8th Grade Program

The ReStart Academy Middle School Program is an intensive 8th-grade program that supports 14–17-year-olds who have previously struggled and been retained to meet 8th grade promotion requirements. We offer this program in seven sites throughout NYC—each one housed in and collaborating with an NYC Department of Education high school.

Academics + Student Support + Extracurriculars = Success

With small class sizes and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards, we provide targeted academic support to all of our students, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Our staff at each site is well equipped to meet the social and emotional needs of our students to support their academic, behavioral, and personal success.

Each site has a student support team, including a full-time guidance counselor and community associate who conduct daily group advisory classes, Restorative Circles, and support to families. Our guidance counselors also provide individual and group counseling and intensive support with the high school application process, ensuring that students make a smooth transition to an appropriate school setting once they leave ReStart.

ReStart also provides many special events and field trip experiences to enhance the curriculum, including annual spelling bees and science fairs, visits to city museums, College Access for All week, college tours, Broadway shows, and Aviator sports. ReStart also infuses the arts into the students’ experience with us through our partnership with Doing Art Together

In the 2017–2018 school year, our middle school program had a 96% promotion rate, and 86% of our students received a match to one of their top three high school choices.

Our Seven Middle School Sites

Our middle school program for over-age eighth graders has locations at seven sites in various high schools. The services we offer at these seven sites is equal and consistent from one to another.

ReStart Academy at August Martin Campus
Contact: Karla Caceres
Phone: (718) 528.2920, ext. 2630

ReStart Academy at Channel View School for Research
Contact: Lizzette Sierra
Phone: (718) 734.3212, ext. 3593

ReStart Academy at George Washington Campus
Contact: Cristina Cabellos-Baez
Phone: (347) 601.5145

ReStart Academy at Mott Haven Community
Contact: Nayoka Thomas
Phone: (718) 503.5340, ext. 5306

ReStart Academy at Orchard Collegiate
Contact: Amanda Hicks
Phone: (212) 406.9411, ext. 135

ReStart Academy at Port Richmond Campus
Contact: Stacey Michael
Phone: (347) 403.2135

ReStart Academy at WEB Dubois High School
Contact: Stacey Michael & Natalie Delgado
Phone: (718) 804.1866, ext. 2081