Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School - 2018

2018 Round 1
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2018 Request for Proposals issued in January, the Charter School Office received 19 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. All but five have been invited to submit a full application.

  • Academy for Collegiate Excellence (ACE) Charter School (The) PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Bronx CSD 8
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12; 500
    • Proposed Board Chair: Jahidya Semper
    • Public Contact Person: Gregory Rodriguez
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-694-8801
    • Public Contact E-mail: grodriguez@acecharterhs.org
  • Academy of Health Science Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Rochester CSD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-8; 450
    • Proposed Board Chair: Warren Hern
    • Public Contact Person: Jennifer Piper
    • Public Contact Phone: 585-340-0948
    • Public Contact E-mail: jennifer.piper@partnersandnapier.com
  • BOLD Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Bronx CSD 12
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 480
    • Proposed Board Chair: Raymond Joseph, Jr.
    • Public Contact Person: Andrew Foglia
    • Public Contact Phone: 914-755-2171
    • Public Contact E-mail: afoglia@buildingexcellentschools.org
  • Boys To Men Community Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Rochester CSD
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-12; 488
    • Proposed Board Chair: Joseph Bivins
    • Public Contact Person: Clintona Gordon
    • Public Contact Phone: 585-309-4269
    • Public Contact E-mail: tlexus2004@yahoo.com
  • Bridge Preparatory Charter School PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Staten Island CSD 31
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 1-5; 216
    • Proposed Board Chair: Rose Kerr
    • Public Contact Person: Timothy Castanza
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-331-4561
    • Public Contact E-mail: timothy.castanza@gmail.com
  • Creo College Preparatory Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Bronx CSD 12
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 5-9; 480
    • Proposed Board Chair: Jesus Diaz, Jr.
    • Public Contact Person: Ben Samuels-Kalow
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-628-2750
    • Public Contact E-mail: bsamuelskalow@buildingexcellentschools.org
  • Education Unlimited Lyceum Charter School (EULCS) PDF- Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Manhattan CSD 6
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 544
    • Proposed Board Chair: Dr. David Lopez
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Suaana DeJesus
    • Public Contact Phone: 212-724-9571
    • Public Contact E-mail: dr_sdejesus@hotmail.com
  • HI-TECH Healthcare Charter School (HHCS) PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Bronx CSD 8
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 1-5; 500
    • Proposed Board Chair: Emmanuel Okpala
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Francis Onukwue
    • Public Contact Phone: 314-922-7139
    • Public Contact E-mail: fonukwue12@aol.com
  • Ivy Hill Preparatory Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Brooklyn CSD 23
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 360
    • Proposed Board Chair: Rebecca May
    • Public Contact Person: Ambrosia Johnson
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-622-2269
    • Public Contact E-mail: Ambrosia.johnson@buildingexcellentschools.org
  • Las Americas Discovery Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Brooklyn CSD 17
    • 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
  • New Dawn Charter High School II PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Queens CSD 27
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12; 550
    • Proposed Board Chair: Ronald Tabano
    • Public Contact Person: Sara Asmussen
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-505-9102
    • Public Contact E-mail: sasmussen@ndchsbrooklyn.org
  • Richmond Preparatory Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Staten Island CSD 31
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 6-10; 540
    • Proposed Board Chair: Deborah Miller
    • Public Contact Person: Dana Volini
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-242-0233
    • Public Contact E-mail: dvolini@integrationcharterschools.org
  • ROPE Charter School of STEM for Girls PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Queens CSD 27
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 240
    • Proposed Board Chair: Debra White
    • Public Contact Person: Temaris Moore
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-413-1940
    • Public Contact E-mail: ropecharterschools4girls@gmail.com
  • Sofara International Charter School PDF - Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Manhattan CSD 4 or 6
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-6; 350
    • Proposed Board Chair: Nermin Ahmad
    • Public Contact Person: Voyka Soto
    • Public Contact Phone: 646-644-0300
    • Public Contact E-mail: info@sofarainternational.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.

  • Pushing Until Success Happens Charter School (PUSH) PDF - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Manhattan CSD 5
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 216
    • Proposed Board Chair: Lucile Middleton
    • Public Contact Person: Pamelyn Williams
    • Public Contact Phone: 917-796-8414
    • Public Contact E-mail: push21st@gmail.com
  • Redemption LEAD Early College and Career Charter School - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Brooklyn CSD 18
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: 9-12, 6; 540
    • Proposed Board Chair: Shirley Paul & Timothy Compere
    • Public Contact Person: Tiffany Pryor
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-419-7338
    • Public Contact E-mail: RedemptionLEAD@gmail.com
  • Staten Island Green Charter School for Research and Technology (The) - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Staten Island CSD 31
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-5; 492
    • Proposed Board Chair: David D'Albero
    • Public Contact Person: Dr. Carole Reiss
    • Public Contact Phone: 718-608-5232
    • Public Contact E-mail: creiss1952@gmail.com
  • Venture Academy Charter School - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Brooklyn CSD 22
    • 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
  • Whole Elephant Chinese Charter School (The) - Not Accepted
    • School District/NYC Community School District: Queens CSD 25
    • Grades/Students Served Over Initial Charter Term: K-12; 780
    • Proposed Board Chair: Lotus King Weiss
    • Public Contact Person: Lotus King Weiss
    • Public Contact Phone: 347-822-5637
    • Public Contact E-mail: celestrialwater@gmail.com

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Last Updated: March 29, 2018