Lois & Richard Nicotra Early College Charter School’s (NECCS) mission will be to promote an accelerated pathway to higher education, enabling students to graduate from high school with a Regents Diploma and as many as 60 college credits from St. John’s University, greatly increasing the likelihood of college graduation. Students will be admitted in 8th and 9th grade and will welcome all students, including those living with emotional challenges. The school is proposed to open in 2018 and will be located on Staten Island.
THE NECCS program will be divided into two components, college preparation and early college. Throughout grades 8-10, students will prepare for success within the college experience by taking prerequisite courses required for Regents diplomas and to prepare for college level academics. The early college component will begin as early as 11th grade, when students will begin attending college courses for credit at St. John’s University. By graduation, NECCS students will have the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits, with career emphasis within the criminal justice and business fields.