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Innovation: A Career and Technical School for ELLs Only

In September, the New York City Department of Education expects to open a new school for English-language learners that has a mission of preparing them to graduate with skills recognized by the graphic-arts industry.

I just received a press release from the Internationals Network for Public Schools that says that nonprofit organization is partnering with the New York City Department of Education to open the new school for ELLs. Called the Crotona International High School, it will be located in the Bronx and share space with the Grace Dodge Technical and Career High School.

The International High Schools enroll only students who have been in the United States for four years or less. The schools have a reputation in New York City for having graduation rates for ELLs that are much higher than average for such students in the city's schools. I visited and wrote about one of these schools, Brooklyn International High School, in 2007.

The school for ELLs with a career and technical focus will join the network of 14 other International High Schools. A dozen are in New York City, one is in San Francisco, and one is in Oakland, Calif.

The new school in the Bronx will open with a class of 9th graders.

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