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March 14th, 2012

New School searching for community support



Newburgh - The planning team of “A New School for Newburgh” will hold its first community meetings on Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in the City of Newburgh for community members to learn about the New School. The March 21st meeting will be held in English, while the March 22nd meeting will be held in Spanish.

If approved by the NYS Education Department, the New School will open in September 2013 and offer a second chance for a NYS Regents High School Diploma to 16-21 year olds who have dropped out of school. It is not a GED program.

In addition to a NYS standards-based curriculum, the New School will offer a support system that takes into consideration the social-emotional as well as the academic needs of each student.

The New School will provide an Intensive Intervention Program for students who have completed less than half of the required credits. Students who complete or have completed half of the required graduation credits will qualify for a paid internship as 50% of the program.

A partnership with the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus will enable the New School to offer students a college-readiness program that will orient them to the world of college, incorporate remedial work into their classes to prepare them for college, and help them to apply and get accepted to college. Opportunities for community involvement and an intensive program in the arts will also be available to all students.

The planning team of the New School believes this school can make a difference not only for the students it serves, but the whole Newburgh community. The NY State Education Department requires that the community express its support for this charter school before it grants approval for the school to open. These meetings are an opportunity for the community to learn more about the school.

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