Enrollment at NYC’s transfer high schools tanked during the pandemic. Can it rebound?

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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