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About Charter Schools
A charter school is a public school approved by the State of New York and governed by an organization – in this case, East Harlem Tutorial Program. Charter schools are free to attend, and students cannot be denied admission based on language, disability, academic skills or other special needs.
Most charter schools require students to submit a short application for admission. However, if more students apply than the school can accept, by law the school must hold a lottery. The lottery is completely random, meaning that each student who submits an application has an equal chance of being admitted. However, legally, some students can receive preference. Our school gives preference to students residing in Community School District 4 (East Harlem), as well as English Language Learners.
In addition to having to meet the same standards as traditional public schools, charter schools are also accountable to the authority that granted their original charter. Increased accountability, greater flexibility, and an organizational culture of high expectations are the hallmark traits of charter schools.
For more information on charter schools in New York, visit the New York City Charter School Center online at www.nyccharterschools.org, or call 212-437-8300.