We’re committed to maximizing our impact on a deserving yet underserved community. This new facility enables us to educate over 500 more students in District 9.
SOUTH BRONX, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 06, 2018
Classical Charter Schools is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new educational campus in the heart of New York City’s South Bronx. The custom-designed building will be located in School District 9 and will house both Classical Charter School III and Classical Charter School IV through the 2019-20 school year, after which School IV will move to a new dedicated space in the neighborhood.
Classical Charter Schools is a high-performing network of K-8 schools located in the South Bronx. It serves 1,200 students and regularly outperforms the wealthiest districts in the state. Classical’s mission is to provide a world-class liberal arts education for students in the neighborhood.
District 9 is located on the western edge of the South Bronx, an area that encompasses the neighborhoods of Grand Concourse, Morrisania and Tremont; and SBCCS III and SBCCS IV are proud to be representative of the neighborhood they serve, with enrollment 100% students of color and 92% qualifying for free and reduced meals.
“We’re committed to maximizing our impact on a deserving yet underserved community. This new facility enables us to educate over 500 more students in District 9,” said Lester Long, Executive Director. “We receive about 20 applications from parents for every available seat, and it’s heartbreaking to have to turn away any child.” This year, Classical received more than 6,500 applications for 300 available openings.
The six-story building, slated to open in the Spring of 2018, is located on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 167th Street. Valued at approximately $20 million, the building was financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Community Development Bank, and Raza Development Fund, who in total invested $14 million into the project. The facility contains 27 large classrooms, several small-group classrooms, a cafeteria, and a gym. The building totals over 54,000 square feet of space and is the first private facility to be managed by Classical, whose other two schools occupy public school space.
“The new building presents tremendous opportunities for us to grow as a community. The building was purposefully designed to align to our instructional model with ample space for small group instruction, specialized rooms for art, music and fitness, and unique spaces for our future middle school scholars. The full-floor cafeteria and gym space will allow us to open our doors to our families far more frequently to continue to strengthen our partnership and collaboration.” said Rebecca Geary, School Director.