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Charter School’s Mission to Serve City’s Most Vulnerable Quantified in Lottery Results

New York, NY- The Children’s Aid Society announced today the numbers behind its inaugural lottery for the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. Seventy percent of the 507 students who applied for kindergarten and first grade next year came from families that were unable to make ends meet without public or private assistance (the NY self-sufficiency standard); and 69% of the applicants identified as English language learners. In a first-of-its kind lottery system, the lottery gave preference to particularly needy children by granting additional entries to kids who met certain criteria.

“Many of these children start with less than most of us can imagine,” said Richard Buery, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society.  “While we don’t presume to fix all of a child’s problems when they come from such difficult backgrounds, our holistic and supportive approach to education is specifically designed to reach and nourish these kids. We know that education is the way out of poverty and we look forward to providing them that opportunity at Children’s Aid College Prep.”

Applicants were given an additional entry if they qualified in any of the following categories:

  • live in Community School District 12
  • come from single-parent households
  • are English language learners
  • involved in the child welfare system
  • from households living below the NY self-sufficiency standard (families are unable to make ends meet without public or private assistance)
  • did not attend full-day kindergarten (1st grade applicants only)

 

Entry Category Total Apps Percentage
Kindergarten: 271 53%
1st Grade: 236 47%
CAS Affiliation: 476 94%
General Public: 31 6%
CSD #12: 203 40%
Child Welfare: 64 13%
ELL's: 348 69%
No Full Day K: 59 25%*
Self Sufficiency: 354 70%
Single Parent: 329 65%

 

*1st grade applicants only

# of Preferences Total Apps Percentage
6 1 0%
5 14 3%
4 106 21%
3 160 32%
2 115 23%
1 66 13%
0 14 3%
Unknown 31 6%
Total 507 100%

Children’s Aid College Prep, located in the South Bronx, is the first charter school 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 school will serve 120 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade and eventually approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. 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.

Contact: Alex Howe, (w) 212-260-8813, (c) 202- 271-7997, ahowe@globalstrategygroup.com

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About The Children’s Aid Society
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.

The Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School to Hold May 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, May 2, 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.

Trustees will receive school development updates (including lottery, facilities, and hiring), and discuss school financials and fundraising expectations.

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.

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott Announce the Opening of 54 New Schools Including Children's Aid College Prep

On Tuesday, April 17th, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced the opening of 54 new schools for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. Children's Aid College Prep is among the 24 charter and 30 district schools to open for the first time this fall.

The announcement took place at Washington Irving High School and was attended by 30 new principals, including Children's Aid College Prep's own Ife Lenard. The Mayor and Chancellor took the opportunity to discuss the important role of new schools in providing innovative curricula that give young people the necessary skills to navigate college and the 21st century workforce. Chancellor Walcott remarked, "As we’ve seen over the past decade, new schools have changed thousands of lives in New York City for the better, helping more students graduate and prepare for college and careers.” The Chancellor's comments align directly with Children's Aid College Prep's mission to "ensure that children are on the path to college graduation early."

Click here to learn more about the mission and goals of Children's Aid College Prep. A complete recap of Mayor's announcement is available on the Department of Education site.

Lottery Randomly Fills Coveted Spots for Children's Aid College Prep Charter School

(Above: Ife Lenard, Children's Aid College Prep principal)

The nervous excitement could be felt up and down Southern Boulevard yesterday as big things were happening inside The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center where a new generation of students was randomly selected at the inaugural lottery of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. Over 400 applications of promising youngsters were received by The Children’s Aid Society and the randomized drawing gave preference to particularly needy students who came from a single-parent household, have not attended a full-day kindergarten and who are English language learners among other criteria.

One of the parents in attendance was Jessica Ortiz, a Children’s Aid Society Ambassador and whose children have participated in CAS programs throughout their lives. Her youngest son will be attending 1st grade at Children’s Aid College prep this fall. “I can’t believe we got picked — it’s very exciting and I’m glad that he can go to a school where his needs can be better met,” said Ortiz.

The school will begin serving 120 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade this coming August and will eventually serve 300 through 5th grade. 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.

Photos Courtesy of Lily Kesselman.

Learn more at the Children's Aid College Prep Charter School website and in the following media stories:

New York Times School Book | CBS New York

Watch these video clips to see the excitement of the lottery firsthand:

Listen to this clip from 101WINS news radio:

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The Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School to Hold April 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, April 4, 2012 from 6-8pm 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.

Trustees will review the development presentation, Financials Report, Trustee expectations, management agreement,  and school development updates.

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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