Children's Aid Society Announces Principal for New Charter School

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Ife Lenard hails from the #1 charter school in New York state!

Children's Aid College Prep to institute holistic approach to create and sustain success of at-risk students.

New York, NY- The Children’s Aid Society announced today that Ife Lenard, an innovative and successful educator with more than 18 years of experience as a master teacher and school leader in New York City, will become the founding principal of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School. Lenard hails from Bronx Charter School for Excellence (BCSE) where she served as Assistant Principal/Dean of Students and was the instructional leader for the highest performing 5th grade class with a 96% proficiency in math.

“My goal for Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is to deliver cohesive instructional programs and a progressive school culture that upholds the Children's Aid Society promise,” said Lenard. “The best way to set children up for long-term success is to cultivate a solid learning community coupled with meaningful social, after-school and parent engagement programs. This will be cornerstones for the school.”
Richard Buery, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, said “As the first principal of our charter school, Ms. Lenard brings a true commitment to the holistic approach of educating children and providing them with supports outside of class, as well as a proven track record in helping students achieve academic excellence.”
The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is accepting applications for a first-of-its-kind lottery system for K-1 through April 2, 2012. The lottery is open to all students, but will give preference to particularly needy children, such as those from a single-parent household, from a household living below the NY self-sufficiency standard, who did not attend full-day kindergarten, who are English language learners and those who have been in the child welfare system. The school will open in August 2012.
Children’s Aid College Prep, located in the Morrisania neighborhood in the South Bronx, is the first for The Children’s Aid Society and will implement a community school model proven effective in improving academic performance, increasing attendance and retention, building confidence and self-esteem and addressing an extreme need for health services among poor children. Community schools differ from other schools because they provide comprehensive services for children, including medical, dental, and mental health services, after-school programming, summer camps and family support services. Children’s Aid College Prep will incorporate community school best practices with a newly designed, rigorous instructional program that puts students on a college-bound path early.
The school will serve 120 students in Kindergarten and 1st grade and eventually approximately 300 students in Kindergarten 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.

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About The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email or visit