For BCHS, Six Is The New Magic Number
For Beach Channel High School, the two magic numbers are two and six.
Two, for the two years it has left before its last graduating class turns out the lights and the school becomes the Beach Channel Educational Campus, just as Far Rockaway High School became the Far Rockaway Educational Campus at the end of the last school year.
And six, for the number of small schools that will inhabit its walls beginning in September of 2013, due to the addition of a charter school called The Community Charter School for Success.
The charter school joins the Rockaway Collegiate High School, which was opened last September; what is left of Beach Channel High School; The Channel View School for Research; The Rockaway Park High School for Environmental
Sustainability and a District 75 special education school.
While the new school is slated to begin with 100 students in grade 6, its planned growth should bring it to 300 students in grades 6 to 8 in year five.
The Department of Education declined to provide the student enrollment for each of the schools in the building and the school websites do not provide that information.
As with all charter schools, admission will be by application and there will be a lottery should there be more applications than there are seats.
The Department of Education has set a hearing on the proposed school co-location that is set for Friday, August 24 at the school.
Sign-in for speakers will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation, followed by questions and comments, will begin at 6 p.m.