The mission of the Hyde Leadership Charter School (Hyde-Bronx) is to develop the deeper character and unique potential of each student. Using the Hyde Process for family-based character education, the Hyde Leadership Charter School unites parents, teachers, and students to help each student achieve his or her best academically and in sports, the arts and community service. Through rigorous academics, character education and family renewal.
Academic Curriculum Overview
In September 2009, Hyde Leadership Charter School serves 600 students in Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Grades. (Two grades will be added in each successive year until reaching K-12.) The academic curriculum is specifically designed to inspire and develop the character within young children as well as establish a strong academic foundation. The broader goal of the curriculum is to instill values and skills that will support and propel all children as they encounter both academic and social challenges. The school population will include children with various learning styles, as well as children who have been identified as having special needs.
During the course of the day, students are taught basic and advanced skills through a variety of instructional models. With the understanding that children learn in different ways and at different rates, a multi-sensory approach to learning occurs in classrooms daily. Students are introduced to new concepts through direct instruction and cooperative learning, which allows for peer coaching and learning with accommodations and modifications provided to students in need of extra assistance by teachers who have been specially trained.
Character Development Curriculum Overview
Hyde Leadership Charter prepares students academically and helps its students to discover and develop their unique potential. We require students to participate in a variety of programs including sports and performing arts and provide them with opportunities to reflect on their lives and personal growth. In these programs, we emphasize best effort and attitude and challenge them to take risks. We are preparing students to be people of character, who are able to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
Hyde Schools bring families as well as students into the process of character development. Parents attend monthly seminars and, twice a year, weekend retreats. To the extent that funding is available, the family program’s curriculum also uses family retreats in a residential setting. All of these meetings are intensive opportunities for reflection. The school generates a curriculum for each meeting which may include journaling, facilitated discussion, critical feedback, team building exercises and more. Families are provided the opportunity to share steps in personal growth and evaluate or re-establish principles within the family.
The Hyde Catalyst Saturday Program launched in December 2009. Middle School students attend the program on a volunteer basis but must be willing to commit to regular attendance. The Hyde Catalyst Saturday Program focuses on the enhancement of personal, academic, and leadership skills. The program aims to equip students with additional resources to help advance their character as well as strengthen their awareness of the role they play in their own education. Students are challenged to become independent learners, develop leadership skills, and become critical thinkers through obtaining a global perspective. The academic areas of study focus on ELA, math, social studies, and science test preparation as well as media literacy and real world math applications. Students also engage in lessons from “Get Smart, Get Healthy!,” a holistic health education initiative that uses Urban Tech's Youth Leadership Academy curriculum to build healthy minds in New York City public schools students. In the afternoon, eligible students may attend field trips organized in conjunction with the Hyde Catalyst Saturday Program curriculum.
POPULATION AND LOCATION
Hyde-Bronx is located on Bryant Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, one of the two poorest congressional districts in the U.S., where the NYC Department of Education has made space available in what was MS201 (now MS424). The ethnic mix in this area is approximately 65% Latino, 30% African American and 5% Asian and White. Hyde-Bronx currently has grades K, 1, 2 & 3 on the 1st floor of the building and grades 6, 7, 8 & 9 on the 4th floor. Hyde-Bronx is looking ahead with optimism towards the fourth year this September 2009, as we continue to grow until becoming a K-12 school. We grow more confident with each year that passes that we will continue to Hyde-Bronx is dedicated to offering an innovative education program which will prepare students not only for college but for their careers and for life.