For Immediate Release: September 19, 2022
Contact: Sarah Chan / / 203-641-6681


The U.S. Department of Education Recognized 15 Charter Schools As National Blue Ribbon Schools This Year, Including 3 New York City Charter Schools

New York, NY – The U.S. Department of Education has recognized three New York City charter schools as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools, a prestigious designation “based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.” The U.S. Department of Education recognized 297 schools in total this year, including only 15 public charter schools, three of which are in the Bronx, NY:

  • ICAHN Charter School 2 uses the “core knowledge” curriculum d to provide students with a rigorous academic program offered in an extended day / year setting.
  • New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II is committed to the personal, social and emotional well-being of students, providing them with opportunities critical for post-secondary success.
  • South Bronx Classical Charter III prepares K-8 grade college preparatory scholars to excel through a classical curriculum and highly structured setting.

“We are excited to see three NYC public charter schools recognized for their good work on behalf of their students, many of whom come from historically underserved communities,” said James Merriman, Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Charter School Center. “It’s a testament to the hard work of charter school leaders and teachers as they seek to provide a quality education that sets students up for lifelong success – both in the classroom and beyond.”

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently released a new report indicating high support for public charter schools among parents. “Never Going Back: An Analysis of Parent Sentiment on Education,” which served more than 5,000 parents in May 2022, found that:

  • Parents who chose to send their children to public charter schools report that they did so because charter schools exhibited characteristics of higher quality instruction (54 percent), smaller school and class sizes (47 percent), and better safety (47 percent).
  • 89 percent of parents whose children have switched school types report that they or their child experienced a positive change as a result of the switch – namely that their child is happier (57 percent).
  • 74 percent of parents would consider sending their child to a public charter school if one were available in their area.
  • Even among those who might not choose a charter school for their child, 84 percent agree that charter schools should be available to families who would choose them.
  • 77 percent of parents want more public charter school offerings in their area. This is consistent across political affiliation.
  • 81 percent of parents support expanding the number of slots in existing public charter schools in their area.