Mentora will be applying for a New York State charter in 2015, requesting permission to operate a public high school in Community School District (CSD) 21, which includes the diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Bensonhurst. Plans are to ultimately serve 400 students in grades 9 through 12, ideally opening in September 2016 with one 9th grade. Mentora Charter will have high standards for academics and personal accountability, featuring extended day and extended year programming, opportunities for global interaction and/or travel, and technology integration for teaching and learning. Mentora will be a free secular public school open to all students, regardless of background or ability.
CSD 21 has been targeted because it is a low income school district with low high school graduation and college attainment rates. It is a highly immigrant community that would benefit from a safe and diverse school community and international education approach. Mentora International Charter School will provide English Language Learners (ELL) support and multiple language courses targeted to the students in CSD 21 who speak a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Bengali.
Mentora International Charter School will be governed by an independent board of trustees with expertise in education, organizational management, business, finance and accountability. The school will be managed by an experienced school leader and the faculty will bring expertise in international education.
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