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Inwood Twins Raising Funds to Attend Ballet School
Manhattan Times News, April 13, 2016
DNAinfo Washington Heights & Inwood, April 20, 2016
Inwood Academy helps twin tenth-grade students raise funds to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the top dance schools in the country.

City unveils first batch of schools in new district-charter partnership
Politico New York, February 11, 2016
Inwood Academy is one of eight public charter schools selected by the Department of Education to collaborate with eleven traditional public schools.

All-Girls Wrestling Team a Hit at Inwood School
DNAinfo New York, December 23, 2015
This year, the team's coach and athletic director decided to split the squad between girls and boys to encourage more participation from the ladies. The move resulted in 16 girls from the school trying out for and making the team—a bigger turnout than their male counterparts.

Google Classroom at Inwood Academy
Center for Educational Innovation, May 2015
Staff and Students at Inwood Academy for Leadership (IALCS) have never been strangers to technology, but this is the first year that technology has fundamentally shifted classroom instruction. Piloting a new 1 to 1 initiative this year, each high school student now has his or her own Chromebook to use throughout the day.

Woodworking at Inwood Academy
Center for Educational Innovation, April 2015
Inwood Academy for Leadership has recently integrated a unique woodworking elective into both the school’s curriculum and after school program. With an emphasis on safety and creativity, the class provides Inwood high schoolers with technical experience for post-secondary work while also providing tangible results.

Get Focused on Reading (New York Edition)
YouTube, April 9, 2015
Inwood Academy hosts Get Focused on Reading, a free book give away that promotes reading and exercise in underserved communities all around the country.

A council bill and a looming report thrust ‘backfill’ into charter-school debate
Chalkbeat, New York, March 3, 2015
Christina Reyes, founder and executive director of Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, said she backfills for financial and ideological reasons. Not doing so is unfair to district schools that are usually obligated to accept students throughout the year, she said. “If a district school doesn’t have a choice, why is it OK that we have a choice?” Reyes said.

Tisch: No special treatment for city-defended charters
POLITICO New York, January 12, 2015
In a December interview, Christina Reyes, executive director of the Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, told Capital, "Anyone who wants to come into our school at any time would find out in ten minutes why we deserve to be renewed." Reyes pointed out that her school has a relatively high special education rate, making it more difficult to boost test scores, and that the Inwood Academy does not use the harsh "no-excuses" disciplinary model that other charters have been criticized for.

City reveals elusive data for 13 charter schools: How many students leave each year
Chalkbeat, New York, January 12, 2015
Inwood Academy has one of the lowest four-year average student attrition rates among New York City charter schools.

Leaders line up
Los lideres se alinean
Manhattan Times News, August 27, 2014
“They’re on a mission. The Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School (IAL) kicked off its school year this past Tues., Aug. 26th at the school’s new location at West 204th Street in Inwood.”

NYC students learn with iPads
Estudiantes de NYC aprenden con iPads (español Dic 2013)
El Diario New York, December 18, 2013
In Inwood Academy charter school, uptown, students use their tablets through applications as part of the teaching process.

Inwood Academy Host UN Delegation
Manhattan Times News, October 2, 2013
The Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, in partnership with World Vision, hosted students from around the globe this past Wed., Sept. 25th to discuss issues ranging from how their schools are different, how to be a global leader and how they are similar to other children from across the world.

Inwood Students Show Uptown Culture to United Nations Student Delegation
DNAinfo New York, September 26, 2013
Middle schoolers at the Inwood Academy for Leadership invited seven children from Albania, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Uganda on a half-day visit to the charter school. The schedule was planned entirely by the Inwood students, said IAL student leadership coordinator Denise Hykes. "We figured, let's empower the student council," Hykes said. "They came up with the whole program that we wanted to do today."

International students visit Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School
Chalkbeat, New York, September 25, 2013
“Exposing our students to experiences that teaches them that they can be leaders not only in our community, but around the world is invaluable,” said the school’s executive director, Christina Reyes. “The children planned this visit with care and excitement and took away many valuable lessons from this visit. Meeting children from places they have never visited gives them the vision that anything is possible.”

Off the ‘Chart’ers
New York Post, May 15, 2013
“It breaks my heart to have parents call and text me and ask what number is their child on the waiting list — because I have to tell them and be honest and not be able to provide any more than just the number,” said Christina Reyes, principal at Inwood Academy.

In quest for better leaders, charter sector program looks inward
Chalkbeat, New York, August 3, 2012
Most of the educators who joined in the weeklong orientation said they wanted to grow professionally without leaving their schools. John Harrison, the director of English and language arts programming at Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, said his principal encouraged him to join the program to gain skills he would need to run a high school once Inwood Academy expands beyond its middle school. But first he wants to learn how to define the role of school leader so it isn’t overwhelming.

Changing course, state says English learners are “at risk”
Chalkbeat, New York, January 6, 2010
Bowing to pressure from both internal and outside groups, the state has abruptly reversed a policy that banned charter schools from giving admissions preference to students who are not fluent in English. Initially, Inwood Academy’s principal Christina Hykes (Reyes) applied for a charter that would set aside 50 percent of the school’s seats for ELL students, creating two separate lotteries. But state officials told Hykes (Reyes) that only students “at risk of academic failure” could be singled out and given admissions preference. ELL students were not among these, officials said. [Inwood Academy reapplied and was the first charter school in New York City to reserve half of its lotter for English Language Learners.]

State policy an obstacle to charter school serving English learners
Chalkbeat, New York, December 21, 2009
When Principal Christina Hykes (Reyes) applied for a charter, she envisioned a school where half the students were English Language Learners and half were general education students, making Inwood Academy the first charter school in the city to propose such a model.


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