The City School District of New Rochelle is pleased to announce that New York State has approved the opening of Huguenot Academy, the school district’s alternative high school, at its new 140 Huguenot St. location, beginning today.
“We finally have the home of our own that our students so richly deserve,” said Huguenot Academy Director Andrea Schwach. “I am so proud of our resilient students for managing a difficult year since being displaced by COVID and then Hurricane Ida. Huguenot is a unique learning space where our relationships and interactions are key to our students’ success. This move will help us finish the year on a positive note.”
“Having a permanent home will enhance our Huguenot Academy students’ social and emotional wellness and their overall academic experience,” said Board of Education President Julia Muggia Ochs. “The new location also allows them easy access to many applied learning opportunities with community partners, as well as the benefits of being co-located with Monroe College.”
“Finding the right home for Huguenot Academy has been a priority since I arrived in New Rochelle,” said Superintendent Jonathan P. Raymond. “We are happy to open up new opportunities for our students that will set them on a path to college or career success, and we are thankful to deepen our partnership with Monroe College.”
The new 16,500-square-foot space, approved by the Board of Education last October, will not only serve Huguenot Academy's current enrollment of 61 students, but allows enough space to expand the program in the future. There is space for students’ core classes, physical education, study hall space, a cafeteria, and a multi-purpose room. Interested students will also be able to earn college credits through the school district’s partnership with Monroe College.
“We are so excited to partner with the Huguenot Academy and look forward to offering programs that will help the students,” said Marc Jerome, president of Monroe College.
Huguenot Academy students who had school district-provided bus transportation to their former location will continue to have transportation to the new location. Food service will be provided on premises. The lease at the new location extends through June 30, 2023.