New Dawn Charter High School
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Second chance for older students including new immigrants
New school doesn't have a track record
New Dawn Charter High School, opened in September 2012, is a transfer school for older students who have dropped out or who have had difficulties in traditional schools, including new immigrants who are still learning English.
Modeled after John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School, New Dawn offers students ages 15 to 21 the chance to earn a high school diploma even if they are behind in their studies. Founding principal Sara Asmussen worked as Wildcats director of compliance.
Like its sister school, New Dawn is designed to combine classroom learning with internships in the community, according to the New York State Education Department. Like many charter schools, it has a longer school day than typical public schools. Classes are held from 9 am to 5 pm.
New Dawn admits students throughout the year on a rolling basis. (Clara Hemphill, web reports. November 2012)Read more