Though each site has a somewhat different program,
the guiding principle of Satellite Academy is that all students
can succeed and have the right to do so in an environment which
is respectful, safe, personalized, and academically challenging.
We are committed to providing a caring community where our students
can grow and face the challenges of the transition to adulthood
and full citizenship. Each site works with new students to help
them adjust to the demands of a Satellite education and to develop
the habit they will need to reply on to succeed in school.
"Equally important as academic
goals at this school are, the habits of respect, tolerance, support
and responsibility, honesty and trust."
Progress report from the Coalition of Essential Schools, June
What do our sites have
Additionally, from the day they enter our program until graduation,
every student at each site is part of an advisor group which meets
a few hours each week. In this small group students have an opportunity
to discuss and share school work, problems that interfere with
academic success, and issues of common concern to the school community.
New Student Programs
We offer students new to Satellite a special semester-long program
to help them become motivated, independent, lifelong learners.
This program includes smaller classes, community building an emphasis
on developing positive learning habits, conflict resolution, an
advisor group providing academic and personal support, and a clear
connection between school subjects and life outside of high school.
Learning at Satellite
At all site students progress towards graduation through projects
based and portfolio learning. Portfolios are presented to panel
of students, teachers, parents and visitors.
"Satellite Academy has
proven to be one of the New York's most durable and effective
alternative schools. It is small and collaboratively managed;
its educational philosophy is the umbrella that unifies its goals
and methods; and its strong academic programs was developed out
of a partnership among staff, students and extended educational
(The Good Schools Exchange:
Restructuring Manual 1994 Public Education Association)
At Satellite, we believe that an effective learning environment
is one that is safe, respectful and enthusiastic. We hold the
Satellite community to the high, but reasonable, expectations
of coming to school prepared to work, to question, and to learn,
and of participating and contributing to the school community
in a mature, respectful, manner.
Admission: Who Comes to
Satellite and How to Apply
Students choose to come to Satellite and any New York City
high school students may apply. Generally our students have attended
another New York City high school and have decided, for one reason
or another, to continue their education at a smaller school where
they can receive individual attention. Most of our students are
at least 16 years old when they apply, often they are 17, sometimes
18. The admission procedure includes an application, an interactive
visit to the school, an interview, and parents or guardian involvement.
We expect that a student will stay for at least two years, depending
on their learning and graduation needs.
Please Note: Satellite
Academy High School has four sites. Each site conducts its own
admissions process. Applications at all sites must apply in person
and a student must be interviewed by the site prior to being accepted
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