Tuesday, October 31, 2017

University of New Orleans and Hynes Charter School Propose PK-8 STEAM Charter School

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The University of New Orleans is exploring the feasibility of replicating a new Edward Hynes K-8 Charter School focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) on its campus.

The University of New Orleans has approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors to proceed on a conceptual framework to replicate Hynes. Hynes is a high-performing, open admissions, A-rated, K-8 charter school located in Lakeview that opened in 2006 with UNO as a formal partner and with designated UNO positions on its board of directors. The school is a UNO professional development school for students enrolled in its education programs.

Nearly 600 students applied to Hynes for 100 available seats for the current academic year, according to Hynes CEO Michelle Douglas. Hynes is a significant feeder school for Benjamin Franklin High School, which is already located on UNO’s campus.

“I am excited to collaborate on this potential partnership,” UNO President John Nicklow said. “It stands to reenergize our course offerings for our next generation of teachers and creates expanded research, professional development and observation opportunities for our programs. It is also well aligned with our commitment to our community and its children. Over the decades, the University of New Orleans has prepared more educational personnel than any other university in the metro area. We will continue to serve that critical need that is so important to the city’s future.”

“For several years, the Hynes Charter School team has been seeking an opportunity to serve more students and train more teachers in our successful goal-focused charter model,” said Hynes CEO Douglas. “This potential partnership with the University of New Orleans would allow us to expand the number of families we serve and the number of leaders and teachers we develop.”

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors supported the plan that targets opening a K-1 school in 2019 and expanding to additional grades in subsequent years.