ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
Charter schools are free, public schools that accept higher degrees of accountability in exchange for fewer bureaucratic regulations. Catering specifically to its student body, a charter school has greater flexibility in scheduling, curriculum design, teacher development and incentives, and administrative procedures. Student applicants are offered free admission through an official lottery selection process. In the event that seats are left after the lottery, charter schools maintain a waiting list.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR SCHOOL?
Supported by a collaborative faculty of high-quality professional educators, students are immersed in a rigorous curriculum based on the best of both American and French systems, specifically designed to prepare students for success in the emerging global community. Additionally, our French teachers are all native Francophone speakers.
We value diversity: We work hard to ensure that our community reflects the full diversity of our district, Community School District 3 and the city at large. This provides our students the added opportunity of learning from each other.
We nurture excellent teachers: Significant professional development is required of all faculty. We also offer teachers the chance to participate in a collaborative teaching and learning environment.
HOW ARE ADMISSIONS DETERMINED?
Admission is open to all NYC students. Students who live in our District 3 have preference to seats. Selection is made by random lottery. Students register for our lottery simply by completing an application. A waiting list is maintained in the event there are seats available after lottery. Please click here to be directed to our admissions page.
HOW IS YOUR SCHOOL FUNDED?
Like traditional public schools, public charter schools are funded by the New York State Department of Education based on student enrollment. NYFACS receives approximately $13,000 per student (more for low-income students and students with special needs) yet additional funds must be raised by our school because this per student allotment is less than that expenditure for a student enrolled in non-chartered public school. Fundraising supports NYFACS’ expanded academic programs, our facility needs, and allows the school to best serve our students.
MY CHILD HAS AN IEP OR IS RECEIVING OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES, CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE HIS/HER NEEDS?
We accommodate Students with Special Needs and our Special Education Coordinator works to ensure the students’ individual learning needs are met.
DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROVIDE SERVICES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNERS?
Services are available to support students who are English Language Learners as well as French Language Learners. Contact us for more details.
DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE A SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY?
We have a dress code that we ask students to adhere to which consists of navy blue bottoms with light blue or navy tops.
WHICH MIDDLE SCHOOLS DO NYFACS STUDENTS ATTEND AFTER 5TH GRADE?
NYFACS Students have been accepted to and attending the following Middle Schools in NYC:
- 05M362 – Columbia Secondary School
- MS54 – Booker T. Washington
- Lycee Francais de New York
- MS256 – Academic & Athletic Excellence (French Dual Language Program)
- P.S/I.S.180 Hugo Newman
- Mott Hall II
- MS286 – Renaissance Leadership Academy
- Young Women’s Leadership School