Rise PhotoOver the past three years, the NYC Department of Education’s Renewal School Program has worked to support City public schools that have long struggled to provide students with a quality education.

Thanks to the program, Renewal Schools like P.S. 154 in the Bronx and Pan American International H.S. in Queens have seen a whole host of improvements, including increases in college readiness, graduation rates, attendance, teacher retention, instructional quality, and New York State exam scores, among others.

Now, in an effort to keep this progress rolling along, last month, we announced a new designation for schools in the Renewal program: Rise Schools.

Rise Schools are Renewal Schools that have seen steady gains across multiple measures over the past three years, including graduation rates, college readiness, State test scores, and attendance. All Rise Schools have met at least 67% of their Renewal benchmarks, are not on the State’s Priority list, and have demonstrated sustainable improvement plans that will allow them to build on their progress from the past three years with fewer resources.

Rise Schools will fully transition out of the Renewal School program at the end of the current school year. Once out out of the Renewal School Program, Rise Schools will have greater independence and receive targeted supports as well as continued monitoring following an immediate needs assessment conducted by superintendents, Field Support Center personnel, and other DOE staff members. Like all Renewal Schools, Rise Schools will remain Community Schools and will continue to be supported and held accountable for meeting annual targets. In addition, all Rise Schools will permanently maintain their community partnerships and 100 percent of their designated Fair Student Funding.

Rise Schools will also benefit from an expedited roll-out of the DOE’s Equity and Excellence for All initiatives. In September 2018, every Rise School will have new computer science instruction as part of Computer Science for All; every Rise middle school will benefit from Algebra for All; and every Rise high school will have new Advanced Placement courses as part of AP for All. Additionally, every Rise elementary school will receive support from a dedicated reading coach as part of the City’s Universal Literacy plan, and every Rise middle and high school will be part of College Access for All.

The following 21 schools will become the City’s first-ever Rise Schools:


  • PS 015 Roberto Clemente (01M015)
  • Orchard Collegiate Academy (01M292)
  • Renaissance School of the Arts (04M377)
  • IS 528 Bea Fuller Rodgers School (06M528)


  • PS 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt (07X154)
  • Bronx Early College Academy for Teacher and Learning (09X324)
  • DreamYard Preparatory School (09X329)
  • JHS 080 The Mosholu Parkway (10X080)
  • The Bronx School of Young Leaders (10X331)
  • Urban Scholars Community School (12X463)


  • PS 067 Charles A. Dorsey (13K067)
  • JHS 050 John D. Wells (14K050)
  • East Flatbush Community Research School (18K581)
  • Brooklyn Generation School (18K566)
  • PS 328 Phyllis Wheatley (19K328)
  • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory (19K659)


  • Pan American International High School (24Q296)
  • PS 197 The Ocean School (27Q197)
  • JHS 008 Richard S. Grossley (28Q008)
  • Ebbets Field Middle School (17K352)
  • John Adams High School (27Q480)

To learn more about the City’s Rise Schools, check out the DOE’s Twitter page, and stay tuned to the Morning Bell for future updates about the program.

Congratulations to all of our newly-designated Rise Schools!

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