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Gotham Schools Article Brings Charter School Vision to Life

Rachel Cromidas, a reporter for Gotham Schools, joined Richard Buery and other Children's Aid officials on a tour of the space currently being renovated for the Children's Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx. Ife Lenard, the school's founding Principal and Alex Jerez, Director of Operations, were on hand to lead the group through a mental journey of what the gutted third floor classrooms will look like when they welcome 130 kindergarten and 1st grade students in late August.

In the article, Richard Buery, President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society, commented on the important reciprocal relationship between school and community: "It’s also about deepening our investment in this community. It will hopefully make us a better neighbor and make the community stronger.” Click the link below to read the complete article and view a slide show of images showing the ongoing renovations.

Read the full article here.

Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School to Hold August Board of Trustees Meeting

New York, NY – The Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School (CASCCS) will be holding its next meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6 at 105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY in the Executive Conference Room, Suite 102.

Trustee meetings are subject to the public notification requirements of the Open Meetings Law.

Complete agenda will follow.

Slated to open in August 2012 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, Children's Aid College Prep will open serving 120 Kindergarten and 1st grade students. The school will add one grade each year until it reaches its full size as a K-5 school. The school will be a full-service community school that seeks to serve students and families who live in CSD 12 with a rigorous academic program supplemented by a range of enrichment and support services to promote student success. In addition to tapping into the strengths that students will bring with them to school, the CAS-CCS will make serving the needs of students who are English Language Learners, at-risk of academic failure, and/or currently involved in the child welfare system a special priority.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Drema Brown, The Children's Aid Society’s Vice President of Education, at 718-860-8566 or dremab@childrensaidsociety.org.

Children’s Aid Society Applauds State Test Results

NEW YORK, July 19, 2012 – On Monday, New York State released results from annual math and English exams showing that New York City charter schools continue to exceed progress in non-charter schools across the City.

With gains of 3.5 points in math proficiency and 7 points in English, New York City’s charter school results are nearly 25% and over 50% higher respectively than citywide averages. Charter schools are also helping to close persistent racial and ethnic achievement gaps.

James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, said, “These results reflect another strong performance for New York City charter schools and show once again why parental demand for charters continues to climb across the city. Most striking is how much the city's charter schools are narrowing the racial and ethnic achievement gaps with more affluent schools across the state. Even though New York City charter schools serve students who are overwhelmingly disadvantaged economically and largely African-American and Hispanic, they are proficient in math at nearly the same rate as white students are across New York. In English Language Arts, proficiency rates for African-American and Hispanic charter school students exceed New York City district school averages by more than ten percentage points.”

Ife Lenard, Principal of Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, said, “The charter school movement is all about high accountability and parent choice. As a charter school, if we do less than what's expected, then it's dishonorable to the charter movement. Furthermore, students generate our salaries and to do less for them is theft of service. It’s so important to keep our promise to give our very best to some of the most vulnerable children in New York."

Children’s Aid College Prep in the South Bronx is the first for The Children’s Aid Society and will implement a community school model proven effective in improving academic performance, increasing attendance and retention, building confidence and self-esteem and addressing an extreme need for health services among poor children. Community schools differ from other schools because they provide comprehensive services for children, including medical, dental, and mental health services, after-school programming, summer camps and family support services. Children’s Aid College Prep will incorporate community school best practices with a newly designed, rigorous instructional program that puts students on a college-bound path early.

The Children’s Aid Society, one of New York City’s oldest and most trusted social service organizations, will open Children’s Aid Charter Prep on August 29, 2012. The school will serve 132 kindergarten and first-grade students and will prioritize students who are English language learners, at-risk of academic failure and/or currently involved in the child welfare system. The school’s mission is to ensure that children will achieve academic success by providing them with the best instructional practices, advancing their physical, emotional, and social needs, fostering a sense of pride and hope, and serving as a safe and engaging community hub.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City.  Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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The Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School to Hold July Board of Trustees Meeting

New York, NY – The Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School (CASCCS) will be holding its next meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 6 at 105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY in the Executive Conference Room, Suite 102.

Trustee meetings are subject to the public notification requirements of the Open Meetings Law.

The agenda will include:

Agenda will include:

1.) Principal updates and presentation

  • Student enrollment
  • School Calendar
  • Educational plan
  • School Culture plan
  • Staff/New Hire bios
  • Key operational updates: facilities, school set-up

2.) Development Pipeline Report

  • Whelan Group
  • Proposals of potential Trustees

3.) Finalizing the Management Agreement

4.) Plan for School Support and Supervision

Slated to open in August 2012 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, Children's Aid College Prep will open serving 120 Kindergarten and 1st grade students. The school will add one grade each year until it reaches its full size as a K-5 school. The school will be a full-service community school that seeks to serve students and families who live in CSD 12 with a rigorous academic program supplemented by a range of enrichment and support services to promote student success. In addition to tapping into the strengths that students will bring with them to school, the CAS-CCS will make serving the needs of students who are English Language Learners, at-risk of academic failure, and/or currently involved in the child welfare system a special priority.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Drema Brown, The Children's Aid Society’s Vice President of Education, at 718-860-8566 or dremab@childrensaidsociety.org.

The Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School to Hold June Board of Trustees Meeting

New York, NY – The Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School (CASCCS) will be holding its next meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6 at 105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY in the Executive Conference Room, Suite 102.

Trustee meetings are subject to the public notification requirements of the Open Meetings Law.

Slated to open in August 2012 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, Children's Aid College Prep will open serving 120 Kindergarten and 1st grade students. The school will add one grade each year until it reaches its full size as a K-5 school. The school will be a full-service community school that seeks to serve students and families who live in CSD 12 with a rigorous academic program supplemented by a range of enrichment and support services to promote student success. In addition to tapping into the strengths that students will bring with them to school, the CAS-CCS will make serving the needs of students who are English Language Learners, at-risk of academic failure, and/or currently involved in the child welfare system a special priority.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Drema Brown, The Children's Aid Society’s Vice President of Education, at 718-860-8566 or dremab@childrensaidsociety.org.

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