News, Announcements, and Media Press

  • New Dawn celebrates a full term 5 year renewal through 2022

    New Dawn Charter High School is proud to announce that we have been granted a full term 5 year renewal of our charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The recent vote to renew our charter term will allow New Dawn to continue to service our unique population through the 2021-2022 school year. A huge congratulations to all who have made this possible including our staff, students, and families. 

    New Dawn Charter High School
  • New Dawn Featured on Northeast Charter School Network blog series

    We are thrilled to be featured on the Northeast Charter School Network's blog series on schools that make a difference!
    http://www.extracreditblog.org/overtime_new_dawn_charter_high_school

     

     

    New Dawn Charter High School
  • New Dawn Board Member Honored

    Congratulations to Board of Trustees member Samir Souidi for his breakthrough work in technology, helping people in refugee camps. Very proud of our founding Board member for the recognition of this very important, groundbreaking work.

    InsideNGO honored Samir Souidi, Enterprise Systems/Software Architect at Population Council, with its 2016 Excellence Award in Information Technology at its annual conference, Achieving Global Impact, in Washington, DC, last evening.

    The InsideNGO Excellence Awards were established in 2010 to recognize professionals within the development sector who are innovating, collaborating, and ensuring operational excellence within their organizations. Souidi’s nomination, submitted by Population Council’s Stan Mierzwa, Director of Information Technology and James Sailer, VP of Corporate Affairs, lauded his development of a breakthrough tool that collects data in refugee camps, allowing more timely, accurate, and extensive research to be conducted among the camps’ vulnerable populations. This type of tool had never been used in refugee camps previously, due to challenges such as low literacy levels and the multiple languages spoken by refugees, as well as interruptions in power and Internet services. Souidi’s tool has also been recognized by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

    “InsideNGO recognizes the value that strong operational units bring to mission-driven NGOs,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Dente of InsideNGO at the awards ceremony, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “IT plays a critical role in the NGO community—in terms of communication, data management, and innovating new products that serve people in need. Samir Souidi, through his commitment to excellence, is contributing to our shared mission of achieving global impact in addressing some of the world’s most pressing social issues.”

    Winners were chosen from among 50 nominations submitted by InsideNGO member organizations across the US and internationally earlier this year. Nominators were asked to submit detailed recommendations explaining how their nominees demonstrated a commitment to NGO operational excellence. The other award winners recognized during the ceremony included:

    Line Kewe of Literacy Bridge in Seattle, WA, and the Programs System Unit from Pathfinder International in Watertown, MA, (tie) for Excellence in Cross Operations
    Dr. Si Thura of Community Partners International in Yangon, Myanmar, the Emerging Leader Award
    Elizabeth Atherton of Nuru International in Irvine, CA, for Excellence in Finance
    Ken Repp of Education Development Center in Waltham, MA, for Excellence in Grants & Contracts
    Bonnie Karns of International City/County Management (ICMA) in Washington, DC, for Excellence in Human Resources
    Nearly 1,100 development practitioners from 198 different organizations attended InsideNGO’s annual conference this year, making it one of the largest gatherings of professionals in the relief and development community.

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    InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity. Learn more at www.insidengo.org

    From http://www.popcouncil.org/news/insidengo-honors-samir-souidi-of-population-council

    New Dawn Charter High School

Admissions Proccess

Applying for New Dawn Charter School is easy, but please read the instructions carefully. As per the approved charter application, New Dawn Charter High School is a transfer school and thus does not accept students coming out of 8th grade. Students must have attended at least one other high school and be between the ages of 15 and 21. 


New Dawn has a rolling application period and we accept applications 12 months out of the year for admission in September and February. However, those students who apply by April 1st will be included in a lottery and if picked, will be guaranteed enrollment in the following September. To ensure access to transfer students, students may complete the lottery application for enrollment in February. These students will be added to the wait list and will be enrolled if there is available space. Finally, New Dawn has two lotteries as approved in the charter application. One lottery is for those students with 0 to 10 credits and the other lottery is for students with 11 or more credits.

You can apply in three ways:
  1. You can apply below on the website 
  2. You can print out the application, complete it and then fax to 347-505-2516.  Student Application.pdf 
  3. You can call us at 347-505-9103 and we will mail you a lottery application. You can print out the lottery application, complete it and mail to: New Dawn Charter High School 242 Hoyt Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 

Please call us at 347-505-9103 if you have any questions
 
 

Required Records

Admitted students are also required to complete and submit the following as part of the enrollment process:
• Birth Certificate
• Proof of residence: This can be a utility bill (but not a cable bill), lease, HRA application, or any government issued ID.
• Enrollment Form: This form is used to record all basic information about the student and the family, including home, work, and emergency telephone numbers. 
• Parent/Guardian Consent to Attend:  It is extremely important that a parent or guardian sign this form.
• Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: This form must be completed for all students and will be held in strict confidence.
• Immunization Records
• Medical Forms:  This set of forms must be submitted for all students within the first 30 days of attendance. It is the responsibility of each parent to keep their child’s medical information, including food allergies, up to date.
• Record Release: This form gives the school permission to obtain all records pertaining to a given student from his or her previous school. It must be completed and should include the telephone number and address of the previous school, as well as the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
• Transcripts from All Schools Attended Prior to New Dawn
• IEP or 504 Modifications

It is critical that the school be notified immediately of any changes in a student’s name, address, phone number, responsible parent, or any other information provided at the time of registration. Such changes should be communicated in writing and sent to the Principal.

Placement of Incoming Students

Once admitted to New Dawn Charter High School, students must provide transcripts from their previous academic institutions. New Dawn then reviews these transcripts and determines placement in classes based on the number of accumulated credits and classes needed for graduation. At New Dawn students are “ungraded” in the sense that they are able to take the classes necessary for them to graduate and this is not based on what “grade” the student is in.  The chart on the  next page is simply for placement into the special programs (intensive 9th grade, Internship, and College Now). New Dawn officials often contact students’ transferring schools with questions regarding their transcripts. 

Grade Credits
9th     0-10
10th    11-20
11th    21-32
12th    33+

Students also take a series of assessments during orientation that help New Dawn staff determine grade and classroom placement. These include the following:
• Terranova Assessment (diagnostic tests in a variety of subjects including language arts, mathematics, social studies and science); and
• Home Language Survey (used for placement in ELL programs).

Transfer Credits

Whenever possible, incoming students’ report cards and/or progress reports are reviewed for course placement and credit.  If a student has made satisfactory progress at his/her transferring school in a course, then he/she may be able to get full credit for the equivalent course at New Dawn, given that he/she completes all stated requirements by the end of the term. The degree of partial credit granted hinges on consultations between the Principal and respective instructors.

Privacy

New Dawn complies with all confidentiality laws protecting the privacy of its students and their families. Information regarding a student’s progress will be shared only with parents or guardians, appropriate members of the school’s faculty and staff, and any professional consultants retained for the purpose of measuring and/or improving instructional quality. When information regarding student performance is made public, it will be presented in such a way as to avoid the identification of specific, individual students.Required Records

Admitted students are also required to complete and submit the following as part of the enrollment process:
• Birth Certificate
• Proof of residence: This can be a utility bill (but not a cable bill), lease, HRA application, or any government issued ID.
• Enrollment Form: This form is used to record all basic information about the student and the family, including home, work, and emergency telephone numbers. 
• Parent/Guardian Consent to Attend:  It is extremely important that a parent or guardian sign this form.
• Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: This form must be completed for all students and will be held in strict confidence.
• Immunization Records
• Medical Forms:  This set of forms must be submitted for all students within the first 30 days of attendance. It is the responsibility of each parent to keep their child’s medical information, including food allergies, up to date.
• Record Release: This form gives the school permission to obtain all records pertaining to a given student from his or her previous school. It must be completed and should include the telephone number and address of the previous school, as well as the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
• Transcripts from All Schools Attended Prior to New Dawn
• IEP or 504 Modifications

It is critical that the school be notified immediately of any changes in a student’s name, address, phone number, responsible parent, or any other information provided at the time of registration. Such changes should be communicated in writing and sent to the Principal.

Placement of Incoming Students

Once admitted to New Dawn Charter High School, students must provide transcripts from their previous academic institutions. New Dawn then reviews these transcripts and determines placement in classes based on the number of accumulated credits and classes needed for graduation. At New Dawn students are “ungraded” in the sense that they are able to take the classes necessary for them to graduate and this is not based on what “grade” the student is in.  The chart on the  next page is simply for placement into the special programs (intensive 9th grade, Internship, and College Now). New Dawn officials often contact students’ transferring schools with questions regarding their transcripts. 

Grade Credits
9th     0-10
10th    11-20
11th    21-32
12th    33+

Students also take a series of assessments during orientation that help New Dawn staff determine grade and classroom placement. These include the following:
• Terranova Assessment (diagnostic tests in a variety of subjects including language arts, mathematics, social studies and science); and
• Home Language Survey (used for placement in ELL programs).

Transfer Credits

Whenever possible, incoming students’ report cards and/or progress reports are reviewed for course placement and credit.  If a student has made satisfactory progress at his/her transferring school in a course, then he/she may be able to get full credit for the equivalent course at New Dawn, given that he/she completes all stated requirements by the end of the term. The degree of partial credit granted hinges on consultations between the Principal and respective instructors.

Privacy

New Dawn complies with all confidentiality laws protecting the privacy of its students and their families. Information regarding a student’s progress will be shared only with parents or guardians, appropriate members of the school’s faculty and staff, and any professional consultants retained for the purpose of measuring and/or improving instructional quality. When information regarding student performance is made public, it will be presented in such a way as to avoid the identification of specific, individual students.