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.

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.

Are Special Education and English Language Learners welcomed?

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

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 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. 

Will students receive bussing?

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

How will SSCS respond to COVID-19?

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

Where will the school be located and who can attend?

Our current 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, Patchogue and the surrounding area. We actively recruit students from diverse backgrounds. Students of all learning abilities are welcome.

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

Our school is run on a public lottery system.