Community Board 10 approves letter
of support for charter school
BY JASON COHEN
The Earl Monroe New Renaissance
Basketball Charter School
is opening in the south Bronx in
three years. In the meantime, it
will have a temporary location in
Pelham Bay beginning this fall.
On March 18, Community
Board 10 approved a letter of support
for New Renaissance to be
at the Our Lady of Assumption
School at 1617 Parkview Avenue.
It is a three-year lease with
the Archdiocese of New York.
There will be auditorium and
building-wide renovations. Classrooms
will have roughly 18 to 20
students with a full-time psychology
and security department.
There will be a lottery for the
school from School District 8 students.
It will have capacity for 440
students by the end of year three.
The school offi cials have already
met with the 45th Precinct.
“If an incoming freshman
boy or girl loves the game and is
interested in majoring in the different
facets of the sport: broadcast
journalism, analytics, being
an agent, a coach, a physical
therapist, a designer, a print or
digital reporter, a scout, or in
business, fi nance, law, psychology,
with all the New York State
core curriculum, then the school
will change your life,” said Dan
Klores, the Peabody award winning
fi lmmaker and founder of
According to Klores, the
school is the fi rst of its kind in
the entire nation. He stressed
it is a specialized charter high
school for basketball, but not for
the playing of the game.
The school will have two
teachers in most classes, summer
internships, college and
career counselors, fi rst class facilities,
honors programs and 15
percent of the 110 students in the
fi rst year will be children with
“We have the full support
of the community, the borough
president and NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver,” Klores
stated. “To us, every family is as
important to our success as each
the Our Lady of Assumption School in Pelham Bay, which will be the temporary home for The Earl Monroe New
Renaissance Basketball Charter School for the next three years. Photo by Jason Cohen
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Deadline to register is April
2 and the lottery will commence
April 6 for school enrollment.
CB 10 board members would like
to see OLA staff working at the
school and would assist with any
databases for sharing resumes of
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