Enrollment at NYC’s transfer high schools tanked during the pandemic. Can it rebound?
Alyssa Cartagena stopped attending school after giving birth a year ago. She had no babysitter, and going back felt insurmountable.
But a small alternative high school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side helped pull her back in. The program, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, boasts an on-site day care center operated by the education department. She enrolled her two-month old son, Shawn, dropping him off each day before heading to class.
“I was nervous, but I was also relaxed knowing I was so close to him, and I can stop by anytime,” said Cartagena, now 19. “It was easier for me to focus in class.”
She’s now on track to earn a high school diploma later this year.
Read the full article here: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2023/4/28/23703142/nyc-transfer-school-enrollment-west-side-high-school
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