very best approach to academics
that fits their students.
Though teachers have flexibility,
charter schools are held accountable
for levels of high academic achievement.
If charter institutions underperform,
they can be closed.
Charter Schools Have Ample
$16,123 is spent per pupil at New
York’s charter schools (as per most
recent NYSED Public School Data).
Though this is less than the average
funding per pupil in traditional
district schools, charter schools and
teachers clearly make the most out of
This funding by not-for-profit
Boards of Trustees means that parents
of charter students don’t have to
spend money out of their own pockets
to ensure their child receives a great
Charter School’s Don’t Pick
New York City’s charter schools
admit students through a lottery system;
they cannot select their students.
This process gives students from all
backgrounds and education levels an
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equal opportunity to attend and achieve
academic success at charter schools.
Charter Students have had
Access to Great Schooling
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit
New York, charter schools across the
five boroughs immediately transitioned
to remote learning that adapted to the
students in each classrooms’ needs.
75% of New York’s charter schools
had created a remote learning procedure
before the March 2020 lockdown. Charter
students only had to wait an average
of three days to begin remote learning
after in-person learning was closed.
Both charter students and teachers
had the tools to continue learning
and teaching from home. 80% of New
York charter schools provided students
with devices for remote learning before
schools were closed and 98% of New
York’s charter school teachers had the
technology to conduct remote instruction.
Charter schools have been able to
keep students accountable and maintain
a high level of learning despite
COVID-19 and its ramifications on
education. 85% of New York’s charter
schools continued to introduce new
learning content to students through
the pandemic and charter schools
were three times more likely to take
attendance during remote classes
compared to traditional schools.
THEIR FUTURE IS OUR MISSION
How you can apply for New
York City charter schools
By Sofia Valdes
New York City charter schools are
now accepting applications for the
2021-2022 school year.
One can apply through the NYC
charter schools website to multiple
charter schools in their neighborhood
as well as find available virtual open
house dates and times through the NYC
virtual visits calendar.
The NYC charter schools website
makes it easy for essentially anyone to
navigate, with options to apply in 10 different
If you scroll down slightly on the
home page, you will see four different
options: Find a school, apply, parent
info and virtual school.
The Find a School section will lead
you to a page with a map. Here, you
can see a schools list as well as options
to refine your search by neighborhood,
community school district (CSD), borough
and grade level.
The Parent Info section contains
answers to frequently asked questions
such as “What makes charter schools
different from traditional district
schools?” and “What are the benefits of
enrolling my child in a charter school?”
It also contains tips for applying.
The Virtual Schools section will open
up to a calendar containing the dates
and times in which you can visit any
school of your interest. They have dates
available all the way up to April. If you
click a school, a page will pop up that
shows you what grade levels the school
contains, where the school is located,
what time the virtual event will be held,
and a Zoom link you can use to join the
meeting. There is also an option to add
this event to your calendar, which will
remind you of the event closer to the
date of by sending you a notification.
To apply, visit the login page, where
you can then create an account to start
the application process.
Once you create an account, the
online application form will ask you to
create your profile in three steps. The
first step will ask you for parent/guardian
information such as your address,
relationship to student, etc. The second
step will ask you information regarding
the student such as their name, date
of birth, etc. The final step asks you
to choose preferred schools, fill out an
application and confirm said application.
Applications must be submitted by
the deadline, midnight on April 1.
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