Curtis High School
Staten Island, NY 10301
Grade level: 9-12
Department of Education
Principal: Aurelia Curtis
The Children's Aid Society
Community School Director: Tom Hepworth
History and Program
Children’s Aid Society (CAS) began working with Curtis High School in 2010. The principal, Dr. Aurelia Curtis, approached the agency about partnering; driven by a firm belief that CAS’ deep experience as a leading, committed, provider of comprehensive services to foster the holistic development of children in high-needs neighborhoods, coupled with the cohesive, collaborative nature of community schools (CS), could be a powerful tool to achieving the goals of the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan. After a thorough school and community assessment, CAS agreed to become the lead partner in implementing the CS strategy.
Based on need, the major focus will be on health, academic enrichment, positive youth development, and effective parent/family involvement. The stepping stone will be a comprehensive School Based Health Center to open by the end of 2013.
CAS is committed to ensuring that children succeed in school, be college-ready and excel later in life; thus, providing them with high quality expanded learning opportunities, and addressing barriers to learning, is core to its mission. To help Curtis become a sustainable full-flesh community school, CAS chose it to be part of the PASS (Pursuing and Achieving Sustained Success) initiative; a collaboration between District 31, College of Staten Island, CAS, Jewish Community Center, and YMCA to create a Kindergarten-College pipeline for students across four schools on Staten Island’s North Shore; one of NYC’s fastest growing populations of immigrants, primarily of Latino, Asian and West African origins.
With the help of CAS National Center for Community Schools, the agency will be the Lead Partner ensuring the comprehensiveness, collaboration, coherence and commitment of all partners.