City Renames Schools Marked for Closure

By Jill Colvin on May 11, 2012 11:44am 

The High School of Graphic Communication Arts received an 'F' in this year's progress report.
The High School of Graphic Communication Arts received an 'F' in this year's progress report.
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NEW YORK — They’re going to need some extra letters for their signs.

The Department of Education has announced the new names for two dozen schools set to close and re-open this summer — and some of them are quite the mouthful.

John Dewey High School in Brooklyn will now be known as the Shorefront High School of Arts and Sciences at John Dewey Campus, and Newton High School in Queens will become the College and Career Academies High School at Newtown Campus, as part of the reshuffling.

Instead of I.S. 339, students will attend the Bronx Middle School of Academic and Career Technology. Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem will become the People's School of the Arts.

The names were developed through conversations with community members, students, teachers and alumni, according to the DOE.

“This is an exciting day for thousands of students and their school communities, turning a page and looking ahead to a fresh start next fall,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement.

“I want to congratulate all 24 schools on a thorough process to propose school names that honor their histories, their neighborhoods, and their new visions for success,” he said.

The Panel for Educational Policy voted to approve the new closures last month, despite staunch opposition from many students, teachers and the teachers' union.

The United Federation of Teachers has sued to block the closures, and the case is now pending in court.

The plan to close the schools came after the city and UFT failed to reach a deal on a teacher evaluation system. Under the “turnaround” model, which could qualify the city for tens of millions of federal dollars, the city can fire up to half of the teachers without having to go through the usual, lengthy hearings process.

The new names are:

High School of Graphic Communication Arts will be Creative Digital Minds High School

Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School will be People's School of the Arts

Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School will be Bronx Institute for Automotive Technology

Herbert H. Lehman High School will be Throggs Neck High School at the Lehman Campus

Banana Kelly High School will be Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Longwood

J.H.S. 022 Jordan L. Mott will be The College Avenue Academy

I.S. 339 will be Bronx Middle School of Academic and Career Technology

Bronx High School of Business will be Business Enterprise High School

J.H.S. 080 The Mosholu Parkway will be Norwood Academy of Communal Excellence at the Isobel Rooney Campus

The Angelo Patri Middle School will be Innovative School of Excellence at the Angelo Patri Campus

Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology will be East Fordham College & Career Preparatory High School

MS 142 John Philip Sousa will be North Bronx Academy

John Ericsson Middle School 126 will be The Greenpoint Community Middle School at the John Ericsson Campus

Automotive High School will be Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology

J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin will be School of Integrated Academics and Performing Arts at the George Gershwin Campus

John Dewey High School will be Shorefront High School of Arts and Sciences at John Dewey Campus

Sheepshead Bay High School will be Academy of Career Exploration of Sheepshead Bay

Newtown High School will be College and Career Academies High School at Newtown Campus

Flushing High School will be Rupert B. Thomas Academy at the Flushing Campus

August Martin High School will be School of Opportunities at the August Martin Campus

Richmond Hill High School will be 21st Century School of Richmond Hill

John Adams High School will be Future Leaders High School at the John Adams Campus

William Cullen Bryant High School will be Academy of Humanities and Applied Science at the William Cullen Bryant Campus

Long Island City High School will be Global Scholars Academies of Long Island City

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