3 BRONX WEEKLY December 29, 2019 www.BXTimes.com
First new charter school of its kind opens in Throggs Neck
CEO of iLearn Schools Nihat Guvercin cuts the ribbons at the grand opening ceremony of the Bronx Arts and Science Charter School at 925 Hutchinson Parkway on December 12. The new charter school is the
fi rst of the iLearn’s satelite schools in the state of New York. Photo courtesy of Bronx ASCS
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The Bronx Arts and Science Charter
School held a ribbon cutting event in celebration
of their fi rst charter in the state
of New York on Thursday, December 12.
The new charter school is a part of
a satellite network of iLearn Schools,
with the Throggs Neck location at 925
Hutchinson Parkway, being the fi rst in
The iLearn schools have 14 other
charter schools in North Jersey, but expanded
to New York this year, according
to the school’s director Turan Balik.
Balik also mentioned the school
makes a strong effort to compile their
board of trustees from the community to
better understand the students and their
needs. Currently, three of the fi ve members
are from the Bronx.
The approximately 42,000 square foot
building features a full sized gym, two
cafeterias, sports fi elds, an art room,
computer room and 25 teacher designated
In total, 148 children attend the kindergarten
through second grade and
with the grades expanding with each
corresponding year until the current
second graders hit the fi fth grade.
The STEAM-based (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, Math) school is
a tuition free charter school taught in a
digital learning based environment.
“We believe excellent teaching combined
with proper technology integration
empowers all our scholars to learn
and achieve at their highest potential,”
Balik explained the iLearn schools
stand on fi ve principles:
1. Technology integration
2. STEAM based curriculum
3. Data driven
4. Coaching model and professional
5. Positive school culture and providing
opportunities for student enrichment
Veronica Ramos is a fi rst grade
teacher at the school with 16 students in
Ramos has been a teaching assitant
for the past fi ve years at a charter school
in Queens, but now is a lead teacher for
the fi rst time.
Ramos herself has roots in the Bronx.
She attended school in Co-op City.
She sees the advantage of going to
charter schools because the classes are
smaller and teachers can pay better attention
to each student’s individual
“Its really rewarding working here,”
Ramos said, “The administration is
great and encouraging.”
She spoke of the variety of after school
clubs, including STEM, art and cooking
and tutoring is available as well.
Ramos said she takes delight in the
way the school incorporates the community
and has parents involved.
The school consistently holds events
involving parents, such as dinners and