New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III
Brooklyn NY 11235
Longer days, four years of math and science.
School too new to have a track record.
New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science III, opened in 2013, shares the Sheepshead Bay High School building with New Visions Charter School for Humanities III, Origins High School, and Professional Pathways transfer school. The Department of Education has decided to close Sheepshead Bay High School because of poor performance and replace it with small schools.
Humanities III is modeled after New Visions Charter School for Advanced Math & Science that opened in September 2011 in the John F. Kennedy building in the Bronx, offering a challenging curriculum to prepare students for careers in engineering, medicine, research and forensics. New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit founded in 1989, has worked with the Department of Education and community partners to create 135 small schools in New York City.
Principal Nissi Jonathan holds a masters degree in education in public school leadership from Teachers College, a masters degree in secondary education from City College, and a bachelors degree from Devry Institute of Technology. She has most recently served as the assistant principal for the mathematics and science departments at the Samuel Gompers CTE High School. Jonathan began her teaching career through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and has seven years of teaching experience in New York City high schools.
Math & Science III divides classes into two smaller academic communities or houses: Lower House (grades 9 and 10), Upper House (grades 11 and 12). Students wear uniforms and attend school from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except on Wednesdays when they are dismissed early. After school is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., offering clubs determined by student interest. Although the school has no sports teams of its own yet, students are encouraged to try out for PSAL teams on the Sheepshead Bay Campus. Advisors meet with their students daily.
Admissions: Applications for 9th and 10th grade can be submitted online at www.newvisions.org/Charter and must be completed by early April. Admission is by lottery if there are more than 125 applicants, otherwise it will be first come, first to get in with preference to siblings and kids from District 22. (Aimee Sabo, October 2013, interviews and web reports)