New district schools focus on meeting the needs of all students, particularly the hardest to serve. Starting a new school is a significant opportunity to influence students’ lives and serve New York City families and students. It is also intense and demanding; the rigorous application process is designed to gauge leaders’ readiness to meet these challenges and evaluate their proposed school models. The Office of New Schools Leadership Competencies are used throughout the selection process as the framework for the assessment of candidates.
The selection process consists of four phases, and candidates are notified at each phase whether or not they will advance. The process includes one evening assessment session, one or more interviews, one or more school visits, and a variety of written submissions. Throughout the process, candidates develop their new school proposals. Successful proposals reflect expertise and careful thought in the requisite areas, represent the leader’s fundamental beliefs about education, and outline a coherent plan with strong alignment between the philosophy, structure and instructional plan.
The phases and elements of the selection process are outlined below.
Candidates must possess SAS/SBL or SDA/SDL certification, or be enrolled in a license-granting program in order to meet all license requirements by July 1, 2014.
The Fall application cycle is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about the Office of New Schools selection process, please complete our prospective applicant form here.