Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School


2017 Round 1
Full Applications
Advancing to Capacity Interviews

In response to the 2017 Request for Proposals issued in January, the Charter School Office received nine full applications to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. The applications were reviewed and three successful applicant groups have been invited to capacity interviews during the month of May.

  • Emblaze Academy CS PDF- Advanced
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 7 or 9 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 360
    • Proposed Board Chair: Geraldo Vasquez
    • Public Contact Person: Kristen Shroff
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-977-1342
    • Public Contact E-mail: kshroff@buildingexcellentschools.org
  • Key Collegiate CS PDF- Advanced
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 23 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 4-8; 300
    • Proposed Board Chair: Romy Drucker
    • Public Contact Person: Katie Mazer
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-633-6059
    • Public Contact E-mail: kmazer@buildingexcellentschools.org
  • Renaissance CS 2 (The) PDF- Advanced
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 30 (Queens)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-10; 825
    • Proposed Board Chair: Everett Boyd
    • Public Contact Person: Stacey Gauthier
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-803-0060
    • Public Contact E-mail: sgauthier@renaissancecharter.org

Subsequent to the capacity interviews, at its June meeting, the Board of Regents will consider and act on Department staff recommendations to approve or disapprove the applications.

The remaining six applications will not advance to capacity interviews. Applicant groups have another opportunity to apply for a charter during the round 2 of the 2017 application cycle. Letters of intent are due July 7, 2017.

  • Buffalo Commons CS
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Buffalo City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-8; 450
    • Proposed Board Chair: Sheri Rodman
    • Public Contact Person: Danny Brink-Washington
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-267-8910
    • Public Contact E-mail: info@buffalocommonscharter.org
  • Ellington Preparatory Academy of Arts and Sciences CS
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Buffalo City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12; 400
    • Proposed Board Chair: Henry Taylor
    • Public Contact Person: Kris Douglas
    • Public Contact Phone: 704-282-8966
    • Public Contact E-mail: ellingtonprep1@gmail.com
  • HI-TECH Healthcare CS
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 8 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-11; 425
    • Proposed Board Chair: Emmanuel Okpala
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Francis Onukwue
    • Public Contact Phone: 314-922-7139
    • Public Contact E-mail: fonukwue12@aol.com
  • Las Americas Discovery CS
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 17 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 510
    • Proposed Board Chair: Philomena Jenkins
    • Public Contact Person: Venus Beckles
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-722-7810
    • Public Contact E-mail: lasamericascharterschool@gmail.com
  • Richmond Early College CS
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 31 (Staten Island)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 8-12; 403
    • Proposed Board Chair: Jonathan Lipschitz
    • Public Contact Person: Dana Volini
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-242-0233
    • Public Contact E-mail: dvolini@lavelleprep.org
  • Urban Dove Team CS II
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSDs 30 (Queens), 7 (Bronx) or 4 (Manhattan)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: Ungraded Transfer HS; 305
    • Proposed Board Chair: Michael Grandis
    • Public Contact Person: Jai Nanda
    • Public Contact Phone: 212-244-2131
    • Public Contact E-mail: jnanda@urbandove.org
Last Updated: July 26, 2017