New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities

District: CSD 10
Authorizer: SUNY
Partner Organization: New Visions for Public Schools, Inc.

The mission of the New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities (New Visions - Humanities) is “to prepare vulnerable young people to graduate with a Regents diploma through a rigorous curriculum that is grounded in the principles of positive youth development.”

New Visions - Humanities will partner with New Visions for Public Schools, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with schools while creating stragegies to improve achievement.  New Visions for Public Schools was selected by the NYCDOE as a Partner Support Organization in 2007 and now partners with over 76 New York City schools.

The key design elements of the New Visions – Humanities academic program are:

  • use of effective research-based curricula and assessments to diagnose students’ needs and tailor instruction accordingly;
  • Board of Regent’s sequence of courses in all applicable subject areas;
  • core focus skills mapped to Common Core Standards;
  • established link between in-school experience, college and job-related skills development;
  • student access to courses at local colleges and universities;
  • student internship opportunities;
  • structured collaboration with peer schools in the New Visions network;
  • development of a community asset map to guide service learning opportunities for students; and
  • extended school day and year including a three-week mandatory summer program.

Students and faculty at New Visions - Humanities will have opportinities to collaborate with the New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science, also opening in 2011-2012.