Please welcome our new principal, Mr. Muhammad Bilal!
Muhammad Bilal is an experienced urban educator with over 22 years of experience working in traditional public and charter schools in Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Bridgeport, Connecticut; New York, New York; Valhalla, New York; Yonkers, New York; Dobbs Ferry, New York; and Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds several degrees which include a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University, Master of Education in Secondary Education from DePaul University, Master of Science in School Leadership from Touro University, and Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The City College of New York. Muhammad has permanent New York State Public School Teacher Certifications in School District Administration and Social Studies (7-12). He has held positions as a Dean of Students, instructional coach, education consultant, teacher mentor, assistant principal, lead educator, and principal.
Muhammad has a proven track record of increasing student outcomes through data driven practices, differentiated instruction, and implementing student-centered instruction. He has tremendous experience improving school culture and climate through holding town hall meetings, increasing student attendance, and implementing restorative circles. He, too, has considerable experience with increasing teacher capacity through practice-based professional development and individual teacher coaching. Muhammad has a certificate of achievement for successfully passing the Framework for Teaching Proficiency Test administered by the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument. He is certified in Safe Crisis Management training. He is also an independent filmmaker and the founder of his own production company, Bilal World Entertainment LLC.
Welcome, Mr. Bilal!
New Dawn Charter High School II
New Dawn Celebrates Black History Month!
On Friday, February 10th, students and staff celebrated Black History Month with traditional dishes and cultural activities.
Applying for New Dawn Charter School II is easy, but please read the instructions carefully. Per the approved charter application, New Dawn Charter High School II is a transfer school, but will also accept any student in the 8th grade that is 16 years of age or older.
New Dawn II has a rolling application period and we accept applications 12 months out of the year for admission in September and February. However, those students who apply by April 1st will be included in a lottery and if picked, will be guaranteed enrollment in the following September. To ensure access to transfer students, students may complete the lottery application for enrollment in February. These students will be added to the wait list and will be enrolled if there is available space.
Please call us at 347-947-2580 if you have any questions.
If you would like more information about our school and enrollment process, please fill out the Enrollment Interest form to the right and a staff member will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have and set up an appointment.
Enrollment Interest Form
Required Documents to Enroll
Admitted students are also required to complete and submit the following as part of the enrollment process:
Proof of residence: This can be a utility bill (but not a cable bill), lease, HRA application, or any government-issued ID.
Enrollment Form: This form is used to record all basic information about the student and the family, including home, work, and emergency telephone numbers.
Parent/Guardian Consent to Attend: It is extremely important that a parent or guardian sign this form.
Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: This form must be completed for all students and will be held in strict confidence.
Medical Forms: This set of forms must be submitted for all students within the first 30 days of attendance. It is the responsibility of each parent to keep their child’s medical information, including food allergies, up to date.
Record Release: This form gives the school permission to obtain all records pertaining to a given student from his or her previous school. It must be completed and should include the telephone number and address of the previous school, as well as the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
Transcripts from All Schools Attended Prior to New Dawn
IEP or 504 Modifications
It is critical that the school be notified immediately of any changes in a student’s name, address, phone number, responsible parent, or any other information provided at the time of registration. Such changes should be communicated in writing and sent to the Principal.
Placement of Students
Once admitted to New Dawn Charter High School, students must provide transcripts from their previous academic institutions. New Dawn then reviews these transcripts and determines placement in classes based on the number of accumulated credits and classes needed for graduation. At New Dawn students are “ungraded” in the sense that they are able to take the classes necessary for them to graduate and this is not based on what “grade” the student is in. The chart below is simply for placement into the special programs (intensive 9th grade, Internship, or Bridge to Careers). New Dawn officials often contact students’ transferring schools with questions regarding their transcripts.
Students also take a series of assessments during orientation that help New Dawn staff determine grade and classroom placement.
Whenever possible, incoming students’ report cards and/or progress reports are reviewed for course placement and credit. If a student has made satisfactory progress at his/her transferring school in a course, then he/she may be able to get full credit for the equivalent course at New Dawn, given that he/she completes all stated requirements by the end of the term. The degree of partial credit granted hinges on consultations between the Principal and respective instructors.
New Dawn complies with all confidentiality laws protecting the privacy of its students and their families. Information regarding a student’s progress will be shared only with parents or guardians, appropriate members of the school’s faculty and staff, and any professional consultants retained for the purpose of measuring and/or improving instructional quality. When information regarding student performance is made public, it will be presented in such a way as to avoid the identification of specific, individual students.
A charter school shall not discriminate against or limit the admission of any student on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, disability, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, race, creed, gender, religion or ancestry. A school may not require any action by a student or family (such as an admissions test, interview, essay, attendance at an information session, etc.) in order for an applicant to either receive or submit an application for admission to that school.