“I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.” - Bessie Coleman
Celebrating Inspirational African American Women
In my search to highlight inspirational African American heroes, I found a “Sheroe” named Bessie Coleman who takes her place alongside of other extraordinary aviators and rarely highlighted during the celebrations of Black History Month. Bessie Coleman was the first black woman to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.
Scholars Light the Torch of Inspiration: College Application Walk
Seniors from International Leadership Charter High School in the Riverdale/Kingsbridge section of the Bronx today walked together to Kingsbridge Post Office to mail their college applications in a ceremony to recognize their hard work and achievements. Every student and teacher at the school lined the main hallway and cheered loudly as the seniors exited the school and walked to the post office. At the post office, the students, as well as postal workers and members of the surrounding community, cheered as each student mailed their applications.
Lessons in History, Hope and Resiliency
Since 1920 when women earned the right to vote there have been millions of young women and little girls who have dreamed about becoming the first female President of the United States. In the early 1960’s I was one of them. My father recently reminded me of the Parent Teacher conference that he attended with my mother at P.S. 20 on Simpson Street in the South Bronx. My teacher proudly shared my achievements and informed them that I could become the first woman to become President of the highest office of the land. They have shared this story since I was a child. Last night, I reminisced once again with my father and laughed about how Secretary Clinton was soon to be voted in for what should have been my job, the first Woman of the United States of America! This morning we all woke up to the breaking news that the grand vision to shatter the glass ceiling did not come to pass. The victory that millions of women were ready to celebrate suddenly came to a halt.
Our Charter School Celebrates a Decade of Service: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities
The International Leadership Charter High School was established in January of 2006 with doors opening for the first 9th grade class on September 11, 2006. In the past 10 years, we have successfully provided a quality education and service to high school age students throughout the Bronx. As of June 29, 2016 we have educated six cohorts, led six graduations and have prepared six valedictorians & salutatorians for their graduation speeches.
Marking the end of this academic year, there will be approximately 350 students whom have graduated from our charter high school and have enrolled in colleges and universities throughout New York State and the Northeast. Our alumni are being prepared to lead careers in various industries throughout the local community, the state and throughout various parts of the country.
The Inauguration of our New School Building
On January 27, 2016 we held our Inauguration and Grand Opening for our new school building. This momentous occasion was celebrated by parents, community leaders, and our school leadership in recognition that our charter school’s vision for a permanent home for teaching and learning was finally realized. In attendance were members of the Board of Trustees, Assemblyman Dinowitz, Councilman Cohen, Honorable Marlene Cintron, President of BOEDC, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Reverend Ray Rivera and Shin Mitsugi Deputy Executive Director at Build NYC.
AT ILCHS, we seek to prepare every student to become a leader in the global world, and we are truly proud of our success! To build on and maintain this success, however, we need your support. Please consider supporting ILCHS today!As ILCHS is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution will be fully tax deductible. Please visit our donations page to make a safe and secure online contribution.
We learned about gratitude and humility-that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors that kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
First Lady Michelle Obama
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
The change of seasons and the autumn leaves is my favorite time of year. The most basic and thoughtful form of gratitude during these changing and uncertain times, is to be thankful for every day that we can breathe and lather in the beauty of nature, and enjoy the breath of life with our friends, family and those we serve. During this season there are two words that are so easy and accessible, yet too often taken for granted. I am grateful for our scholars, parents, school community and team. I am particularly grateful that our new school building has been completed and that we will be moving to our new home very soon. The best part of ourselves is in the expression of gratitude and simply communicated by saying “Thank You.”
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes - June 15, 2015
NYS Board of Regents vote on five more Years
The Chancellor recommended that the International Leadership Charter High School be renewed to a full term, 5 year renewal.
The Chancellor has also approved the charter revision to increase your school's maximum authorized enrollment to 440 student. Reflecting that change, the DOE has revised the renewal report for the International Leadership Charter School, a copy of which can be found publicly on our website.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This month we celebrate women of courage from Selma, Alabama to the White House.
Without question, these are heroic women who have sat down so that we can stand up. Throughout the year our scholars learn about women in History. The common thread that connects the women highlighted in this edition of News and Notes is the fact that they have paved the way for all women in this country and across the globe.
Whether leading in Congress or marching in Selma, their names and the content of their character and sacrifices will be remembered. For Women's History Month we highlight a few of these trailblazers.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Our school community celebrates African American Heritage Month with lessons about legendary leaders who paved the way for freedom and equality for all persons of color in this country. Our scholars are actively studying lessons taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, as well as viewing video clips of the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1964. Historical readings from novels such as Dr. King's "Why We Can't Wait" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" provide a framework for the teaching of our history. The top movie pick of the season is Selma, a cinematic depiction of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it is highly recommended for young people and families to see.
Happy New Year! The month of January represents new hopes and dreams. Nationally, we also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his role in the historical passing and signing of the Civil Rights legislation and the Voting Rights Act of 1964. As you know, these were very challenging times in our world and our local communities. However, a new year gives us all an opportunity to reflect on ways in which we can make a difference and contribute to social justice and peace in our neighborhoods, the work place, and our schools. We wish you all much peace, success, and prosperity in 2015 and beyond. At ILCHS we have many exciting upcoming events and initiatives that are in development for this year. Please stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some end of year highlights and a celebration of accomplishments.
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes - September 9, 2014
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Newsweek America’s Top High Schools
Beating the Odds 2014 : Top Schools for Low-Income Students
This year, Newsweek sought to recognize schools that beat the odds and who performed better than statistically expected for the students’ level of poverty. For this list, schools were ranked on how well they prepare their students for college, READ MORE
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes - September 4, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome back! I hope that you have had a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer break. On behalf of members of our Charter School's Leadership Team and Board of Trustees, we look forward to greeting you this Fall Semester 2014-15. For the past four weeks, our team members have been working diligently to ramp up operations for the first days of instruction. READ MORE
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes - July 3, 2014
ILCHS Congratulates Cohort Five!
Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez congratulates an exceptional group of young scholars on their great achievement as the International Leadership Charter High School (ILCHS) celebrated the Cohort V Graduation on Friday, June 27, 2014. Our highlighted speakers were Cid Wilson, Commissioner Appointee of President Barack Obama National Museum of the American Latino Commission and Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Founder of Strategic Destiny and author of "Mentoring from the Inside Out". READ MORE
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes - June 4, 2014
In May we celebrated International Education Week with a food festival and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration by a selected group of our seniors. The highlight of our celebration focused a great deal of attention on raising awareness in our school community on a serious global matter that affects us all very deeply. The kidnapping of the 276 Nigerian Girls has shocked the world and has impacted our students directly. As one of our Nigerian student describes “this hits very close to home.” Our Dollar and a Dream Club scholars participated in creating signs and leading a silent protest throughout the school to raise awareness to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls. One male student writes, “All they wanted was an education.” READ MORE
CEO News & Notes - Special Recognition Laura Baker
We want to recognize Laura Baker for her wonderful work with our students and commitment to our Charter School’s mission and vision. Ms. Baker is completing her second year at the International Leadership Charter High School teaching English I. She is a dedicated teacher who cares for her students and can be relied upon whenever called to assist in their achievement. READ MORE
Our New York State Report Card for 2012-2013 has been released and once again International Leadership Charter High School has received high marks!
DI would like to thank all the members of our charter school community who have contributed to such high marks and positive outcomes on our NYS Report Card that reflects a 95% graduation rate and our outperformance of the city and state on all measures of accountability and performance. READ MORE
ILCHS Scholars win third place in the 2014 New York City Science and Engineering Fair
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López congratulates two of our Scholars from the Graduating Class of 2014, Leslee Ramos and Chandani Jagmohan, for placing third in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) on March 27, 2014 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. NYCSEF is the city’s largest competition. Approximately 700 students from around the city submitted applications. READ MORE
The High Costs of a Public Charter School Education: A Commentary
For the past three months, the politics and value of charter schools have been steadily debated in the media and numerous public arenas. The election of a new administration has opened the door for dialogue as well as a healthy dose of controversy surrounding the question of quality public education and much needed reforms, the right to school choice, and the promise of greater educational opportunities for students and the community. READ MORE
Featured Books & "Dollar and a Dream Club"
As an Elementary and Middle School student, my classmates and I were expected to read at least 25 books per year. My goal was to achieve the Gold and Platinum status, which was an elite club of readers at P.S. 20. I learned to love books and to escape to different worlds as I read. I volunteered in the school library, and my job was to cover the brand new books. This is how I learned to take care of and to treasure books. READ MORE
As we celebrate Women's History Month, I have been taking time to reflect on Women of Courage. Throughout my adolescence and adult life, I paid close attention to extraordinary women of courage who fought to abolish slavery & to fight for freedom & for civil & human rights. Among them, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Melba Patillo Beals, & Nettie Hunt stand out. I admired their leadership qualities, unwavering love for humanity, & their steadfast quests for justice & the equal rights of others. READ MORE
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2014!
These fine Scholars are almost at the finish line steadily completing their graduation requirements. More than 70% of our Scholars have already received numerous college acceptance letters from CUNY and SUNY as well as from private colleges and universities throughout New York State and out of state.
National School Choice Week
Councilman Andrew Cohen meets Scholars at the International Leadership Charter High School for National School Choice Week, the Parent Advisory Council at the International Leadership Charter High School Celebrate National School Choice Week & Dr. Elaine Ruiz López is joined by members of the ILCHS school community as they celebrate National School Choice Week.
Dr. Elaine Ruiz López End of Year Appeal & Highlights
Season’s Greetings and welcome to the launch of our new look and charter school's website. We are very happy to report that the International Leadership Charter High School (ILCHS) has been ranked # 6 out of all NYC public high schools the Top Charter High School in the neighboring community school district in the Bronx for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.