First Classes at 78 Schools This Sept.

Mayor Visits Energy Tech Campus In Long Island City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced last Tuesday, Apr. 2, that 78 new schools will open in September at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott are shown with students and admininstrators at I.S. 204 in Long Island City following a press conference last Tuesday, Apr. 2.

The new schools will open in all five boroughs and serve students in grades k through 14. Nearly 10,000 students will begin next fall, and the schools will serve more than 32,000 students when they grow to full capacity. The new schools include seven career and technical education schools, as well as two high schools for students in grades nine through 14 that-through a partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY)-will award both high school diplomas and associates degrees.

The new schools are among the 656 opened since 2002, bringing the total number of public schools to 1,821. The Bloomberg administration has opened more new schools than any other administration in city history, and has also created more than 126,000 school seats.

The mayor and chancellor made the announcement at the future site of Energy Tech, a new career and technical education school that will open in Long Island City next fall in partnership with Con Edison and National Grid. They were joined by new school leaders, including Energy Tech Principal Hope Barter, National Grid New York President Ken Daly, Con Edison Vice President for Substation Operations Aubrey Braz and students.

“The 78 schools announced today are a part of our commitment to improving public education in New York City,” said Bloomberg. “Our administration has created a record number of schools and programs for our students-which have helped lead to record gains. We still have more work to do, and with our new schools and school leaders, we’ll continue to provide our children with the opportunities they deserve.”

“In the last 12 years, we’ve opened more schools so that students can take full advantage of the educational opportunities available through public education,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “Our strategy is providing families with more and more options, from our career and technical education programs to our new middle schools, and, most importantly, it works. Teachers see it, parents say it and data show it: our graduation rates are higher, the achievement gap is closing and the schools announced today will help us continue to ensure that all students-no matter their zip code- have access to high quality education in New York City.”

The new schools add to the diverse portfolio the Department of Education has developed to provide more opportunities to the city’s 1.1 million students, including more career and technical education (CTE) schools, a second software engineering campus, and more middle and charter schools. The seven new CTE schools combine high school curriculum with valuable specialized skills training that will prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century economy.

Two of the CTE schools will serve students in grades nine through 14 that, through a partnership with CUNY, will allow students to take college courses and simultaneously earn a high school diploma and Associates Degree. The first, Energy Tech was developed with Con Edison and National Grid and will expose students to the energy industry-one of the nation’s fastest growing sectors.

Energy Tech students will intern with the utility companies, be mentored by energy professionals and take college courses at CUNY’s La- Guardia Community College. The second school, Health, Education and Research Occupations High School, will prepare students for careers as health professionals and was developed in partnership with the Montefiore Medical Center and CUNY’s Hostos Community College.

CTE programs have more than doubled under the Bloomberg administration- from 18 schools in 2002 to 46 by the start of the next school year-and have become a national model for college and career readiness.

The new schools include the city’s second Academy for Software Engineering, which will open in the Bronx. Like the flagship campus in Union Square, the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering will offer courses in coding, programming and application development, and include internship and mentoring opportunities in the tech industry.

The school was first announced in the mayor’s State of the City address and is a part of the initiative to expand computer science learning. Last month, the mayor unveiled the 20 schools selected for the software engineering pilot program, also set to launch next fall.

The 78 new schools will open in each borough and serve students of all grade levels. Thirty schools will be located in Brooklyn, 20 in the Bronx, 15 in Queens, 11 in Manhattan and two in Staten Island. Fiftyone of the 78 will be elementary schools, middle schools, or schools combining elementary and middle school grades. Twenty-seven will be secondary schools-either high schools, or schools combining middle and high school grades.

Since 2002, the Bloomberg administration has opened 656 new schools, applying strategies that have resulted in progress in the city’s public education system. Graduation rates have risen 41 percent since 2005- and the rate is often 20 percent higher in new schools when compared to those they replace, while serving similar populations of students.

Among the 78 new schools to open this September are the following located in the Times Newsweekly coverage area:

– Elm Tree Elementary School, Elmhurst;

– Corona Arts and Sciences Academy, Corona;

– Hunters Point Community Middle School, Long Island City;

– Middle Village Prep Charter School, Middle Village; and

– Energy Tech High School, Long Island City.