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January 15th, 2014

Newburgh Prep Offers Students ‘Second Chance’ at High School

NEWBURGH – A new publicly funded school that offers young people a second chance for a high school diploma will host an open house Jan. 25. Young people who have been unsuccessful in high school and their parents are invited to attend the event from noon to 2 p.m. at Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School.

The school is located at 471 Broadway, on the second floor, above the post office.

Since its inception last September, the school has been offering more than 60 teens who had previously left school “a new way of learning within a supportive environment,” executive director Tom Fitzgerald said.

The curriculum includes instruction in all subjects with small class sizes and offers intensive training in reading, writing and critical thinking. The school also offers one-on-one counseling and tutoring and a jobs program as they pursue a New York State Regents diploma. 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. The only requirements for a student to be accepted to Newburgh Prep are that he or she 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 charter schools are independent public schools, 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,” Fitzgerald said. “We hope that people from the area will visit us on Jan. 25 and meet some of our students and staff and see what the building looks like. We know that those who come will be impressed.” For more information about Newburgh Prep, contact Fitzgerald at 845-565-4040.

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