Mayor Mike Bloomberg is serious about New York City becoming a tech hub, guys. The new software academy for high school students—”The Academy of Software Engineering”—announced today as part of a 100 Schools In Two Years plan will open in September in the Washington Irving Building in Union Square, co-located with some other specialty schools under the plan. The software academy will start with a ninth grade class in 2012-2013, ninth and tenth in 2013-2014, and so on. The school will have about 420 to 460 students by the 2015-2016 school year, when all four grade levels are enrolled for the first time, said Frank Thomas, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Education.
“Obviously the city has put an increased emphasis on technology over the last couple years,” Mr. Thomas said, pointing out that the mayor wants to create new tech jobs and fill those jobs with local graduates. The mayor also wants to make sure the tech campus on Roosevelt Island can grab some locals as well. “We have the higher education campus coming to New York in the next couple years and we want to make sure we have the ability to provide that campus with students.”
The idea for the tech campus came from Mike Zamansky, a computer science teacher at Stuyvesant High. Mr. Zamansky is in line for a role at the new academy, Mr. Thomas said, but will not be the principal.
Half the staff for the new schools will come from Washington Irving, which is being phased out.
From the proposal:
Software would offer a rigorous academic program with a Career and Technical Education (―CTE‖) course of study and prepare students for post-secondary work. Software would admit students through the Citywide High School Admissions Process, and would have a limited unscreened admissions method. The school would open during the 2012-2013 school year, when it would serve approximately 105-115 students in the ninth grade.
Software would gradually phase in by adding one grade per year. The school is expected to reach full scale in 2015-2016 and would serve approximately 420-460 students in grades nine through twelve…
If this proposal is approved, Software is expected to hire new administrative staff and non-pedagogical positions over the course of the school’s phase-in.