“Nothing will stop us from celebrating our graduating scholars.”
YONKERS, NY – The Charter School of Educational Excellence (CSEE) will hold a drive-thru graduation ceremony for 8th graders on Tuesday, June 23 at its main campus, 260 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, starting at 9 am (schedule below).
“Nothing will stop us from celebrating our graduating scholars,” CSEE Co-Founder and Board Chair Eduardo LaGuerre said. “Our students, families and staff have stayed committed and strong throughout this unprecedented experience and they deserve the fullest recognition and accolades.”
Numerous local elected officials and dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremonies, including Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, City Council Education Committee Chairwoman Tasha Diaz and 1st District Council Member Shanae Williams.
After weighing all possible options, CSEE leadership decided a drive-thru parade is the best option to celebrate our students’ academic accomplishments, while keeping everyone safe. Tuesday’s ceremony will observe all safety and social distancing rules in accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Orders
“Although graduation procedures are modified this year, we’re ecstatic that we can see students again in person and celebrate this milestone with them,” CSEE Superintendent Cindy Lopez said.
CSEE is one of New York State’s highest-performing charter public schools, and earlier this year it was recognized for the 6th straight year by the Board of Regents as a “recognition school.” That puts us among a select group of “exemplary public schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels with the right supports and resources,” according to Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.
Even during the COVID-19 shutdown, CSEE continued to deliver strong remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 shutdown, with average student attendance at 95 percent for all grades. CSEE ensured that all students have access to educational technology, including laptops and WiFi access.
All academic and extracurricular programs continued strong, including CSEE’s unique partnerships with the Giants, Jets, Knicks and the nation’s top orthopedics and sports medicine hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Graduation details are as follows:
WHAT: Charter School of Educational Excellence (CSEE) 8th grade drive-thru graduation ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, June 23.
• Class 8-301: 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
• Class 8-304: 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
• Class 8-309: 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
WHERE: CSEE Main Campus, 260 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
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The Charter School of Educational Excellence is a tuition-free, charter public school that educates approximately 850 students in grades K-9 and will grow to K-12 in the next three years. Upon completion of the high school campus, CSEE will be serving approximately 1,150 students. Parent demand is very high, with some 500 students on CSEE’s waiting list.
CSEE is one of the highest-performing charter public schools in New York State, outperforming the Westchester County and statewide averages in every academic category. Last year, 97% of CSEE 8th graders scored proficient on the ELA assessment and 100% of 8th grade students took the high school level math and science exams. More than 92% passed the Algebra I Regents and 90% passed the Living Environment Regents, earning credits towards high school graduation.
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SOURCE: Bob Bellafiore | Publicist | Charter School for Educational Excellence