Application for the Lois and Richard Nicotra Early College School Approved by Board of Regents

The New York State Board of Regents has approved the charter application for the Nicotra Early College Charter School (NECCS).

NECCS’ mission is 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 all students will be welcomed, including those living with emotional challenges. The school will open in 2018 and will be located on Staten Island in the brand new Corporate Commons 3 in the Teleport.

The school’s namesakes, Lois and Richard Nicotra said, “We believe that education is the key to success and we know that the key to Staten Island’s future is educational opportunity for all children.” They added, “We see the time and talent dedicated by the Integration Charter School team to the students in their current schools, Lavelle Preparatory Charter School and New Ventures. That gives us the confidence to lend our name to this new school.”

Integration Charter School’s President Ken Byalin is looking forward to the expansion of ICS’ mission of full integration of students with unique opportunities through the network. “We at Integration Charter Schools are thrilled to be partnering with Lois and Richard Nicotra and Saint John’s University to create Staten Island’s first-ever early college high school program. Together we are creating a network of schools fully integrating students with emotional challenges and other disabilities which be the envy of communities throughout the United States,” he said.

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.

ICS is dedicated to providing innovative pathways to college that fully integrate students living with emotional challenges and others with special needs. In building a network of associated schools which share this common mission, ICS strives to fill gaps in public education. When fully realized, ICS, in conjunction with the local public schools, will provide Staten Island parents of special needs children with an array of options which is richer than that enjoyed by any other community in the United States.

Lottery information for interested families will soon follow.