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2017 Round 1
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2017 Request for Proposals issued in January, the Charter School Office received 17 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. All but four have been invited to submit a full application.

  • Bridge Preparatory CS for Creative Thinkers (The) PDF- Withdrawn
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 31 (Staten Island)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 1-7; 304
    • Proposed Board Chair: Rose Kerr
    • Public Contact Person: Timothy Castanza
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-331-4561
    • Public Contact E-mail: timothy.castanza@gmail.com
  • Bronx Arts and Science CS (The) PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 10 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 360
    • Proposed Board Chair: Josephine Hernandez
    • Public Contact Person: Harold Lee
    • Public Contact Phone: 609-672-3308
    • Public Contact E-mail: hlee@ilearnschools.org
  • Buffalo Commons CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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 PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Emblaze Academy CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • HI-TECH Healthcare CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Key Collegiate CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Las Americas Discovery CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Renaissance CS 2 (The) PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Richmond Early College CS PDF - Accepted
    • 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
  • Sofara International CS PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 4 or 5 (Manhattan)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-6; 350
    • Proposed Board Chair: Kevin G. Wells, Esq.
    • Public Contact Person: Bob McCullough, Jr.
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-644-0300
    • Public Contact E-mail: info@sofarainternational.org
  • Stradford Preparatory CS for Boys PDF - Withdrawn
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 9 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 400
    • Proposed Boa
    • Proposed Board Chair: Keith Howard
    • Public Contact Person: Dominique Nute
    • Public Contact Phone: 917-539-3154
    • Public Contact E-mail: dnute22@gmail.com
  • Urban Dove Team CS II PDF - Accepted
    • 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

The four letters of intent that were not accepted did not sufficiently address the requirements set forth in the RFP; the letters were found to be missing required information, lacking sufficient evidence of outreach, and/or proposing to serve students outside grades kindergarten through 12.

  • Ditmas Park Academy CS - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 22 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 75
    • Proposed Board Chair: Dr. Henry Joseph
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Henry Joseph
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-341-3978
    • Public Contact E-mail: Drjosephhenry@gmail.com
  • Nana's House Preschool Academy CS - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Monticello or Fallsburg CSDs
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: Preschool; 100
    • Proposed Board Chair: Sean Wall-Carty
    • Public Contact Person: Tara Lewis
    • Public Contact Phone: 845-239-3374
    • Public Contact E-mail: lewists1212@gmail.com
  • Staten Island Green CS for Research and Technology (The) - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 31 (Staten Island)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 450
    • Proposed Board Chair: Dr. Vincent Maligno
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Carole B. Reiss
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-608-5232
    • Public Contact E-mail: creiss1952@gmail.com
  • Upward CS - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 4 (Manhattan)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 250
    • Proposed Board Chair: Lauren Park
    • Public Contact Person: Liza Levine
    • Public Contact Phone: 310-897-2117
    • Public Contact E-mail: liza.levine@upwardcharter.org
Last Updated: July 26, 2017