Dear Science Academy of New York Charter Schools and the community,
With great enthusiasm, I wish to thank all of you who have worked tirelessly and continuously to make our mission of educating students in the City of Syracuse and in Utica not only a reality, but also a model of success. As a result of your efforts and dedication, we have won approval by the New York State Department of Education to open our proposed Citizenship and Science Academy of Rochester Charter School in the Rochester area.
After much thorough research and scrutiny among close to 20 different charter school applicants throughout New York State, the New York State Department of Education advanced only our proposed Citizenship and Science Academy of Rochester Charter school (initially serving grades K-2 and growing gradually every year) and the Board of Regents approved it today. We were chosen based on our 17-year record of financial stability, academic success in state testing, cohort graduation rates, instructional practices and overall parent and student satisfaction rates. As stated by the Vice Chancellor Brown and Commissioner Rosa during yesterday’s Board meeting, it is the track record and strong work happening in your existing schools. It really is the testament to all of the fantastic work that every SANY Staff have been doing. As NYSED Charter School Office applaud all of the schools’ dual commitment to students’ academic and social-emotional development while at the same time being tireless partners with all schools, district, charter, non-public, to share lessons learned.
Our decision to start another charter school in Rochester was prompted by the need expressed by the community and community Leaders who invited us to replicate a similar charter school in the Rochester area a few years ago. During our extensive outreach in the Rochester area, we heard families’ pleas for help and have acted to help them, despite many inevitable obstacles. With your support, we can continue to educate students who not only will graduate from high school, but also pursue higher education and professions that will enable them to be productive members of the Rochester community and society at large. Serving the children of today will help build a successful future for everyone.
It is an honor and privilege for me to work side by side with such wonderful staff at SANY Charter Schools who really care, go the extra mile and make the schools such a great positive conducive learning environment for our inner city children. All your hard work is truly Appreciated. Stay safe, healthy and have a Wonderful Holiday!
Dr. Tolga Hayali