View Full Version : Manhattan-UWS 700 Students Apply to Controversial Charter School Upper West Success Academy

04-08-2011, 08:37 AM
This from DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110406/upper-west-side/700-students-apply-controversial-uws-charter-school) by Leslie Albrecht:
The controversial charter school that some parents fought to keep out of the Upper West Side received 700 applications for its kindergarten and first-grade classes, officials announced Wednesday.

Upper West Success Academy, which will open in August 2011, held an admissions lottery Wednesday where a computer randomly selected students for 130 kindergarten seats and 54 first grade slots, a spokeswoman said.

Parents will be notified by mail next week whether their children are among those who won a seat; those who didn't will be placed on a wait list.

Previous lotteries have been media events showcased in the documentary films "The Lottery" and "Waiting For Superman," but critics complained that while this year's selection process was technically open to the public, there was little advance notice and scant information about the application date and whereabouts made available.

Among those awaiting the results is George Schneiderman, a father of four-year-old twin boys who applied to Upper West Success Academy, several other charter schools and more than a dozen traditional public schools.

Schneiderman lives on West 117th Street and his children are zoned for P.S. 76, which received an F for student performance on its latest Department of Education progress report.

The father of two said he applied for Upper West Success Academy, which is part of Success Charter Network, because he was impressed with what he saw at SCN schools he visited.

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