New Children’s Aid Society Charter School to Give Neediest Kids in the South Bronx an Advantage Through Lottery

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The Children’s Aid Society has announced a first-of-its-kind lottery system for its new charter school in the South Bronx’s Morrisania neighborhood. The lottery system for Children’s Aid College Prep is open to all students but will emphasize particularly on needy students. “We have always focused our resources on the most vulnerable young people in New York City and our first charter school will be no different,” said The Children’s Aid Society President and CEO Richard Buery. “All children will be a part of our new school, but those who have been involved in the child welfare system or who have other challenges that can dampen academic success should be given an additional boost.”

Poverty levels in Morrisania—a community where Children’s Aid has established service hubs and community schools serving more than 10,000 people over the last 10 years—exceed those of other New York City neighborhoods. Currently 57% of children in Morrisania are growing up in poverty and only 27% perform at or above grade level on standard reading tests, more than 15% lower than the City average.

Just as other lotteries, all applicants will receive one entry for applying. Additional entries will be given to those students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students who come from single-parent households
  • Students from households below the NY self-sufficiency standard
  • Students who have not attended a full-day kindergarten
  • Students who are English language learners
  • Students who have been involved in the child welfare system.

For example, a student from a single-parent household and has been involved in the child welfare system will receive three entries, or chances to get in.

The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School will serve 120 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade and eventually approximately 300 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The Children’s Aid Society’s deep roots in the South Bronx and its multi-site service centers in the surrounding community will enable the proposed school to provide effective youth development practices, comprehensive health care and a commitment to empowering parents, foster parents and other care-giving adults to become full partners in their children’s success.

The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is accepting applications for K-1 through April 2, 2012 and the lottery will be held on April 9th at 11am at The Next Generation Center at 1522 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. The school will open in Fall 2012. To apply, visit www.childrensaidcollegeprep.org/enroll, or complete the charter school common application. For more information, visit our website: www.childrenaidcollegeprep.org.