Charter school sought in Bridgeport


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — An application has been submitted to open a new charter school in Bridgeport to the Connecticut Department of Education.

The application was submitted by the “Great Oaks Foundation”, a company who has spearheaded public schools in Newark, New Jersey, and New York’s Lower East Side.

If the application is approved, Great Oaks would be one of several public school options available to parents in the city of Bridgeport. The school would be aimed specifically to those whose first language is not English. Students for whom English is a second language will be given priority during the admissions process at Great Oaks.

The Great Oaks application details a school starting with a class of 100 sixth graders in the 2015-16 academic year, with plans to grow by one grade every year thereafter.

The school would be located in the Bridgeport Trade and Technology Center (BTTC) on Barnum Avenue where several other charter schools have launched programs in the past.

Eventually the school’s founders hope to participate in the creation of a permanent school building similar to the Great Oaks charter public school in Newark.


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