Lavelle Prep High School Hosts Annual Friendsgiving Feast

In anticipation for the holiday season, Lavelle Prep hosted our annual Friendsgiving feast for the high school students last Friday. The afternoon began with a delicious lunch prepared by our very own teachers and staff in celebration of our Lavelle family. Much of our food was graciously donated by community partners, including Stop and Shop, […]

Begin Again

Bernie always wanted us to begin again from scratch. That has become an important principle in my practice. Problem-solving best begins with a fresh canvas. We constantly begin again. Every year, our schools begin again, even when it seems unnecessary. There are new members of every team every year, new ingredients in the mix. We […]

Integration Charter Schools at Black Heritage Family Day

In honor of African Heritage Month, Integration Charter Schools joined the Staten Island community this past Saturday in celebrating culture, raising awareness, and promoting racial unity at our city’s annual Black Heritage Family Day.  We would like to give a special shout-out to our organization’s community liaison, Ben Owususekyere, as well as our director of external relations, […]

Nicotra Students Begin Classes at St. John’s University

In its fourth year of operation, Nicotra Early College Charter School is proud to announce that this semester, 27 students have begun their studies on the St. John’s University Staten Island Campus.  Through a community partnership, Nicotra is unique in providing students with the opportunity to earn credits at St. John’s while still enrolled in […]


The Buddha tells the story in the Lotus Sutra of the spiritual seekers setting out in search of what? Enlightenment? Their guide points and far in the distance they catch a glimpse of glimmering towers of gold. The trek begins. Day after day, through arduous terrain. At first, they catch sight of the towers only […]

New Ventures Charter School Counseling Team Speaks Out on Suicide Prevention

For the New Ventures and Integration Charter Schools family, “see something, say something” has taken on an entirely new meaning.  With the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there has been an emphasis on the importance of physical health within our country in the past year. However, as the pandemic continues, there is a critical need […]

Full Circle: From Student To Teacher

One of our greatest achievements here at Integration Charter Schools is following up with our former students, and seeing where their futures have led. For one former Lavelle Prep student, Demie Medley, we don’t have to look too far — as she is now in her first year of teaching at Lavelle Prep Elementary. Upon […]

In-Person Learning Suspended Until At Least February 22, 2021

Dear Families: As you know, in December we updated you that all Integration Charter Schools (“ICS”) will be closed for in-person learning until at least January 19, 2021.  Due to the continuously increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases on Staten Island, we have made the difficult decision to prolong our closure for in-person learning until at least […]