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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Special Education


New Dawn follows these overarching principles in the administration of its special education program:

  • New Dawn aims to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment with their non-disabled peers in an inclusion environment.  All parents must agree to this model prior to enrolling at New Dawn.    
  • New Dawn does not discriminate in admission and enrollment practices on the basis of a student having or suspected of having a disability. 
  • New Dawn adheres to all applicable state and federal guidelines in the implementation of its special education program.

Services at New Dawn

New Dawn Charter High School, in keeping with state and federal mandates concerning special education, ensures that all special education programs and services included in a student’s IEP are provided directly to the student during school hours.  New Dawn employs three full-time, certified special education teachers. These staff members provide consultation and support to classroom teachers; provide instruction in general education classrooms to special education students, both individually and in small groups; and serve as special education consultants to the overall school community.

Classroom teachers at New Dawn are expected to be highly knowledgeable about the needs of students with disabilities. In addition to understanding their responsibilities toward students with IEPs, they are required to request any support they may need to implement a student’s program and to take all possible steps to implement classroom modifications/ accommodations in accordance with students’ IEPs.

English Language Learners


A student should be identified as an English Language Learner (ELL) if he or she: (1) was not born in the United States and/or has a native language other than English; (2) comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; (3) is a Native American or Alaska Native and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on his or her level of English language proficiency; (4) indicates on the Home Language Survey that English is not spoken at home; (5) has already been identified by the NYC DOE as an ELL; or (6) upon interview with a school staff it is deemed the student does not have the requisite English skills necessary to participate fully in classroom learning.


Student in need of English language service are actually integrated into the general education program under an immersion model. The school will directly provide or make referrals to appropriate support services that may be needed by ELL students in order to achieve and maintain a satisfactory level of academic performance.  Such services may include individual counseling, group counseling, home visits, and parental counseling.