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

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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.

Photo 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

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