About Our New Campus
On March 1st, NYOS held a virtual Town Hall to provide details about our campus expansion. Were you unable to attend our Town Hall? Please go here for a recording of our Town Hall. Do you have questions that weren't addressed during the Town Hall? Please complete this survey to provide us with follow-up questions.
El 1 de marzo, NYOS tuvo un Ayuntamiento virtual para explicar los detalles sobre la expansión de nuestro campus. ¿No pudo asistir a nuestro Ayuntamiento? Vaya aquí para una grabación de nuestro Ayuntamiento. ¿Tiene preguntas que no se respondieron durante el Ayuntamiento? Complete esta encuesta para proporcionarnos sus preguntas.
In the summer of 2021, NYOS Charter School is excited to complete construction on a new campus facility, which will be open for the 21-22 school year. Years in the making, our new campus will provide current students with improved resources while also allowing us to open our doors to more new students than ever before.
Why the expansion?
The Board approved this major, strategic effort to meet certain goals:
- NYOS believes in its mission to educate the whole child. An important aspect of this work promotes the mission via the instructional model. The expansion will give NYOS an opportunity to bring the instructional model to more students and further promote the mission in the larger charter school community.
- We believe in the value and success of NYOS’ approach to education, and the NYOS model has proven to be an attractive option for area families. We currently serve over 1000 students and have a waitlist—many of those siblings of current students—that continues to grow. With a clear ethical imperative, the Board sought to provide more children with access to the benefits of a NYOS’ education, as well as serve many students on our waitlist.
- The Kramer campus has served NYOS well, but the elementary school has been disadvantaged being split between the campuses. The vision for the school is to unify the grades, and this building expansion will allow us to unify all of NYOS at one location.
What is the plan?
The long range strategic plan for the campus expansion consists of:
- A new elementary school building,
- A new middle school building,
- Renovations of the current Lamar facilities,
- A practice/playing field,
- A gym
The design of the new campus will integrate the existing Lamar buildings, with the additional buildings, the field, and the gym to form a unified NYOS campus.
The new buildings will add 76,300 sq. ft. of new classroom and administrative space. One building will house the elementary school; the other the middle school. The high school will expand into the four existing buildings. In all, NYOS will be able to accommodate roughly 1000 more students.
What are the parameters?
Expansion doesn’t come without some concerns. Hence, the expansion plan has operated under certain parameters important to our NYOS community. Our community told us, any plans for expansion must ensure:
- the mission is not compromised;
- the core values are upheld;
- the parameters of the charter are not violated;
- the culture of NYOS is preserved;
- the risk to the School’s financial integrity and academic performance is minimized; and
- the goals for expansion are addressed: serving more students, unifying the campuses, and promoting the instructional model.
These parameters guided the planning and decision-making process.
What is changing and what is staying the same?
Although the student population will nearly double. The increase in student population will not occur immediately. The plan calls for the staggered introduction of students in the lower grades, with the gradual increase in the upper grades as students matriculate through the system.
The expanded, unified campus will offer some features and benefits to all students and staff. Some of which include:
- an expanded library;
- a P.E./practice/sports field;
- playgrounds, gardening areas and play spaces;
- a gym;
- traffic flow that minimally disrupts traffic on Yager Ln and N Lamar Blvd;
- parking options on campus that accommodate our growing community;
- areas dedicated to student pick up and drop off; and
- expanded options and instructional space for music, the visual arts, and the performing arts.
In the midst of these changes, we are pleased to confirm that some important aspects of the NYOS model have been preserved:
- The median class size will remain at 18 students,
- The elementary school looping model will continue,
- The built-in professional development time remains part of the schedule, and
- The year-round school calendar will continue to be in effect.
The campus viewed from the SE, NE, SW, NW (L-R)