For Immediate Release: August 22, 2022
Contact: Sarah Chan / / 203-641-6681

6 New Charter Schools Open Their Doors Across Three Boroughs

Approximately 60% of NYC Charter Schools Open in August, Nearly 80% to Open Before NYC DOE Start Date

NEW YORK, NY – New York City charter schools began welcoming back an estimated 142,500 students to 275 charter schools this month, kicking off the 2022-2023 school year early to provide more instructional time and help students recover from the academic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Facts and Figures

  • Approximately 60% of charter schools in the city will open this month, and nearly 80% will open before September 8, the official start date of the NYC DOE.
  • Charter schools now educate an estimated 15% of the City’s public school students.
  • New York City has 275 charter schools across the five boroughs, including:
    • 94 in the Bronx
    • 90 in Brooklyn
    • 56 in Manhattan
    • 27 in Queens
    • 8 in Staten Island

The 2022-2023 Charter School Fact Sheet can be found HERE.

“As charter schools across the city welcome students back for the new school year, our leaders and teachers are excited to get back to doing what they do best: providing a quality education that sets all students up for lifelong success – both in the classroom and beyond,” said James Merriman, Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Charter School Center. “After three years of historic challenges, the stakes have never been higher for students and families – and public charters stand ready to ensure that every studentcontinues to receive access to a safe, supportive, and rigorous learning environment.”

“This year, DREAM’s nationally recognized summer learning program served over 1,000 scholars through a signature mix of reading and math instruction, social-emotional learning, and team-based athletic programming—helping over 95% of participants prevent summer learning loss. So while we’re proud and excited to be opening our doors on August 29th for the first day of school, in many ways we really never closed them,” said Eve Colavito, Co-Chief Executive Officer of DREAM. “This first day of school is particularly special, as we welcome our founding class of kindergarteners at DREAM Highbridge Elementary School, deepening DREAM’s ability and commitment to serve the Bronx community that we joined nearly a decade ago.”

New York City has a total of 275 charter schools, including 6 new schools opening for the first time this year in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island:

  • DREAM Charter School Highbridge is a new elementary school in the Bronx that is guided by the Whole Child Model: the belief that every child needs and deserves not only rigorous academic instruction, but also social-emotional support, physical health and wellness, and the strength of a community behind them.
  • Family Life Academy Charter High School is a new high school in the Bronx that creates the conditions for self empowerment for all students to excel academically, take responsibility for their own learning, and affirm human values, today, in college, and beyond.
  • Our World Neighborhood Charter School 3 is a new elementary school in Queens that provides an excellent education to a diverse student body based on active inquiry, experiential learning, and social justice.
  • Staten Island Hebrew Public Charter School is a diverse public charter school open to all age-and grade-eligible students in New York City that teaches Modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds and prepares them to be successful global citizens.
  • Success Academy Charter School – Bronx 5 Lower & Success Academy Charter School – Bronx 5 Upper are new elementary schools designed to foster a love of learning while creating opportunities for children to become critical and creative thinkers, build life skills and confidence, pursue passions, and secure exceptional careers.