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  • 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. 

    New Dawn Charter High School
  • 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!



    New Dawn Charter High School
  • 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


    New Dawn Charter High School

Who We Are

New Dawn Charter High School is an all inclusion program.  This means that all students, including students with special needs and students who do not speak English, are all treated the same and all participate in the same classes. This is known as an Inclusion Model. Teachers in the General Education Program use several strategies to ensure this produces the best learning environment for all students. 

Not only is New Dawn an inclusion program, but all students will meet the class and testing requirements to attain a New York State Diploma.  New Dawn does not offer GED classes nor credit recovery programs.  Students must meet all New York State Education credit, class and Regents exam requirements.  

What We Do

Students enter New Dawn having earned varying numbers of credits in disparate subject areas. In order to accommodate all levels of learners, New Dawn functions as an ungraded school divided into Advisories- small, heterogeneous learning teams. This model allows the school to emphasize individualized instruction, intensive case management, interdisciplinary teaching strategies, and cooperative learning – all methods that have proven to help students acquire a deep understanding of key concepts while developing critical work skills including self-direction, perseverance, and commitment to quality.  Additionally, New Dawn teachers employ innovative classroom techniques such as thematic course units and the integration of instructional technology into the everyday learning environment.

Other Programs

Another critical design element of the School is its College NOW program where students take a pre-college course taught at New Dawn by a CUNY adjunct professor.  Once this course is passed and students have earned a 75 or higher on the ELA and Integrated Algebra Regents Exams, they are eligible to attend college credit course through CUNY's College Now Program. During this time students gain both college and high school credits. 

The Internship Program, arranged by New Dawn with various host employers at work sites throughout the city, has been developed to expose students to the world of work while also earning course credit.  Students attend classes at New Dawn and their internships in alternating weeks since the School has found that over-age under-credited students become more engaged in school when they are active in the world of work that the School has structured.  Each student at New Dawn is required to enroll in the full academic program and participate in an internship.