Second Annual Renewal Recognition Ceremony
SUNY College of Optometry, May 6, 2008

Six Public Charter Schools Honored for Receiving SUNY’s Highest Level of Renewal: A Full-Term, Five-Year Renewal Without Conditions

   
   
   

On Tuesday, May 6th, the State University of New York Board of Trustees’ Committee on Charter Schools, along with the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, honored six SUNY authorized charter schools for achieving the highest level of renewal the Trustees can bestow: a full-term, five-year renewal without conditions. The ceremony was held at the SUNY College of Optometry following the Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting.

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Quick Links to Event Photos of Honored Schools:

- Bronx Charter School for Better Learning (Bronx)

- Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School (Brooklyn)

- Family Life Academy Charter School (Manhattan)

- Harlem Village Academy Charter School (Manhattan)

- King Center Charter School (Buffalo)

- KIPP S.T.A.R. College Prep Charter School (Manhattan)

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Bronx Charter School for Better Learning currently serves 286 students in the 1st - 5th grades. The school will add a Kindergarten next year. Over its initial charter term, the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning has consistently outperformed its local district and similar schools state-wide.

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Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School currently serves 692 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school has outperformed other schools located in its school district and was previously named by the State Education Department as a “high performing/gap closing” school for its performance through 2006.

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Family Life Academy Charter School, located in the Bronx (New York), currently serves 290 students in Kindergarten through 5th grades.  Family Life Academy far outperformed the local school district and performed better than predicted in comparison to similar schools statewide. Of note, the Family Life Academy Charter School has the highest percentage of students who qualify for free lunch (95%) of any SUNY authorized charter school.  Further, the school enrolls significantly more students who are English Language Learners than the Community School District in which it resides (41.7% vs. 23.2% for 2006-07).

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Harlem Village Academy Charter School, located in Manhattan, currently serves 233 students in 5th through 9th grades. Harlem Village Academy has outperformed the local school district and the city on the New York State Testing Program assessments in English language arts and mathematics. In addition, 90 percent of all the 8th graders at the school passed the Regents Mathematics A examination.

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King Center Charter School (“King Center”), located in Buffalo, New York, currently serves 105 students in Kindergarten through the 4th grades. King Center has posted strong results on the New York State assessments in English language arts and mathematics, meeting its Accountability Plan goals in both of these subjects.

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KIPP S.T.A.R. College Prep Charter School, located in Manhattan, currently serves 270 students in 5th through 8th grade. During the renewal charter period, KIPP STAR far outperformed other schools in the local school district and has performed much higher than predicted in comparison to schools state-wide with similar family income levels.

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The First Annual Renewal Recognition Ceremony was held on May 23, 2007 at the SUNY College of Optometry. The following nine schools were honored:

- Bronx Preparatory Charter School;

- Carl C. Icahn Charter School;

- Child Development Center of the Hamptons;

- Community Partnership Charter School;

- Harbor Science and Arts Charter School;

- Our World Neighborhood Charter School;

- Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem;

- South Buffalo Charter School;

- Tapestry Charter School

To view information and photos from last year's events, please click here.                     

 

 


Institute Senior Vice President
Dr. Jennifer Sneed
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Institute Associate Vice President

Kim Wechtenhiser
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SUNY Board of Trustees
Vice Chairman and Committee
on Charter Schools Chairman
Randy A. Daniels

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NYS Assistant Deputy
Secretary for Education
Duffy Palmer
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SUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairman and Committee on Charter Schools Chairman Randy A. Daniels; Trustee and Committee on Charter Schools Member Edward F. Cox; and Trustee Gerri Warren-Merrick
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Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School Principal Dr. Thomas G. DeMarco and Institute VP for Accountability
Dr. Ron Miller
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Family Life Academy Charter School Principal Marilyn Calo and New York State Education Department Regional Associate Dr. Lisa Long
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Harlem Village Academy Charter High School Principal Nick Timpone and Village Academies Family and Community Outreach Director
Clesont Mitchell
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Bronx Charter School for Better Learning Executive Director Theodore Swartz and Institute Senior
VP Dr. Jennifer Sneed
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SUNY Associate Vice Chancellor Aimee Bernstein and NYS Assistant Deputy Secretary for Education
Duffy Palmer
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Family Life Academy Charter School Board Member Raymond Rivera, SUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairman and Committee on Charter Schools Chairman Randy A. Daniels, and Family Life Academy Charter School Board Chair Francisco Lugovina
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Institute VP for Accountability Dr. Ron Miller and King Center Charter School Director Dr. Claity P. Massey
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Bronx Charter School for Better Learning Board Members Paula
Hajar and Marilyn Maye
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(l-r) NYC Department of Education Associate Director of Academic Accountability for Charter Schools Jeannemarie Hendershot, Institute Associate VP Kim Wechtenhiser, Institute VP and General Counsel Ralph Rossi and Foundation for a Greater Opportunity Executive Director
Julie Clark Goodyear
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