FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What are ROADS Charter High Schools?
ROADS Charter High Schools are a network of free, public, community schools committed to serving students who are over-age and under-credited in order to ensure that all students graduate thoroughly prepared for success academically, professionally and personally.
We have an admission priority for students who are:
- Involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system
- Homeless or in transitional housing
- Involved in foster care or child protective service
2. What is it like attend a ROADS Charter High Schools?
We are a small community of hardworking students and educators. Every adult here will know your name. It is every adult’s job to treat you with respect and to look out for you. We expect you to treat all students and adults with that same respect and be part of our family
3. What is different about ROADS compared to other charter schools?
ROADS actively recruits and serves students who have previously struggled in school and are at risk of dropping out. We create a community of support for every student, while also challenging you to work harder and do better than you have done before. At ROADS, we all reach our goals together or not at all.
4. Who can attend a ROADS Charter High School?
To be eligible for ROADS, students must be 15 or 16 years old, have 11 or fewer high school credits, have completed the 7th grade and have been held back at least once. Selection of all ROADS students is determined by a random lottery for each school. The lottery process gives preference to students who are currently in foster care, homeless or in temporary housing, or have ever been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system. We also encourage English Language Learners and Special Education students to apply.
5. How long does it typically take to graduate from a ROADS Charter High School?
To graduate from ROADS, students are required to earn 44 credits and pass 5 Regents exams. For many of our students, it will take 4 years to graduate.
6. How long is the school day and school year at ROADS?
Our school day and year are both longer than other schools’. We have a 7-hour school day and we also have a 4-week summer engagement session. However, the ROADS experience is fun as well as transformational and the longer school time will allow you to catch up academically to your peers and graduate prepared for college and career
7. What’s so fun about ROADS?
ROADS Charter High Schools make sure to celebrate your hard work and victories with field trips, college visits, arts, and sports activities. We have a comprehensive after-school program that includes arts, dance, sports, and music. We have a competitive basketball team! And our summer program gives students opportunities to participate in internships, community service projects, travel, credit recovery, and leadership programs.
8. How do I apply to ROADS?
If you are eligible for a ROADS Charter High School, simply download the admission application on our enroll page or apply online here. Make sure you complete all of the information and have a parent/guardian sign the application. We will contact you for the next steps.
9. Can a ROADS representative visit my school/students?
To request a school visit, complete the Admissions Contact Form.