Charter Looks to Expand in Central Brooklyn
BUSHWICK — A popular elementary charter network is vying for expansion in central Brooklyn in fall of 2013.
Achievement First Charter — with 11 schools already in Bushwick, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville — is applying to open another elementary and middle school in one of the neighborhoods it already serves, the outreach coordinator Devyn Humphrey said.
The exact location has not yet been selected, but she said the purpose of expansion was to answer the community's demand. Overall, 6,500 students applied for 600 seats in the Brooklyn charters last year, she said.
"We've had a lot of demand from families in the Bushwick community," she said, noting that children qualifying for free and reduced-priced lunch received preference in the lottery for Achievement First schools.
If the new school successfully obtains a charter it will begin serving fifth-graders and will expand to serve years K-8, with about 90 students in each grade, she said.