New Ventures Charter School
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Tiny school with few extras
New Ventures Charter School is a transfer school, open to older students who are unhappy or have been unsuccessful at their previous schools. Founded in 2015, it is tiny, safe and well-run, with a good track record serving students with special needs, who make up more than a third of the population.
The school has found unique internships for students, such as working as guides at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island, a colonial era town and farm museum complex. A video on the school's website shows students in full costume demonstrating weaving techniques, showing little kids how to play with antique toys and working in the general store.
Other students have interned in the office of State Senator Diane J. Savino, in a veterinarian’s office or at an elementary school. New Ventures has a culinary arts program that links cooking to math, science, history and literature lessons.
The school is tiny so it does not have the resources of a big high school has such as a band or many sports teams.
Admissions: By lottery. Open to older children who are unhappy or have been unsuccessful, at at least one other high school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 2019)