Charter schools are unique alternative options to fully public or fully private schools in NYC. Charter schools are, in fact, free public schools, however, they are run independently and therefore, with more freedom than typical public schools. Because of this greater independence, a charter school can come with many benefits such as a higher-quality education, individualized attention, specialization in certain subjects, and access to a more thorough curriculum.
KIPP NYC College Prep High School
To support its rigorous curriculum, the school day and school year at KIPP NYC College Prep High School are extended. The students get more time in the classroom than most NYC public schools in order to go more in-depth into each subject and prepare on a college-ready level. Students also have access to college and career counseling consisting of a College Readiness sequence and SAT prep. Additionally, class sizes are smaller so that every student is able to receive proper aid that will help them reach academic success.
Opportunity Charter School
Opportunity Charter School (OCS) connects each student directly with a support team consisting of a social worker and a learning specialist that are available on matters both inside and outside of the classroom. These support teams also are able to communicate to the teachers of the school which allows the teachers to customize lessons based on the needs of the students. Through this communication, the goal is to create and sustain a nurturing learning environment for all scholars.
The Charter High School for Law and Justice
The Charter High School for Law and Justice is an example of a specialized charter high school. This program also prioritizes college and career readiness but most specifically for students that are interested in going to law school or becoming attorneys. For instance, part of the learning sequence is a mentoring program with current law students and lawyers.
If you are looking for more support academically and socially, a charter school may be something to look into. Since charter schools have more flexibility than public schools, they may be able to provide more resources and opportunities so that each individual’s personal goals can be achieved. They are a good option to consider because they have aspects of private school education without all of the added costs. They focus on building close-knit, supportive communities within the learning environment.
Oliwia Caes is a sophomore at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts. She is a dance major, an editor of the school magazine, and spends her time reading mystery and science fiction.
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Volunteering and extracurriculars are activities that can benefit both the community and yourself. For middle school students, volunteering and doing extracurriculars provide opportunities to develop new skills and interests and demonstrate to high schools that you are well-rounded and hardworking. High Schools are always looking for capable students willing to do more than what is required. So if you’re not doing extracurriculars and/or volunteering, getting the headstart and being a part of a club or helping out your community is the best way to demonstrate to schools that you are a hardworking and all-around person.
Public high school admissions decisions came out on March 9th, and families have until April 5th to accept an offer. Many high schools are now offering information sessions, open houses, and virtual events for accepted students. These events are the perfect opportunity to ask students and teachers detailed questions about the schools, so you can decide which one is the best fit for you. If you have trouble getting started thinking of questions to ask, asking these sample questions (divided by topic) can help you to consider a broad range of factors to decide on a school to attend!
The highschool admission process is very stressful. With all of its different required parts, the essay section of the application can be really overlooked. The essays are a chance for the admission officer’s to get an insight into who the applicant really is. Numerous people can have very similar transcripts, but a creative and charismatic essay will make an application stand out.
Recommendation letters are a key aspect of high school applications and are a great way to demonstrate your character and abilities from another perspective. While not mandatory in some schools, it’s highly encouraged and should be seen as a requirement. But, who do you ask for a recommendation letter? Choosing who to ask is very important and should be someone that has seen your growth as a student. Most schools usually require at least one recommendation letter from a core teacher (Math, Science, Social Studies, etc) and one letter from either another teacher, mentor, coach, or counselor. So after making a list of potential candidates take some time to consider a very important question. “Who knows you the most?”. If you choose a candidate that barely knows you, their letter may sound disingenuous and phony. So when selecting a recommender, you should consider someone who has had a significant impact on your life and should be someone who knows you both academically and personally and can attest to your abilities, interests, achievements, and growth.
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