Forsyth Satellite Academy
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Works with students to help them catch up and graduate; childcare center on premises
Very low attendance
Forsyth Satellite Academy is a transfer high school for students who have not succeeded in their original high school. The school stresses learning in a small, student-centered community where "growth and effort lead to achievement and success." Formerly part of a network of Satellite Academies, Forsyth became an independent school with its own principal in 2010. But like the other network schools, Forsyth remains a member of the New York Standards Performance Consortium. This is a group that has received a permission from the State Education Department to substitute performance based assessments for Regents exams. Students are required to take the English Regents exam but they demonstrate their mastery of Global History, US History, math, and science through inquiry-based projects and complete a variety of tasks that are compiled in portfolios; and pass a final assessment to earn graduation credit in each subject.
Students are introduced to this approach to academics in classes that help them develop study habits and new attitudes towards school. Along with its academic classes, Forsyth Street has formed partnerships with several groups including CUNY colleges, Irondale, a theater company, Umoja Network for Young Men, a youth support group, Sadie Nash Women's Leadership Project, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Henry Street Settlement. After school programs are established based on students' interest and include robotics, technology, yoga and chess.
Admissions: Forsyth Street accepts students on a rolling basis and requires parental involvement "every step of the way" in the admissions process, according to the school website. Students must have had at least one year of high school and very few credits. They can pick up applications at the school Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-6pm or download one from the website.
Forsyth is housed in a large former elementary school building that it shares with the Jeffrey C. Tenzer Learning Center, Cascades High School and and LYFE center - day care for children of students from 8 weeks to 3 years old. (Judy Baum, web reports, March 2012)Read more