Fresh off a political victory that brought it, and other charter schools, strong support from Gov. Cuomo and the state budget, Success Academy announced that it is planning to open 14 new public charter schools across the city, including four in Queens.
“[Schools] Chancellor [Carmen] Fari–a recently noted that it is important to listen to the community. That is what we are doing in applying for these charters because the community is demanding more high quality charter schools,” said Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz. “These families — representing more than a dozen neighborhoods — are desperate for great schools. Even with 14 more schools, we will not make a dent in the demand we are seeing.”
Success Academy said Tuesday it is submitting applications to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute for the 14 schools. They are slated for areas with a large black and Hispanic student population.
No specific locations were identified in Queens, but Success Academy plans on opening the new schools in District 24, which includes Corona, Elmhurst, Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and Ridgewood; District 27 in South Queens and the Rockaways; District 28 in Forest Hills and Jamaica; and District 30, which includes Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights. All except one would open in 2016. The District 27 school, where Success Academy said 586 applications have been received by parents for its schools, would open in 2015. More than 1,200 applications in total from Queens parents have been received by Success Academy, the organization said.
Success Academy already has a school planned for District 29, to be co-located at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens. The school was originally due to be co-located in August Martin High School, but was one of several co-locations canceled by the de Blasio administration in March, when the state Legislature passed legislation forcing the city to find homes for the schools.