A meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (the “Committee”) was held today, Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Attendees included Committee members and staff of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) as well as some representatives of the schools undergoing votes by the Committee.

The Committee addressed the following resolutions:

Application for Charter Renewal

The Committee discussed and unanimously approved the proposed full term charter renewal applications for the following schools:

  • Achievement First Voyager Charter School: See the full resolution and renewal report.

  • Amber Charter School Kingsbridge: See the full resolution and renewal report.

  • Icahn Charter Schools: As a part of renewal, the school’s charter renewal timelines were synchronized. See the combined renewal report, or find each school’s renewal resolution using the links below.

  • Success Academy Charter Schools – NYC: See the combined renewal report, or find each school’s renewal resolution using the links below.

    • Success Academy Charter School – Bed Stuy 3: See the full resolution.

    • Success Academy Charter School – Bronx 3: See the full resolution.

    • Success Academy Charter School – Harlem 1: See the full resolution.

    • Success Academy Charter School – Harlem 6: See the full resolution.

      The Committee was scheduled to vote on the renewal for Success Academy Charter School – Hudson Yards, but this school was removed from the agenda to allow for review of additional enrollment pathway information. 

Application for Charter Revisions

The Committee discussed and unanimously approved the following charter revisions:

  • Brilla College Preparatory Charter Schools and Public Prep Charter School Academies each sought revisions to run a joint charter high school program. Changes to the respective education corporations’ charters are outlined below. The resultant joint high school program will be known as “Vertex Partnership Academies” and will be managed by the newly formed not-for-profit charter management organization named below.  See the full revision resolution and Summary of Findings for more information.

    • Brilla College Preparatory Charter Schools sought approval to add grades 9-12 to the charter of Brilla College Preparatory Charter school, to operate a joint high school with Public Prep Charter School Academies, and contract with the newly formed not-for-profit charter management organization Ventoux Partnership Network, Inc for school management and design services for an IB program for the new high school grades.

    • Public Prep Charter School Academies sought approval to add grades 9-12 to three out of four schools’ charters and to allow those three schools to operate a joint high school with Brilla College Preparatory Charter Schools. The three schools whose charters affected are: Boys Preparatory Charter School of New York, Girls Preparatory Charter School of the Bronx, and Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York.

  • Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls sought a revision to expand to operate a 6th through 8th grade middle school program, in addition to its existing 9th through 12th grade high school program. The middle school program will commence with 6th grade in the 2021-22 school year.  See the full revision resolution for more information.

The Institute, in its report to the Committee, reported on the following revision approved by the Institute under the provisions of the SUNY Board of Trustees’ delegation of duties to the Institute:

  • Lewis Katz New Renaissance Basketball Academy Charter School sought a revision to change its name to Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball Charter School.

Other Updates 

In its report to the Committee, the Institute also provided the Committee with updates on its work.  To view this presentation, you can watch the meeting playback which is linked below.

To read more about these resolutions, read public hearing summaries and watch a playback of the meeting, visit the Board of Trustees’ meeting page.

We look forward to sharing updates from meetings from meetings of the state’s charter school authorizers as they occur. As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.