New Schools

New District and Charter Schools

How You Can Open a New School

Learn what it takes to open a new district school in New York City.

About New District Schools

Work at a New School

Learn about the new district schools that opened in 2013.

New District Schools

The mission of the Office of New Schools (ONS) is to continually improve access to high quality education for all students in NYC, by selecting and training effective leaders to open up high-performing schools that prepare all students for success in college, careers and the competitive world beyond.  Since 2002, more than 400 new schools have been created to offer more options to students and communities; 51 new district elementary, middle and high schools opened in September 2013.   In addition to vetting and preparing the new school principal candidates, ONS provides post-opening support in concert with Networks and district superintendents.  By following the link below, prospective new district school leaders can join this elite group of New York City change-makers.

If you are interested in opening a new district school, click here.

    New and Proposed Charter Schools

    Overseeing and supporting new charter schools is one strategy that the Department of Education uses to improve opportunities and meet community needs. As of September 2012, there will be more than 150 public charter schools in New York City's five boroughs. Each charter school is governed by a not-for-profit board of trustees which may include educators, community members, and leaders from the private sector. Charters have freedom to establish their own policies, design their own educational programs, and manage their human and financial resources. Charter schools in New York are accountable, through the terms of a five-year performance contract, for high student achievement. Because of this, charter schools can offer unique choices to parents as they look for the school that best fits their child.

    If you're interested in opening a new charter school, click here.