New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III
Brooklyn NY 11235
Longer days, small class size
Some safety concerns
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III, opened in 2013, shares the Sheepshead Bay Campus with New Visions Charter School for Advanced Math & Science III and two other small schools.
Humanities III is modeled after the first New Visions Charter School for the Humanities that opened in September 2011 in the John F. Kennedy building in the Bronx, offering a challenging curriculum to prepare students for careers in education, the arts, public service and media. New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit founded in 1989, has worked with the Department of Education and community partners to create more than 100 small schools in New York City.
Students wear uniforms and attend school from 8:30am–4:30 pm, except on Wednesdays when they are dismissed early. The school offers three trimesters (instead of two semesters) so students can take more classes and accumulate more credits. Advisors meet with their students daily. Most classes have 25 students.
Students are encouraged to try out for PSAL teams on the Sheepshead Bay Campus. A downside: more than half the students who responded to a school survey said they don’t feel safe outside the building and 30 percent said they don’t feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms.
Special education: The school offers Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes and SETTS.
Admissions: Lottery, District 22 preference. Applications for 9th and 10th grade can be submitted online at www.newvisions.org/Charter and must be completed by early April. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, March 2017)