62 NYC schools will conduct educational experiment

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – When New York City students return to class in the fall, thousands will be part of an educational experiment.

More than 60 schools across four boroughs – Staten Island not included – will be participating in the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE), a chance for educators to take total control over their curriculum.

The program emerged from the latest contract negotiations between the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers. It lets educators experiment with class sizes, adjust what time schools starts and ends, and change the way teachers are rated.

“Real change happens when educators are empowered to develop the best, tailored strategies to help their students succeed,” schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said in a statement Monday announcing the move.

“At dozens of schools across the city, these educators have come forward with new, innovative practices that can serve as a guide for all of our school communities and brighten the classroom experience for every child.”

All public schools in the city were invited to apply for the program. Some 107 schools submitted proposals that were then reviewed by a board of DOE and union representatives.

Sixty-two of those schools achieved 65 percent or more of the board’s vote necessary to be accepted into PROSE.

Below is a complete list of the 62 schools selected to be part of the program, per the NYC Department of Education:


  • Brooklyn Democracy Academy
  • Brooklyn International High School
  • Brooklyn New School
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • East Brooklyn Community High School
  • Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy
  • Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School
  • Lyons Community School
  • Mark Twain Intermediate
  • Olympus Academy High School
  • P.S. 188 – The Michael E. Berdy School
  • The International HS at Prospect Heights
  • The School of Integrated Learning


  • Bronx Arena High School
  • Bronx Collaborative High School
  • Bronx Community High School
  • Bronx High School for Law and Community Service
  • Bronx Lab School
  • Bronx Park Middle School
  • Bronx Writing Academy
  •  Community School for Social Justice
  • Comprehensive Model School Project
  • East Bronx Academy for the Future
  • English Language Learners and International Support Preparatory Academy
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • KAPPA International High School
  • Pan American International High School at Monroe
  • The Bronx Compass High School
  • The Highbridge Green School


  • Academy for Software Engineering
  • Beacon School
  • Castle Bridge School
  • Central Park East II
  • City as School High School
  • Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH)
  • East Side Community School
  • Essex Street Academy
  • Frank McCourt High School
  • Harvest Collegiate
  • Humanities Preparatory Academy
  • Innovation Diploma Plus HS
  • Institute for Collaborative Education
  • Manhattan International High School
  • NYC iSchool
  • PS 353 The Neighborhood School
  • Satellite Academy High School
  • The Earth School
  • The Ella Baker School
  • The Facing History School
  • The James Baldwin School
  • Urban Academy Laboratory High School
  • Vanguard High School
  • West Side Collaborative Middle School


  • Academy for Careers in Television and Film
  • International High School
  • Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College
  • North Queens Community High School
  • PS71 Forest Elementary
  • The Flushing International High School
  • The International High School for Health Sciences
  • Voyages Preparatory South Queens


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