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Welcome to ReStart Academy

ReStart Academy is an alternative education program that provides transitional services for students ages 13 through 21 who reside in temporary or involuntary settings. As a program under the auspices of NYC District 79, New York City's alternative schools district, we have 27 locations throughout the five boroughs and including two residential sites in upstate New York. Learn more about us throughout the pages of this website, and if we can be of service to you, please contact us.

A Message from Our Master Ambassador Principal

Dear ReStart Academy Community,

It is hard to believe this is ReStart Academy’s fifteenth year! We are so thankful to be able to experience this year by welcoming our students back to full-time, in-person learning.

As I reflect on our last fourteen years of providing educational services and social-emotional support to our students, I have tremendous pride in everything our team has accomplished together. Each of our students has come to us having experienced challenges at school or home, but while attending ReStart Academy, has been able to engage in school and experience academic success. It is because of the hard work and dedication of our exceptional staff that we have celebrated success for so many of NYC’s previously disengaged students.

    At ReStart Academy, we are always consistent with our vision and mission of providing the best educational opportunities to our students by using rigorous curriculum and instruction, setting high expectations, preparing students for college and the workforce, providing social-emotional support, and most importantly, having a clear understanding of their current academic and social-emotional needs.

    I remain dedicated to ensuring the best possible academic experiences for ReStart students and families, and I encourage you to reach out with any questions or student referrals.

      Sincerely,Joan M. Indart-Etienne

      Joan M. Indart-Etienne

      Joan M. Indart-Etienne
      Master Ambassador Principal