STAIRS ACADEMY
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how stairs academy works?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 05/28/2018
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Stairs Academy is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote educational excellence and increased access to programs in Arts, Technology, Literacy and Health. Our present goal is to open a Public Charter Elementary School (K - 5), in an under-resourced neighborhood in Brooklyn (we are looking at Red Hook or Sunset Park).

To find out more about what we are doing, receive updates and information, or engage us in conversation, please subscribe to our mailing list at stairsacademy.fanbridge.com, join our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube Channel, or contact us through the SURVEY, contact or feedback forms on our website StairsAcademy.org.

Thank you.

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I have seen your flyers in Sunset Park now. Are you looking to locate there or Red Hook?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 05/28/2018
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We are looking for suitable facilities in both Red Hook and Sunset Park, taking input and feedback from both communities and from community leaders, as to which one would be the best fit for Stairs Academy. We believe that both neighborhoods would benefit from another educational option.

If you would like to voice your opinion as to which neighborhood we should locate in, take the SURVEY on our website at StairsAcademy.org/survey where you can weigh in on that and several other key issues.

Thank you!

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Will their be any Bed-Stuy locations added to the Dtairs Academy roster?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 05/28/2018
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We do not currently have plans to open in Bed-Stuy, however, anyone from any part of NYC is eligible to apply for admission to any Charter School in the 5 boroughs.

We have selected the neighborhoods of Red Hook and Sunset Park for a variety of reasons, which will be outlined in our Letter of Intent and full charter application, which becomes a public document for you to give feedback on, once filed.

If you would like more information on admissions, please fill out an ADMISSIONS INQUIRY on StairsAcademy.org and we will answer any questions you have as well as put you on a wait-list to be one of the first to apply to the school when we open.

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What kinds of transportation (trains, buses, etc) will be around the school if it is in Sunset Park? Will you have school bus service?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 05/28/2018
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We will use the same bus and transportation services which are offered to all public schools. As with any public school (STAIRS ACADEMY will be public, not private), parents must apply for bus service before the school year starts. It's as simple as that.

Thanks for the question!

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Hi,Why stairs academy is different from other charters school?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 05/28/2018
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Hi Zafar,

There are many Charter Schools and each one of them can have a completely different approach to everything from school culture, curriculum, class size, special education and more. Our core beliefs posted on StairsAcademy.org, include our Key Elements (Culture, Literacy, Arts, Technology & Health), Mission, Vision and Educational Philosophy, as well as some of the curriculums, programs and pedagogies that we will use.

Small class size, two educators in every classroom, a focus on Arts, Technology, Literacy and Physical Education, an extended school day, a growth mindset, outside classroom, responsive and restorative approach to school tone and discipline are just some of the ways we are different from other schools, Charter, non-Charter, private and public.

For more details, please visit StairsAcademy.org, join our social media and take our SURVEY to give us feedback on our proposal and school design.

Thanks!

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Do you have to be a resident of red hawk or the nearby area to go to your school?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 08/23/2017
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No you do not. Anyone within the 5 boroughs of NYC can apply to any Charter School.

Please note, we are still looking for a location for our school. Sunset Park and Red Hook are where we would most like to locate, however, if we cannot we may locate elsewhere in District 15 (again, you can still apply).

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Do you have to be a resident of Red Hook to be considered to go to school there?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 08/23/2017
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No you do not. Anyone within the 5 boroughs of NYC can apply to any Charter School.

Please note, we are still looking for a location for our school. Sunset Park and Red Hook are where we would most like to locate, however, if we cannot we may locate elsewhere in District 15 (again, you can still apply).

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Was your LOI (Letter of Intent) that you filed, approved?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 08/23/2017
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Yes, it was!

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My daughter is 3 years old. In September 2018 she will be pre-school age. Will there be a PreK program at STAIRS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 04/10/2017
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We will not have a PreK program in Sept 2018. PreK's are no longer part of Elementary Schools in NYC, so we would have to create a separate PreK Center, with it's own application process. We are not planning that at this time. We may be affiliated with a great PreK Center in District 15 however. We will have more info on that once we finalize that partnership.

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Have you secured a location yet? And when is your anticipated launch/opening?


STAIRS ACADEMY responded on 04/10/2017
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We are looking for a location in Red Hook, Brooklyn, District 15. We anticipate opening for students in Sept 2018.