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Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) is opening in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit group that has created more than 100 new small schools in New York City, and the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC), a Brooklyn secular social service agency. The Khalil Gibran International Academy will start with a 6th grade and grow to serve grades 6 to 12. The school offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum using project-based learning and integrates an international theme with the study of the Arabic language. The school’s goal is to prepare students for college and successful careers and to foster an understanding of different cultures, a love of learning, and desire for excellence in all of its students.

About the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC)

Established in 1993, the Arab American Family Support Center was created to serve the Arab immigrant community of New York City. The first Arabic-speaking social service agency in New York, AAFSC’s goal has broadened to serve not only the Arab community but to help new immigrants from many nations adjust to life in the United States.

As KGIA’s lead community partner, AAFSC plays an important role in the school. Their School Coordinator is responsible for the organization and implementation of all Expanded Learning Time programming at KGIA. AAFSC’s School Coordinator will be on-site at KGIA to ensure that all students and their families have access to a wide range of services, programs and activities, including ESL instruction, parenting and other classes, counseling, and access to healthcare.

Key Features of Khalil Gibran International Academy

  • Khalil Gibran International Academy is a New York City public school and will adhere to all State and City educational standards
  • Khalil Gibran International Academy follows New York City standard enrollment policies and serves students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The school will run on an extended day schedule from 8am to 4:15pm.
  • For its inaugual year, KGIA will be housed at 345 Dean Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, sharing the building with Brooklyn High School for the Arts and Math and Science Exploratory School.
  • Many additional organizations will lend their support to the school, providing educational and after-school programs. These organizations include:
    • ADC – Anti-Discrimination Committee
    • Alwan for the Arts
    • Brooklyn Museum
    • Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music
    • iEARN – International Education and Resource Network
    • Lutheran Healthcare
    • MSI Net, Inc.
    • NAAMA – National Arab American Medical Association
    • NAAP - Network of Arab American Professionals
    • New York Theater Workshop
    • New York Writers Coalition
    • Salaam Club
    • Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
    • Teacher’s College of Columbia University

· The school will require that all students take Arabic as a second language to fulfill the Arabic Regents requirements.

About the Khalil Gibran name

· Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Christian Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet and artist.

· His most famous work is The Prophet, a book of 26 poetic essays, which discusses the human condition and has chapters dealing with love, laws, freedom and reason, among others. 

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