children and families for 160 years and has partnered with the New York City Department of Education for more than 20 years to establish community schools in Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. In these community schools, Children’s Aid provides: medical, mental health and dental services; expanded learning opportunities such as after-school and summer programs; family engagement and education activities; and direct legal and material assistance to struggling families. Integrating and coordinating health, social and educational services has generated positive outcomes for students and families.
Children’s Aid College Prep delivers these critical services in addition to a high-quality instructional program for its students, thereby building on The Children’s Aid Society’s many years of experience. Children’s Aid College Prep reflects the organization’s deep and enduring commitment to the Bronx and will join Children’s Aid’s four existing district community schools, its comprehensive health clinic, community center for teens and family support services in the neighborhood.