Approximately 2,000 city sixth graders will stay an extra two and half hours at school beginning this September. The city has named 20 schools that will get a pilot program that extends the school day for high-needs students.
The schools include six in the Bronx, six in Brooklyn, five in Queens and three in Manhattan, the city's Department of Education announced.
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The students in the program will receive intense literacy training during the extra hours.
The program is a part of the expansion of the Middle School Quality Initiative. Launched in 2011, the initiative focuses on deepening instruction for students in grades 6 through 8.
An additional 20 schools were also added to the initiative without the extended-day model, the DOE announced on Monday. The total number of schools in the initiative is now 89.
“We are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for college and 21st century careers, and the Middle School Quality Initiative has been central to this mission,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.
The expansion is being funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, the City Council, the DOE and others.
The schools that will receive the extended learning day pilot are:
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School (Brooklyn)
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology (Bronx)
Waterside School for Leadership (Queens)
PS/IS 116 William C. Hughley (Queens)
Queens United Middle School (Queens)
Eagle Academy for Young Men (Bronx)
The Highbridge Green School (Bronx)
East Flatbush Community Research School (Brooklyn)
P.S. 043 (Queens)
J.H.S. 143 Eleanor Roosevelt (Manhattan)
South Bronx Academy for Applied Media (Bronx)
I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington (Brooklyn)
Renaissance School of the Arts (Manhattan)
Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change (Manhattan)
I.S. 340 (Brooklyn)
Andries Hudde (Brooklyn)
Frederick Douglass Academy V. Middle School (Bronx)
P.S. 109 (Brooklyn)
J.H.S. 123 James M. Kieran (Bronx)
Village Academy (Queens)