This September a group of 135 ninth graders will become the inaugural class at Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, which is East Harlem’s first charter high school. Principal Nicholas Tishuk said the school received far more applications than there were spots available for the incoming students. Tishuk said he he thinks that is because parents in the area are willing to invest in their children’s future and take a risk on a new school that will prove to be that smart investment. Every parent or guardian has had at least one personal visit from either Tishuk himself or a member of his staff, something far from common in today’s educational system. You can read the full story and find out more about the school’s summer program’s here.