Global Neighborhood Secondary School

Our Review

UPDATE AUGUST 2009: A year after opening, Principal Luis Genao reports that Global Neighborhood is a school of inclusion. Although it was originally slated to be a school for new immigrants, the population is only 10% English Language Learners. However, 37% of the students have special education needs. Priority in admissions is given to students living or attending school in District 4.

JUNE 2008 REVIEW: The Global Neighborhood Secondary School (GNSS), a secondary school serving new immigrants, will open in East Harlem in 2008 with 90 sixth graders and will add a class each year until it serves grades 6-12.

"We developed a school that addressed the needs of ELLs [English Language Learners], trying to tap into the global qualities of New York City," founding principal Luis Genao told Insideschools in a telephone interview. According to Genao, many of the students are Spanish-speaking; others are from French-speaking African nations and the Middle East. About 30 percent of the students have special education needs.

To further its mission of teaching newcomers to the U.S., including the many Spanish-speaking students, the school has formed partnerships with community organizations such as the Academy for Educational Development, the Community Association of Progressive Dominicans, City College School of Education, and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. Genao said these partnerships will lead to programs like College Now, which gives students the opportunity to take college courses in high school, and student exchanges in the Dominican Republic.

GNSS will open in the Alternative Education Complex, now know as the Tito Puentes Campus, where JHS 117 was phased out, and will share the building. It shares the building with TAG Young Scholars, Esperanza Preparatory Academy and a District 75 program.

Admissions: Priority in admissions to students living or attending school in District 4.(Tanner Kroeger, June 2008)

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216 East 120 Street
Manhattan NY 10029
(District 4)


Luis Genao