Amber in the Press

  • Amber Adds On

    Amber Charter School has opened a new location in Kingsbridge. Located at 3120 Corlear Avenue, the school is serving 250 children grades K through 2. Amber Kingsbridge, which began classes in September, will eventually go up to fifth grade, adding one grade per year. Principal Verónica Almedina said the school district is known for overcrowded public schools and few quality options for families. “We hope to alleviate some of that,” she said. “We want to give people another option.” Executive Director Vasthi Acosta said the curriculum at Amber is heavily focused on the arts, including visual arts and music.

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance will feature a compilation of blogs and stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 30 percent of students attending public charter schools of Hispanic descent. Check back between Friday, September 15 and Friday, October 13 to see new features in our #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or follow us at @charteralliance to keep up with the latest in the series! The charter school movement is one of diversity and inclusion. As Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) begins, the National Alliance is proud to recognize the dedicated Hispanic educators, families, and students who strengthen public charter schools and the communities they serve. Charter schools’ autonomy allow many schools to provide unique services that meet the needs of their diverse student population—from offering second language support and elevated levels of cultural responsiveness and family engagement, to hiring teachers who reflect the diversity of the community.

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  • Mayor de Blasio approves four charters to co-locate inside public schools

    Khorri Atkinson | 9/18/2014, 1:59 p.m. On the first day of the public school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned charter schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision, he will not give them space in public schools. Less than a week later, he has decided to offer space...

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  • Large crowd expected for rally, but many charters still staying home

    Geoff Decker headshot By Geoff Deckergdecker@chalkbeat.org PUBLISHED: October 1, 2014 – 9:42 p.m. EST Thursday’s much-hyped charter school rally in downtown Manhattan is estimated to draw thousands of students, parents, teachers, and political allies in support of their education policies. What it doesn’t have, for a third straight year, is...

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  • Fariña reveals preferences in selective embrace of charters

    By ELIZA SHAPIRO 5:31 a.m. | Nov. 25, 2014 1 She has visited at least 13 charters during her chancellorship, and most of them are independent with specialized instruction for high-needs students. Fariña and Mayor Bill de Blasio have spoken broadly about their shared hope that certain specialized charters can...

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  • 3 Ways NYC Schools Stretch Their Technology Dollars

    New York City schools take a look at staffing, the type of equipment they purchase and ways to extend the life of technology. BY TANYA ROSCORLA / JANUARY 20, 2015 NEW YORK CITY — Over the last five years, Amber Charter School has brought in more laptops, tablets and interactive...

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  • Fifteen Fervor

    Posted by: Erik Cuello in News, Politics/Government, Local, Education September 29, 2015 When, in 1999, the founders of the Amber Charter School were writing proposals, they were determined to establish the school uptown, for the children of Washington Heights. “[But] we couldn’t find a building,” laughs Soledad Hiciano. She would...

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  • NYC’s new plan to diversify public schools – but will it change status quo?

    Last week, the New York City Department of Education announced that they would not be rezoning several schools in Manhattan’s District 3 on the Upper West Side. Due to a flurry of new high-rises, the very popular and high-scoring PS 199 has had to wait-list and turn away families zoned...

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  • Inside Schools- Amber Charter School

    Amber Charter School 220 EAST 106 STREET MANHATTAN NY 10029 Phone: (212) 534-9667 Website: Click here Admissions: Lottery/District 4 priority Principal: Sasha Elliot Neighborhood: East Harlem District: 4 Grade range: K-5 View more DOE statistics Unzoned Charter School What’s special: Small classes, lots of individual support for students The downside:...

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  • Setting the Stage

    Long before the award-winning musical, they were bringing their own Hamiltons to Broadway.‎ For the past decade, low-income families have been provided affordable and unprecedented access to Broadway shows, thanks to an innovative program that seeks to instill a love of theater and cultivate audience members within underserved communities. Launched in 2005 by The Broadway League, the Family First Nights program places those who might otherwise miss out on high-end performances front and center in some of the most vaunted theaters of the Great White Way – and also offers unique opportunities to engage cast and...

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