M.S. 45 S.T.A.R.S. Prep Academy
MS 45 STARS Prep, a middle school that served students in grades 6-8 in East Harlem, closed after the 2012-2013 school year. The school closed after years of poor performance, with its enrollment dropping from about 300 students to fewer than 150 students between 2011 and 2013, according to Gotham Schools. In 2011, about 20 percent of the school’s students were English language learners, and 30 percent required special education services.
The school shared a building with the Harlem Village Leadership Academy, a charter school that opened in 2005, and the Coalition for Social Change High School, which moved into the building in 2009. The Department of Education has proposed expanding the Harlem Village Academy Leadership Charter School into the space formerly occupied by STARS Prep. (Pauline Zaldonis, July 2013)