CAST School

International Academy for Culture, Arts, Science and Technology Charter School (CAST)

A Proposed Charter School to  be founded by the The Nowodworski Foundation In Yonkers at the St. Casimir Parish Campus

Intent

International Academy for Culture, Arts, Science and Technology Charter School (CAST) will be created open to serve any students residing in Yonkers in High School grades who apply to attend.
It will be located in the Saint Casimir Roman Catholic Church campus on 239 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701.
The Nowodworski Foundation, Charity for Cultural and Educational Exchange, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization intends to submit a formal letter of intent to the Regents of the State of New York to apply to create and operate this independent charter school.

Views of the St. Casimir School Campus
Views of the St. Casimir School Campus

Mission

  • The mission of the International Academy for Culture, Arts, Science and Technology Charter School (CAST) will be to provide a rigorous cultural, artistic and educational experience open to all high school aged children residing in Yonkers.
  • CAST will make welcome any and all nationalities, races and linguistic groups represented in the Yonkers community.
    In response to students representing diverse populations, CAST will embrace and celebrate those cultures in the arts.
  • CAST will serve high-need student groups including:
    – Students with disabilities
    – English language learners
    – Over-age, under-credited or at risk of not graduating from high school
    – At-risk of academic failure or with a school history of academic failure

Unique approach

  • CAST seeks to promote racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity.
  • CAST will celebrate the shared experiences created through the Arts in Music, Dance, Design and Visual Arts.
  •  The artists in residence will represent different cultures, races and nationalities.
  • Native born speakers will be recruited as staff members in teaching roles, as assistant teachers or as family advocates.  The staff will reflect the multi-cultural diversity in this international school.
  • This school will create a community of respect and acceptance of difference, diversity and global awareness.

Replicating a successful 17 year old model: The Academy for Information Technology and Engineering

  • CAST will seek to replicate most of the very successful program aspects of the Academy for Information Technology and Engineering (AITE)
  • The AITE is an nationally award winning magnet school in Stamford, Connecticut that was founded in 2000 as an inter-district magnet high school serving students from the Fairfield County region.

Replicating successful aspects of The Academy for Information Technology and Engineering

  • The AITE offers a small learning environment that applies cutting edge best practices while engaging students in curricula enriched by information technology resources.
  • Technology is integrated into content and elective areas, promoting 21st Century skills in communication, critical and creative thinking, digital proficiency, collaboration and numeracy.

CAST will add emphasis on Culture, Arts, Science coupled with Technology.

  • CAST will create an international environment by seeking to hire staff that reflect the student population.
  • CAST will use technology to connect to students across the globe to further international understanding.
  • CAST will offer opportunities for apprenticeships for under-credited overaged students.
  • CAST will teach citizenship through service learning.

CAST Will Replicate AITE Academic Rigor

  • All content courses will be at the college preparatory, honors, advanced placement or college dual- credit levels unless they are apprenticeships (such as in the Culinary Arts Program).
    Courses are on an alternate day block schedule of four, 88-minute periods each day.
  • Dual credit will be offered through early college experience courses in a relationship with Westchester Community College.
  • Virtual High School courses will also be available especially for course credit recovery.
  •  AITE has been a certified Project Lead The Way School.  CAST will send teachers to become certified in design and engineering through Project Lead the Way.

Culture through Food, Experiences and Expression

  • Every student will take a culinary course to learn cultural foods significance and preparation.  Some may chose to concentrate in culinary apprenticeship for graduation.
  • All students will work in the school kitchen or catering for the work based experiences at some point in their school career.
  • All students will be expected to provide service learning through volunteer activities.  These could include running tutoring and activity programs for local elementary students after school and on weekends or peer tutoring of other CAST students.  They will be earning service learning credits.
  • All students will create and participate in festivals and fairs which may be for the CAST educational community and/or for local Yonkers community.
  • All students will take Arts classes that allow for artistic expression through music, digital and visual arts, dance and design.

Amazing Advisory Board

  • To reflect the international partnership supporting this school, the Honorable Anna Maria Anders, Secretary of State of Poland has agreed to shepherd this concept of an international school bridging the countries.
  • Advisory Board includes CEOs from Technology companies that participated in the formation of the AITE.
  • The Advisory Board includes leaders from culinary and educational fields representing the cornerstones of CAST mission and proposed program.
  • Jeane Lauer, technology teacher and co-founder of the original AITE will advise and consult during the implementation process.

 

  • Timeline
    Final written letter of intent reviewed and accepted by trustees and advisory board May – June 2017
  • Public meetings with Yonkers officials and parents and community May-June 2017
  • Meeting with Archdiocese to make plans clear and get potential approval to rent space if funded
  • Letter of Intent and all initial documents filed 7/1/2017
  • If accepted, full application due 8/18/2017
  • NYSED review August through November
  • If approved by panel, Board of Regents actions 11/13-14/2017