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The South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School (SBECA) was approved by the NYS Board of Regents in Decemeber 2015 and is set to open in Spetemeber of 2015 in city school district 7. SBECA will begin with an enrollment of 110 6th grade students, adding a new 6th grade class in each of the folowing years buildign to 6-12. SBECA is committed to offering Bronx students an exceptional comprehensive education which includes:
Learning motivated by deep engagement with the questions and knowledge making processes that define the disciplines,
Music, art, and computer science - as well as history, literature, mathematics, and science - as the core curriculum,
Opportunities for interdisciplinary studies through authentic connections between subject area studies promoted through teacher collaboration,
An emphasis on literacy throughout the curriculum, building a fluency of ideas as well as the language skills critical to academic and career success,
Close connections to families and neighborhood through service learning and regular school/community events and collaborations,
Attention to individual learner needs through advisory groups, formative assessment, and targeted interventions,
An integrated partnership with WHEDco, a community-based organization with a 25 year history in the Bronx, providing essential supports for students and their families, see - http://www.whedco.org,
Graduate students in yearlong residencies supporting teaching and student learning as they prepare to become NYC teachers,
Students completing dual enrollment college courses during the 11th and 12th grades, college ready and with earned credits towards degree completion.