Riverhead Charter School Expands

State Board of Regents Voted Today to Approve expansion of RCS to 7th& 8th grade.

Calverton, NY– The New York State Board of Regents voted today to approve the charter amendment application for the Riverhead Charter School (RCS) to expand to service students in grade 7 in the fall of 2013, and will service students in 7th& 8th in the fall of 2014.

“We are thrilled that RCS can continue to challenge and prepare our scholars through grade 8”, said Executive Director, Ray Ankrum. ”This expansion ensures that RCS students can continue to receive a quality education for their entire middle school life. We want to make sure that our students are well prepared and on their way toward a lifetime of academic success and cultural awareness as they move on to High School and College.”

“Riverhead Charter School is a great example of how a successful charter school can expand and grow their program to better serve the needs of their community. Since their founding, the school has strived to provide a quality educational alternative to some of the community’s most at-risk children, including a large population of English Language Learners,” said Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

“Strategic planning for this 7th and 8th grade expansion began back in January 2010 concurrent with plans for a much needed facility for our students,” said Deborah Rutigliano, chairperson of the Riverhead Charter School’s Board of Trustees. Rutigliano said, “We expect to break ground for our new building in late spring”.

The Riverhead Charter School is a public school of choice, with no tuition, now serving families of kindergarten through eighth grade students on Eastern Long Island. The school offers a private school environment in a public school setting, currently serving students from (14+) local school districts. The school offers a longer school day and smaller class size with a focus toward more individualized instruction. Enrichment programs are provided for students needing a more challenging academic program. In addition, approximately 11 percent (or 31 students) of the students enrolled in the school are identified as students with a disability and 21 percent (or 60 students) are identified as English Language Learners.

2011-2012 New York State Assessment Results disaggregated by grade level (% of Students Scoring Level 3 & 4 Compared to Local District & State).

Charter School – Riverhead Charter School

Local District – Riverhead CSD

Tested Grades – 3-6

ELA

Charter School – 76

Local District  – 66

State – 57

Math

Charter School – 80

Local District – 66

State – 66

Student applications for September 2013 as well as requests for school tours may be obtained now by calling 631-369-5800 (ext. 2250) or downloading from the school’s website at www.riverheadcharterschool.org.

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