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December 11th, 2013

Newburgh Prep to Hold Open House

NEWBURGH - The Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School will hold an Open House for anyone interested in seeing the new high school on Sat., Dec. 14, 2013, from 12 to 2 p.m.  Newburgh Prep is located at 471 Broadway above the Post Office.  All are invited.  Light refreshments will be served.

Newburgh Prep, a high school for students 16-21 years old who have been unsuccessful in high school, offers “a new way to learn within a supportive environment.”  The program, which includes intensive reading, writing, critical thinking, counseling, tutoring, and a jobs program, leads to a NYS Regents Diploma and college and career opportunities.  Enrollment is not limited to students who live in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.  Currently there are students from three other districts in Orange County as well.

“We have been accepting students for the past ten months and operating with 60+ students since Sept. 9, 2013,” said Executive Director Tom Fitzgerald, “but many people still don’t know we’re here, and some of those who do might not understand what we’re all about.  Newburgh Prep is about helping students who have had difficulty in high school earn a NYS Regents Diploma.”

The only requirements for a student to be accepted to Newburgh Prep are that the student is at least 16 years old, has been unsuccessful in high school, and has not turned 21 before the school year begins.  There is a Special Education teacher on staff for students with learning difficulties and an English as a Second Language teacher for students whose first language is not English.  Since a charter school is an independent public school, there is no charge to attend Newburgh Prep.

“We are very proud of what our students are accomplishing and of what we’ve been able to accomplish with our building,” said Fitzgerald.  “We hope that people from the area will come and meet some of our students and staff and see what the building looks like.  We know that those who come will be impressed.”       

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