New York City charter schools are committed to serving all students by providing high quality inclusive educational environments. To this end, charter schools enroll students with disabilities in numbers comparable to the district, as well as continue to actively reach out to families with multilingual learners providing high quality educational options. 


charter schools featured a preference for ELLs in their 2022-23 admission lotteries


of students enrolled in charter schools have disabilities


charter schools enroll a higher proportion of students with disabilities than the city wide average

Check out our MULTILINGUAL LANGUAGE LEARNER (ELL/MLL) and Students with Disabilities Fact Sheets

The Collaborative for Inclusive Education – an initiative of the New York City Charter School Center – empowers schools to serve all students by providing professional development opportunities, resources, guidance and access to local and national best practices and renowned special populations’ experts.

Benefits of Membership

Professional Development

The Collaborative hosts more than 100 professional development opportunities each school year, including workshops, panel discussions, webinars and more.

School Visits

We will meet with your team, observe classes, and provide feedback and help to help improve your ELL/MLL, Special Education and Inclusive Education programs.

National Experts

Our National Speaker Series convenes public educators from across the country and are led by nationally renowned experts.


Our online resource library offers member schools research, exemplars and training materials as well as on-demand PDs in an easily accessible platform.


We advocate for laws, policies, and practices to ensure special education accountability and reform at the City and state levels.


Building an Inclusive School Mindset and Practice

For Questions contact Melissa Katz, Vice President, Inclusive Education