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We have great news to share! SUNY approves The Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School application.

On Thursday June 8th, The SUNY Charter Schools Institute Committee approved the application for the Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School.

The Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School application successfully demonstrated and met the rigorous standards detailed in the Institute’s 2017 RFP.

It is an incredibly exciting time for CMCS and the communities we serve!

Our goal is to provide at-risk children; children in foster care, in prevention services, and children in the neediest communities with the proper educational, clinical and medical support so that the overall needs of each child are met, allowing them to learn, excel and set them on a path to live healthy, safe and independent lives.

The Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School will serve in a way whereby we change the trajectory of lives.

info@cmcscharter.org for more information.

As a provider of foster care and prevention services in the Bronx we know that there are not enough existing community resources to meet the unique educational needs of the children in our care.

Without early intervention, the reality for the thousands of foster children who ultimately “age out” of foster care is grim.

The mission of Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School is to address the academic, social-emotional and developmental needs of its students in a safe, supportive and trauma-sensitive learning environment. Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School is committed to serving at-risk students, including students in foster care and students receiving preventive services. Through a rigorous program of instruction utilizing a trauma-informed, Sanctuary approach and by providing a wide range of wraparound support services, Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School will help each student become more resilient, independent and academically successful.

Within 4 years of aging out:

  • 25% experience homelessness
  • less than half graduate from high school
  • 42% become parents themselves
  • more than 80% are unable to support themselves

Beyond youth in foster care and prevention, we will also serve children from low-income households and/or English Language Learners (ELL), whom are at an educational disadvantage to their peers.