News, Announcements, and Media Press

  • New Dawn celebrates a full term 5 year renewal through 2022

    New Dawn Charter High School is proud to announce that we have been granted a full term 5 year renewal of our charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The recent vote to renew our charter term will allow New Dawn to continue to service our unique population through the 2021-2022 school year. A huge congratulations to all who have made this possible including our staff, students, and families. 

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  • New Dawn Featured on Northeast Charter School Network blog series

    We are thrilled to be featured on the Northeast Charter School Network's blog series on schools that make a difference!



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  • New Dawn Board Member Honored

    Congratulations to Board of Trustees member Samir Souidi for his breakthrough work in technology, helping people in refugee camps. Very proud of our founding Board member for the recognition of this very important, groundbreaking work.

    InsideNGO honored Samir Souidi, Enterprise Systems/Software Architect at Population Council, with its 2016 Excellence Award in Information Technology at its annual conference, Achieving Global Impact, in Washington, DC, last evening.

    The InsideNGO Excellence Awards were established in 2010 to recognize professionals within the development sector who are innovating, collaborating, and ensuring operational excellence within their organizations. Souidi’s nomination, submitted by Population Council’s Stan Mierzwa, Director of Information Technology and James Sailer, VP of Corporate Affairs, lauded his development of a breakthrough tool that collects data in refugee camps, allowing more timely, accurate, and extensive research to be conducted among the camps’ vulnerable populations. This type of tool had never been used in refugee camps previously, due to challenges such as low literacy levels and the multiple languages spoken by refugees, as well as interruptions in power and Internet services. Souidi’s tool has also been recognized by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

    “InsideNGO recognizes the value that strong operational units bring to mission-driven NGOs,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Dente of InsideNGO at the awards ceremony, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “IT plays a critical role in the NGO community—in terms of communication, data management, and innovating new products that serve people in need. Samir Souidi, through his commitment to excellence, is contributing to our shared mission of achieving global impact in addressing some of the world’s most pressing social issues.”

    Winners were chosen from among 50 nominations submitted by InsideNGO member organizations across the US and internationally earlier this year. Nominators were asked to submit detailed recommendations explaining how their nominees demonstrated a commitment to NGO operational excellence. The other award winners recognized during the ceremony included:

    Line Kewe of Literacy Bridge in Seattle, WA, and the Programs System Unit from Pathfinder International in Watertown, MA, (tie) for Excellence in Cross Operations
    Dr. Si Thura of Community Partners International in Yangon, Myanmar, the Emerging Leader Award
    Elizabeth Atherton of Nuru International in Irvine, CA, for Excellence in Finance
    Ken Repp of Education Development Center in Waltham, MA, for Excellence in Grants & Contracts
    Bonnie Karns of International City/County Management (ICMA) in Washington, DC, for Excellence in Human Resources
    Nearly 1,100 development practitioners from 198 different organizations attended InsideNGO’s annual conference this year, making it one of the largest gatherings of professionals in the relief and development community.


    InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity. Learn more at


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College Readiness

Despite our student’s previous academic history, we still believe they deserve an equal opportunity to better their lives by attending institutions of higher education.  New Dawn has developed a college readiness culture as evidenced by the following areas:

  • Students between 11-25 credits have the opportunity to take the PSAT exam.
  • Students interested in attending college, especially 4 year institutions, are encouraged to take the SAT exam.
  • Students have opportunities to attend college fairs and visit various NYC based colleges/universities.
  • Admissions presentations from CUNY, SUNY, and private institutions are offered at the school.
  • College Admissions and financial aid nights are offered for all students.
  • Students receive individualized assistance for developing personal statement college essays.
  • Students and parents receive individualized financial aid counseling regarding FAFSA, TAP, and federal loans

College Now

The College Now program is a city-wide collaborative program with the City University of New York (CUNY) and more than 350 New York City public high schools.  New Dawn Charter High School has partnered with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to provide students a head start in college while also helping them improve their level of academic achievement in high school. The overall program aims to:

  • Increase student preparation and access to college level course work, professors, and campus life. College Now students visit different colleges and meet with various college representatives based on their interests.
  • Place current New Dawn students on a path that leads to free transferrable college credits from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Program Overview:

Introduction to College Foundation Course:Students accepted into the College Now program will take an introductory foundation course taught during the school day at New Dawn Charter High School. These courses are inter-disciplinary seminars that begin to expose students to the rigors and challenges of a college career. Students will receive 1 high school elective credit upon completion of the course.

College Credit Course: Students who successfully complete the Foundation course may advance to the challenges of a college credit course  at  the Borough of Manhattan Community College pending approval from the New Dawn Charter High School administration. To take a college credit course student must maintain consistent attendance, good academic standing in their other classes, and mature behavior.



College Now is offered to students that demonstrate good academic and character standing.  In order to enroll in the class, students must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students must have at least 28 high school credits.
  • Students must pass all their classes in the current semester, including advisory; all students must pass an advisory class to be eligible to admission into the College Now Program.