Once a student chooses New Dawn II, an individual plan for success is crafted with the student. This is done in a variety of ways, but first, experienced staff meet individually with each student to review their transcripts and create a plan with them. This transcript audit is extremely important, as a student will learn about their projected graduation date based on the credits and exams they are entering school with. Some students have 0 credits earned and start from scratch. Others may have just a few classes and a Regents exam to complete. Regardless of the starting point, every student learns in this meeting where the finish line lies.
When New Dawn II enters its second year of operation, students will be grouped into three different cohorts, as we are not graded. Students in C week come to the school with 0-11 credits. This special group comes to school every day and is trained on how to reintegrate into the school community with special advisories, internship training and foundational classes that prepare them for the rigors of College, Career, and Civic Readiness. Students who have more than 11 credits come to school in an A week or B week cohort. These students participate in the Internship and Research portfolio program. Students participating in internship receive support from the Internship Coordinators and work on their research papers with an English teacher. Students are expected to complete a research paper each semester.
All students are assigned a mentor in the building. This person ensures that they are touching base with their student once per week to ensure that they are on track. The mentor serves as a liaison for the student in all aspects of their life here at the school. Mentors help a student stay connected to the school through all of the hurdles they may encounter on their journey to a Regents Diploma.
When a student reaches senior year, they have special classes that prepare them for the college selection process. These classes include visiting different schools, filling out the applications and the FAFSA, and an audit of degree programs that will be the best fit for each student. New Dawn II will be participating in several college readiness programs, including CollegeNOW. When a student graduates, they gain a new family. Graduates are welcome to come back to visit, support and mentor other students, and work with staff on college applications, resumes, and other materials for their post-secondary endeavors. New Dawn never closes the door on a student once they enter the school, they are a Sun for life!