Hebrew Charter School Network to Open its First Middle Schools
HLA and Hatikvah Will Add Grades 6-8
NEW YORK — When the New York State Board of Regents approved the charter renewal for the Hebrew Charter School Center’s (HCSC) flagship school in Brooklyn March 17th, it also ushered in the first middle school in HCSC’s national network of dual-language public charter schools. In the same week, HCSC received news that its school in East Brunswick, NJ, Hatikvah International Academy, had also been approved to expand to middle school.
“This expansion into middle school at the Hebrew Language Academy (HLA) – our founding school – and at Hatikvah is a huge step for us as a national network,” says Jon Rosenberg, president and CEO of HCSC. “We could not be more proud of all the people at HLA and Hatikvah who have worked so hard to secure this achievement.”
Opened in 2009, HLA currently serves 475 students in grades K-5. It will add Sixth Grade starting this fall when the school moves into its new permanent home on Mill Avenue in the Mill Basin neighborhood of Brooklyn, and an additional grade each year until it reaches Eighth Grade.
In 2010 Hatikvah was opened in East Brunswick, NJ, and today has 300 students in grades K-5. Like HLA, Hatikvah will add Sixth Grade this fall, and an additional grade each year until it reaches Eighth Grade.
The Hebrew Charter School Center is building a national network of academically rigorous dual-language charter schools that teach children of all backgrounds to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew and prepare them to be productive global citizens. In addition to the schools in Brooklyn and East Brunswick, the network includes schools in Harlem, Washington, DC, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis.