Chancellor Banks Announces 9 New NYC Schools Opening In 2024-25

April 4, 2024

Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today announced that NYC Public Schools’ newly revamped Office of New School Development and Design will open nine new schools for the 2024-25 academic year.

This marks the latest effort by Chancellor Banks to fulfill the administration’s promise to provide increased access to accelerated schools as well as increasing elementary school and high school seat capacity in neighborhoods with overcrowded schools. 

“Every child deserves a high-quality education that gives them the support needed to thrive in our changing world,” said Chancellor David C. Banks. “We are reimagining the student experience through these innovative school models — a citywide effort only possible thanks to mayoral accountability.” 

The Office of New School Development and Design is charged with engaging district and school leaders as well as families, communities, and partner organizations to create innovative learning spaces specifically targeted to meet the needs of students today. This includes overseeing early visioning, strategic planning, operationalizing and leadership development for each new school. This approach creates high-quality, sustainable school models. 

“Every single new school shapes futures and empowers the next generation with the tools they need to build a more informed, inclusive world,” said Dr. Shawn Rux, Senior Executive Director of the Office of New School Development and Design. “We are opening schools with groundbreaking vision, and the fearless conviction that all students can and will succeed.” 

The new schools that will open in September 2024 are: 

M.S. 644 

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District 9 

Grades 6-8 

M.S. 428 

District 15 

Grades 6-8 

P.S. 482  

District 13 

Grades Pre-K – 5 

P.S. 456 

District 15 

Grades Pre-K – 5 

Bard High School Early College- Brooklyn 

District 19 

Grades 9-12 

P.S. 331 

District 20 

Grades K-5 

P.S. 413 

District 20 

Grades K-5 

M.S. 407 

District 20 

Grades 6-8 

Motion Picture Technical High School 

District 30 

Grades 9-12 

“The SCA is proud to have been part of the collaborative effort behind integrating these new schools into NYC’s public school system,” SCA President and CEO Nina Kubota said. “Five of these schools will inhabit newly constructed buildings by the SCA, designed to offer students the optimal learning environment and resources for success. They are part of the 24 buildings we are opening in 2024 adding more than 11,000 much-needed seats citywide.” 

“With the arrival of M.S. 644, our young scholars in the South Bronx will soon have a curriculum focused on debate, multilingualism, and experiential learning that will prepare them for high school and beyond,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “I am excited the Bronx is included in today`s announcement and look forward to working with Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks to expand pathways and opportunities for our youth to receive a high-quality education in our borough.” 

“Brooklyn’s getting new and much-needed public schools, and I am so grateful for the tremendous benefits they will bring to our students,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “I’m particularly excited to welcome Bard High School Early College to Brownsville/East New York, a community that has faced generations of barriers to higher education and deserves the accessible accelerated learning opportunities the school will bring.  

I’m also glad to see more public-school seats opening up in southern Brooklyn’s District 20, where my Comprehensive Plan shows overcrowding is particularly acute. Thank you to the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority for championing these new education opportunities for our youngest New Yorkers.” 

“As communities across Queens continue to grow, our need for more school seats is clear. With the opening of Motion Picture Tech High School slated for this fall, hundreds of Queens students will be able to enjoy a specialized education in preparation of careers in the film production industry,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “I look forward to working with NYC Schools to rapidly expand our stock of school seats across Queens in the months and years to come.” 

“Adding a Bard High School Early College Program as an option for students in Senate District 19 is an excellent investment in the community.  It will lead to a path of many opportunities for the students who will attend.  I look forward to its opening in the upcoming academic year and commend Chancellor Banks on his vision to reimagine the student experience by providing more educational options to our scholars”. – Senator Roxanne J. Persaud. 

“We are excited to bring a new Middle School to District 9 in the 77th Assembly District. The children in our community deserve a quality education that will allow them to reach their potential to be great New Yorkers. All of our children deserve quality education in updated educational environments.” -Assembly Member Landon Dais, 77th District 

“I am thrilled to celebrate the opening of nine new schools for the 2024-25 academic year. This announcement marks a significant investment in our children’s future and underscores our commitment to providing quality education opportunities for all. These new schools will not only enrich our educational landscape but also empower our students to reach their fullest potential. I commend the dedication and vision of the educators, administrators, and community members who have worked tirelessly to bring these institutions to life. Together, let us embrace this exciting milestone and continue to prioritize the success and well-being of every student in our great city.” – Council Member Rita Joseph and Chair, Education Committee 

“As a District 20 kid, I’m really so proud just to be around for this moment. Since day one, I’ve made it my mission to help build as many new public schools as I could so that every child will have the same access to opportunity that I had growing up. District 20 is one of the best school districts in the city and therefore it is also one of the most overcrowded so building new schools is truly a win-win for generations to come. I deeply value this partnership with Chancellor Banks and NYC Public Schools because strong schools ultimately equal strong communities.” – Council Member Justin Brannan and Chair, Finance committee 

“I alongside many of my constituents welcome the opening of new public schools in South Brooklyn. Even more so, I’m very excited to see a middle school in Sunset Park set to provide a culturally competent education with Spanish and Chinese programming to meet our students where they are. I thank the Department for recognizing the diverse needs of the people in our neighborhood and I look forward to working with the principal, teachers, and parent bodies on the naming of the school and so much more!”- Council Member Alexa Avilés 

Ensuring the provision of high-quality education accompanied by comprehensive support for every child in the 42nd Council District is essential. This school model will help prepare our students academically and with personal growth.” – Council Member Chris Banks 

“I’m excited to celebrate the opening of Motion Picture Technical High School in CEC 30 to ensure our scholars have access to high-quality public school education,” said Council Member Julie Won. “This new high school on Northern Boulevard will provide students with technical film and television skills to prepare them for careers at institutions like Silvercup Studios and beyond. Thank you to Chancellor Banks and NYC Public Schools for your partnership in providing our children with the educational opportunities they need to flourish. 

“As the mother of two girls attending our city’s wonderful public school system, it is necessary that we build more schools and make sure that every student has a seat in the classroom. Every student has a right to a quality education. I’m incredibly grateful to Chancellor Banks and the Department of Education for prioritizing the expansion of schools in our district. This is a tremendous step forward in our efforts as a city towards education equity.” – Council Member Susan Zhuang 

Photo credit: NYC Public Schools Chancellor Banks Announces the Fall 2024 New Schools.

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