Frequently Asked Questions

South Shore Charter School

What is a Charter School?

A charter school is an independently run tuition-free public school granted greater flexibility in its operations by the New York State Dept. of Education in return for greater accountability for performance. The charter that governs the school details the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

Is South Shore Charter School tuition-free?

YES! South Shore Charter School is a tuition free non-profit public school. Charter schools are public schools and charter school students are public school students. When parents choose to send their child to a charter school, the state funding (for that child) that would have been sent to the school district where that student lives is sent, instead, to the charter school the parent has chosen.

When will the school be open?

The school will be open in September of 2023.

Are Special Education and English Language Learners welcomed?

YES! South Shore Charter School will serve students with IEPs, 504s and other accommodations. We will also serve English Language Learners. We will comply with all New York State Department of Education Special Education and ENL regulations.

How can I apply?

You can access the application link by clicking on the green APPLY NOW button at the top and bottom of this page.

What is the student dress code at SSCS?

Students at South Shore Charter School are expected to come to school dressed in full uniform five days per week. We believe that when students wear uniforms,  it keeps the focus on learning. We also believe that it teaches students how to dress as a professional in preparation for their future careers. 

Do I have to live in Central Islip to attend?

NO. South Shore Charter School accepts any student who lives on Long Island or any other part of New York State. 

What grades will the school start with?

We will start with Kindergarten and first grade September of 2023 and add a new grade each year.  

Is there any way to increase the chances of being admitted?

Our school is run on a public lottery system. 

How will SSCS respond to COVID-19?

South Shore Charter School will have a full COVID-19 response plan which will include on site nurses and social distancing protocols. We will also have a full-time social worker and guidance counselor on staff. We will adhere to all NYS Dept. of Health guidelines and CDC regulations.

Will students receive bussing?

YES! Your home school district is required to provide bus service to and from South Shore Charter School.

Where will the school be located and who can attend?

Our address is 25 Church Street, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. The target population will include students who reside in Central Islip, Brentwood, Bay Shore, Bohemia, Ronkonkoma, Medford, Holtsville, Holbrook, Patchogue and the surrounding area. We will actively recruit students from diverse backgrounds. Students of all learning abilities are welcome.