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Children's Aid Society Announces Principal for New Charter School

Ife Lenard hails from the #1 charter school in New York state!

Children's Aid College Prep to institute holistic approach to create and sustain success of at-risk students.

New York, NY- The Children’s Aid Society announced today that Ife Lenard, an innovative and successful educator with more than 18 years of experience as a master teacher and school leader in New York City, will become the founding principal of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. Lenard hails from Bronx Charter School for Excellence (BCSE) where she served as Assistant Principal/Dean of Students and was the instructional leader for the highest performing 5th grade class with a 96% proficiency in math.

“My goal for Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is to deliver cohesive instructional programs and a progressive school culture that upholds the Children's Aid Society promise,” said Lenard. “The best way to set children up for long-term success is to cultivate a solid learning community coupled with meaningful social, after-school and parent engagement programs. This will be cornerstones for the school.”
 
Richard Buery, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, said “As the first principal of our charter school, Ms. Lenard brings a true commitment to the holistic approach of educating children and providing them with supports outside of class, as well as a proven track record in helping students achieve academic excellence.”
 
The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is accepting applications for a first-of-its-kind lottery system for K-1 through April 2, 2012. The lottery is open to all students, but will give preference to particularly needy children, such as those from a single-parent household, from a household living below the NY self-sufficiency standard, who did not attend full-day kindergarten, who are English language learners and those who have been in the child welfare system. The school will open in August 2012.
 
Children’s Aid College Prep, located in the Morrisania neighborhood 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 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.

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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 March 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, March 7, 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 discuss follow-up to the February 2nd networking event and the Principal contract, review proposed Goals and Outcomes, discuss Trustee nomination process and receive updates on key school development benchmarks.

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.

 

Outreach and Recruitment Campaign Launches in the South Bronx

In order to ensure that the school will meet the needs in the Morrisania community, staff and volunteers have launched a public outreach campaign and student recruitment effort. You’ll see our advertisements and flyers soon at bus stops, community centers and in local newspapers. Download the flyers here to share with anyone who might be interested in applying.

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The Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School to Hold February 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, February 1, 2012 from 12-2pm 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 updates on Principal selection, school dashboard discussion, school development updates and the February 2nd networking event.

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.

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, email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

 

The Children’s Aid Society Community Charter School to Hold January Board of Trustees Meeting

New York, NY – The Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society Community Charter School (CASCCS) will be holding its next meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2011 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 receive updates on school development priorities, finalize school name, vision, and mission in accordance with SUNY recommendations, discuss Board expectations, discuss/plan the February 2nd networking/launch event and overall development strategy and review the program dashboard.

Slated to open in August 2012 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, The CAS-CCS 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.

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, email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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