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The Proposed Expansion of the Co-location of Harlem Success Academy 5 Charter School (84M482) with P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson (05M123) in School Building M123

Harlem Success Academy 5 Charter School (84M482, “HSA 5”) is an existing public charter school located at 301 West 140th Street, New York, NY, 10030, in Community School District 5 (“District 5”), in Building M123 (“M123”). It currently serves students in Kindergarten through first grade. HSA 5 is co-located with P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson (05M123, “P.S. 123”), a zoned school which serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grade and offers a Pre-Kindergarten program. A “co-location” means that two or more school organizations are located in the same building and may share common spaces like auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.

On April 20, 2010, the Panel for Educational Policy (“PEP”) approved the co-location of two grade levels of HSA 5 with P.S. 123 in M123. In the Educational Impact Statement (“EIS”) describing that proposal, the Department of Education (“DOE”) stated that it would assess the available space in M123 to determine whether there is sufficient space for HSA 5 to continue to add additional grades in M123. After conducting such an assessment, the DOE has determined that there is sufficient space for HSA 5 to add an additional grade level in M123.

On December 16, 2011, the DOE published an EIS describing a proposal to expand the co-location of HSA 5 so that it will serve grades K-2 in M123. This proposal was never presented to the PEP for a vote. On March 2, 2011, the DOE issued a new EIS, which described a proposal to expand of the co-location of HSA 5 so that it will serve grades K-2 in M123, and included new information about a new special education program at HSA 5. The self-contained special education class would serve second grade students enrolled at HSA 5 and Harlem Success Academy 2 (84M384, “HSA 2”), an existing public charter school located at 144-176 East 128th Street in Community School District 5. Success Charter Network is seeking authorization from its authorizer, the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (“SUNY CSI”), to enable it to serve students from HSA 2 requiring special education services in the HSA 5 location.

On March 4, 2011, the EIS was amended to clarify the characterization of special education services at HSA 5 and the statistics of special needs populations served; however, these changes did not substantially revise the proposal itself.

The DOE has now published a second amended EIS and amended Building Utilization Plan (“BUP”). The second amended EIS corrects typographical and formatting errors, includes the rationale behind HSA 5’s grade expansion and addition of a self-contained special education class, updates the link to the Citywide Instructional Footprint, clarifies that P.S. 123 and HSA 5 will continue to provide all mandated services to their respective students with disabilities and English Language Learner students, discusses the construction of a science lab, scheduled for completion in November 2011, which impacts the use of library space below the lab, and clarifies that HSA 5 is managed by Success Charter Network, but does not modify or revise the proposal itself. The amended BUP, which is annexed thereto, includes additional information related to the shared space schedule, current construction projects in M123, and corrects the enrollment projection for P.S. 123 for 2011-2012.

Extending the co-location and allowing HSA 5 to expand by one grade would maintain District 5 elementary students’ access to a high quality option. HSA 5 is managed by Success Charter Network (“SCN”), which manages seven other charter schools in New York, including Harlem Success Academy 1 (84M351, “HSA 1”). In 2009-2010, HSA 1 students scored above all zoned elementary and K-8 school in District 5. HSA 1 was the only SCN school that served testing grade levels in 2009-2010.

Extending the co-location and allowing HSA 5 to expand by one grade would maintain District 5 elementary students’ access to a high quality option. Permitting HSA 5 and HSA 2 offer a self-contained class at M123 will further the goal of serving the needs of all students in the community.

Educational Impact Statement

Read the full description of the proposal here. (Second Amended 4.12.2011)

Building Utilization Plan

Read the full description of the building utilization plan here.  (Amended 4.12.2011) 

Sharing Your Concerns and Questions

The DOE is seeking your feedback.

In addition, parents, staff, and other community members may submit questions and comments at any time:

Yoo Jin Cheong
(212) 374-3466

D05Proposals@schools.nyc.gov

 We look forward to working with you!

Joint Public Hearing

In addition, a joint public hearing will be held to gather community feedback:

Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Harlem Success Academy 5 / P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson, 301 West 140th Street, New York, NY, 10030
Archive:   Read a transcript of a hearing here

Date: January 27, 2011
Time:
6:00 p.m.
Location:
Harlem Success Academy 5 / P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson, 301 W. 140th Street, New York, NY, 10030 
Canceled due to weather: rescheduled hearing date

Panel for Educational Policy Vote on the Proposal

Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: 
Prospect Heights Campus, 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11225  

For more information, see the PEP website

Date:
February 1, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Background

In the 2010-11 school year, P.S. 123 completed its previously approved grade expansion and now serves Kindergarten through eighth grade students. It also offers a Pre-Kindergarten program.

In order for HSA 5 to add one additional grade and serve a self-contained special education class in M123, the school would require three full-size classrooms above its current room allocation, plus one half-size classroom. Based on current enrollment and the space planning that was completed in order to allow HSA 5 to open in M123 in August 2010, the Office of Space Planning has determined that P.S. 123 would continue to receive four full-size classrooms above the baseline room allocation set forth by the Citywide Instructional Footprint (“Footprint”) even after three full-size classrooms and one half-size classroom are reallocated to HSA 5. This space allocation is further detailed in the Building Utilization Plan (“BUP”), which is available in full text on PEP website. 

HSA 5 is chartered to serve grades K-5. The DOE recognizes there is not sufficient space in M123 for HSA 5 to grow to full scale based on its chartered enrollment plan. The DOE will consider all long-term options to accommodate the anticipated growth of HSA 5, including re-siting HSA 5, requesting that HSA 5 revise its enrollment plan, and/or leaving some of HSA 5’s grades in M123 and placing other grades in a different location.

Any proposal to further extend the co-location of HSA 5 with P.S. 123 in the M123 building, or make it a permanent site for all or some of HSA 5’s grades, would be the subject of a separate EIS and must be approved by the PEP prior to implementation. 

Key Facts 

§ School Building M123 has the capacity to serve 1,044 students. The 2010-2011 combined enrollment of HSA 5 and P.S. 123 is 918, yielding a building utilization rate of 88% of target capacity. If this proposal were approved and HSA 5 expands by one additional grade, M123’s projected enrollment for both schools will be 973-983 students in 2011-2012, resulting in a utilization rate of 93-94%.  Projected enrollment for the schools in the building are as follows: 

 

P.S. 123

HSA 5

Total

Building Utilization

2010-2011

731

188

919

88%

2011-2012

724-734

249

973-983

93-94%

§ A science lab is being created within space allocated to P.S. 123 to meet the needs of the middle school science curriculum. This project is scheduled for completion in November, 2011. The construction of the science lab has impacted the use of the library which is located directly below the lab.

§ P.S. 123 and HSA 5 students would not be adversely affected by this proposal.

o    There is sufficient space in M123 for HSA 5 to expand by one grade in the 2011-2012 school year and to add a self-contained special education class.  

o    The DOE does not anticipate that this proposal would impact the partnerships of P.S. 123.  All school organizations in the building would continue to offer extracurricular programs based on student interests, available resources, and staff support for those programs.

o    This proposal will not impact P.S. 123’s ability to offer middle school grades or its Pre-Kindergarten program. In addition, the Graham-Windham organization, which provides counseling and social services to students in P.S. 123, will remain in the building and is anticipated to continue providing services at the same level. HSA 5 students do not participate in these services.

o    Principals from both schools would develop a schedule to share certain resources—like the auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, and library—so that both schools would have access to those spaces as needed. The amended BUP contains a proposed shared space schedule that the Building Council is free to modify.