Charter School Office

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2017 Round 2
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2017 Request for Proposals issued in June, the Charter School Office received 28 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. All but seven have been invited to submit a full application by the August 18, 2017 deadline.

  • Academy for Collegiate Excellence (ACE) CHS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 8 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12; 500
    • Proposed Board Chair: Priscilla Nzabanita-Askenas
    • Public Contact Person: Gregory Rodriquez
    • Public Contact Phone: 917-804-3857
    • Public Contact E-mail: grodriquez@acecharterhs.org
    • Website External Link
  • Academy of Health Sciences CS PDF- Withdrew after submission
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Rochester City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 450
    • Proposed Board Chair: Warren Hern
    • Public Contact Person: Warren Hern
    • Public Contact Phone: 585-734-7733
    • Public Contact E-mail: whern1@rochester.rr.com
  • Bridge Preparatory CS for Creative Thinkers (The) PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 31 (Staten Island)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 1-5; 180
    • Proposed Board Chair: Rose Kerr
    • Public Contact Person: Timothy Castanza
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-331-4561
    • Public Contact E-mail: timothy.castanza@gmail.com
  • 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: Daniel Brink-Washington
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-267-8910
    • Public Contact E-mail: info@buffalocommonscharter.org
    • Website External Link
  • Capital Preparatory Bronx CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 12 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-11; 598
    • Proposed Board Chair: Derek Ferguson
    • Public Contact Person: Joan Massey
    • Public Contact Phone: 860-983-7855
    • Public Contact E-mail: joan.massey@wearecapitalprep.org
    • Website External Link
  • CORE TECH CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 13 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: Overaged/Undercredited; 361
    • Proposed Board Chair: Sandra Dupree
    • Public Contact Person: Jack Brown
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-801-8050
    • Public Contact E-mail: jbrown@coresvcs.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: Dr. Eddie L. Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    • Public Contact Person: Kris Douglas
    • Public Contact Phone: 908-312-3570
    • Public Contact E-mail: ellingtonprep1@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Granville Academy CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Mount Vernon City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-8; 300
    • Proposed Board Chair: Deborah Woods
    • Public Contact Person: Deborah Woods
    • Public Contact Phone: 914-297-8660
    • Public Contact E-mail:granvilleacademycharterschool@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Growing Up Green CS III PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 27 (Queens)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 312
    • Proposed Board Chair: Jeff Mueller
    • Public Contact Person: Matthew Greenberg
    • Public Contact Phone: 212-491-2872
    • Public Contact E-mail:greenberg@gugcs.org
    • Website External Link
  • 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
  • KIPP NYC Bronx CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 7, 10 or 11 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-12; 877
    • Proposed Board Chair: Rafael Mayer
    • Public Contact Person: Vicki Zubovic
    • Public Contact Phone: 212-991-2610
    • Public Contact E-mail: vzubovic@kippnyc.org
    • Website External Link
  • 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
    • Website External Link
  • Lois & Richard Nicotra 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: Mary Cottingham
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-855-2238
    • Public Contact E-mail: mcottingham@lavelleprep.org
    • Website External Link
  • Neighborhood CS Bronx PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 7 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 410
    • Proposed Board Chair: Patricia Soussloff
    • Public Contact Person: Brett Gallini
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-701-7117
    • Public Contact E-mail: bgallini@ncsharlem.org
    • Website External Link
  • New Learning Paradigm CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Buffalo City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-8; 360
    • Proposed Board Chair: Dr. Cynthia McQueen
    • Public Contact Person: Lori Singletary
    • Public Contact Phone: 716-479-1518
    • Public Contact E-mail: loridx@yahoo.com
    • Website External Link
  • Pathways for Learning CS PDF- Withdrew after submission
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 11 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 450
    • Proposed Board Chair: Michael A. Backer
    • Public Contact Person: Michael J. Windram
    • Public Contact Phone: 973-713-9680
    • Public Contact E-mail: mwindram@pathwaysforlearning.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
    • Website External Link
  • Staten Island Green CS for Research and Technology (The) PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 31 (Staten Island)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 360
    • Proposed Board Chair: David D'Albero
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Carole B. Reiss
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-608-5232
    • Public Contact E-mail: creiss1952@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Stradford Preparatory CS for Boys PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 9 (Bronx)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 512
    • Proposed Board Chair: Keith Howard
    • Public Contact Person: Dominique Nute
    • Public Contact Phone: 917-539-3154
    • Public Contact E-mail: dnute22@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Truxton Academy CS PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Homer CSD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-6; 140
    • Proposed Board Chair: Lucinda Denkenberger
    • Public Contact Person: Patricia Dawson
    • Public Contact Phone: 607-745-5482
    • Public Contact E-mail: patty.henry.6@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Urban Dove Team CS II PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 12, 7 (Bronx) or 4 (Manhattan)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: Overaged/Undercredited; 305
    • Proposed Board Chair: Michael Grandis
    • Public Contact Person: Jai Nanda
    • Public Contact Phone: 212-244-2131
    • Public Contact E-mail: jnanda@urbandove.org
    • Website External Link

The seven 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.

  • Central Avenue CS for Academic Leadership Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 32 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-7; 400
    • Proposed Board Chair: Clentine Fenner
    • Public Contact Person: Joan McLeod
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-954-4760
    • Public Contact E-mail: friendsofcasal@gmail.com
  • Heart CS Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 14 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 240
    • Proposed Board Chair: Ranjani Iyer
    • Public Contact Person: Yumeris Morel
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-731-3962
    • Public Contact E-mail: yumerism@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • International Academy for Culture Arts Science and Technology CS Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Yonkers City SD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12; 500
    • Proposed Board Chair: Jerzy Lesniak
    • Public Contact Person: Christine Casey
    • Public Contact Phone: 203-910-8390
    • Public Contact E-mail: ccasey5@optonline.net
  • New Dawn CHS II Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 27 or 28 (Queens)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term:Over-Age/Undercredited; 420
    • Proposed Board Chair: Ronald Tabano
    • Public Contact Person: Sara M. Asmussen
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-505-9102
    • Public Contact E-mail: sasmussen@ndchsbrooklyn.org
    • Website External Link
  • Redemption LEAD Early College & Career CS Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 17, 18 or 19 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-12; 784
    • Proposed Board Chair: Shirley Paul, Esq.
    • Public Contact Person: Tiffany Pryor, MAE
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-484-1016
    • Public Contact E-mail: rleccschool@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Rite of Passage Empowerment CS of STEM for Girls Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 27 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-12; 690
    • Proposed Board Chair: Dr. Debra White
    • Public Contact Person: Temaris Moore
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-413-1940
    • Public Contact E-mail: ropecharterschools4girls@gmail.com
    • Website External Link
  • Venture Academy CS Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: CSD 22 (Brooklyn)
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 420
    • Proposed Board Chair: Ingrid Layne
    • Public Contact Person: Ingrid Layne
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-724-9185
    • Public Contact E-mail: ilayne@venture-kids.org
Last Updated: August 18, 2017