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NEW YORK: Four charter schools set to open in Rochester this fall

schoolThere will be four new charter schools this fall in Rochester, including an arts-heavy elementary school, a middle school with small class sizes and a career-focused high school for boys.

The elementary school, Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts, will aim for an “enlightened adolescence” with a focus on arts, literacy and “character education,” according to its website. It will begin with grades K-2 in August and eventually expand to K-6.

PUC Achieve Charter School, the middle school, will follow the same model as several schools now open in California. “PUC” stands for “partnerships to uplift communities,” and the schools stress small class sizes, long school days and honors-level education for all students.

It will enroll fifth-graders in August and will eventually be open to grades 5-8.

The high school, Vertus Charter School, will run year-round, incorporating online lessons with “learning labs” and group work, according to its website.

It is led by Perry White, founder of the high-performing Citizens Academy charter school in Cleveland, and Leigh McGuigan, a former lawyer and investment banker who has been involved with public and charter schools in Cleveland and New York City. It will enroll ninth graders only when it opens in September.

Also opening in the fall is Rochester Preparatory Charter School 3, a high school that will collaborate with Rochester Institute of Technology and accept students graduating from Rochester Prep’s middle school classes.

Source: Democrat & Chronicle – by Justin Murphy

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