20 'Reimagined' middle and elementary schools–existing schools that will be transformed–are also part of the project.
Some examples of school features design teams could propose include “authentic, real world learning (internships, apprenticeships, college courses and visits, projects in the community); innovative themes; college, community and industry partnerships; changes to curriculum to align with interesting, high-skill, high-demand sectors; focus on arts, civic engagement, technology or a STEM subject.”
Selected design teams will advance to additional application rounds this winter and spring, and the first round of “Imagine” and “Reimagine” school designs will be announced in May 2020. The design team application is available online.
The Imagine Schools NYC Challenge is partially funded by the XQ Institute, the country’s leader in transformational high school design, and Robin Hood, NYC’s largest poverty-fighting nonprofit. XQ will support plans for new and existing high schools, while Robin Hood will support plans for middle and elementary schools. The initial investment in the challenge is $32 million in both public and private funds.
“What our system needs isn’t just new schools—it's schools that listen to all the voices that are part of the system–the students, parents, teachers, and surrounding communities–and create radical change in response,” said Meredith Hill, Assistant Principal of Columbia Secondary School, in the press release. "The Imagine Schools NYC initiative is what our city- and our school system overall–needs.”