The Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships (OSDCP) designs and develops new schools, redesigns drastically under-enrolled schools, supports school flexibility and redesign through the Progressive Redesign Opportunity for Schools of Excellence (PROSE) initiative and partners with charter schools. OSDCP represents the NYC DOE as the authorizer of 69 charter schools, and supports all charter schools operating in New York City by developing conditions that incentivize collaboration.
A year prior to the decision to open a new school in a district, the Office of School Design (OSD) partners with families, district and community stakeholders to develop new schools that are informed by and responsive to family, community and district needs. Working in close collaboration with Superintendents and new school leaders, OSD convenes interactive meetings and visioning activities to ensure multiple voices and ideas are represented from throughout the district to inform the design and leadership of the new school.
New schools are based on community need. DOE seeks to open school models that reflect deep research and best practices. OSD works in close collaboration with Superintendents to develop schools with input and feedback from parents, community based organizations, and youth. Rather than individual school leaders developing a proposal, DOE is seeking experienced educators who can co-construct a vision and a specific plan for a new school with the community.
All eligible leaders must be in the principals’ pool and will be vetted by the Office of Leadership. Superintendents and other community stakeholders will partner with OSDCP to select principals from that pool. For more information, about becoming a leader, please visit the Leadership Pathways site.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and paraprofessionals can apply to positions in new schools by clicking here.
Please review resource guide for your area of concern and contact the DOE contact provided. If you are unable to get assistance, please email the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships at and we will further assist you. You may also review our Operations Tool Kit, for application forms, user guides and presentations on various DOE systems at the Charter School site.
The Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program was established as part of the new contract between the UFT, CSA and the DOE. The PROSE program enables schools who have a demonstrated record of effective school leadership, collaboration, and trust to implement innovative practices outside of existing rules. Administrators and teachers in 164 PROSE schools collaboratively engage in reflective conversations which surface practices and systems that improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness. These conversations also reveal practices that may need improvement to increase school metrics. In either case, these conversations make way for collaborative schools to engage in an application and voting process to modify the UFT contract and/or Chancellor's/State regulations. Upon a successful application and passing vote, schools can then leverage granted flexibilities to build upon current practices.

Think of this process as a School Based Option with a higher voting threshold of 65%, a greater reach regarding contractual modifications, and a longer implementation period of five years. The PROSE overview documents provide more information regarding mission and metrics. The PROSE Periodicals provide more information regarding school flexibilities and implementation.
Schools submitted a letter of intent indicating their interest in the PROSE program, and then an application signed by the principal, UFT Chapter Chair, and a parent SLT member. Applications were reviewed by the DOE and UFT. Schools had to meet three basic requirements:
  1. Have a proven record of collaboration within the school community.
  2. Commitment to pursuing innovative ideas with the full support of the SLT and the school community.
  3. Have the potential to make a strong impact on student learning through the implementation of a creative and bold plan of action
Schools with successful applications were notified to organize a staff vote. Schools had to gain the support of 65 percent of their UFT staff through a vote in order to become a PROSE school.
The application process for new PROSE schools is now closed. The application process will reopen in Winter 2019. For details about the application process, including the PROSE application presentation, appplication template, and application rubric, please visit the PROSE website. All interested schools can apply to become a PROSE Pathways school. PROSE Pathways provides an avenue for schools who are not yet PROSE to learn from current PROSE schools in the areas of Models of Inter-Visitation, Increased Diversity, Distributed Leadership, Extended Learning Time and Flexible Class Sizes. These schools have an opportunity to benefit from trainings and supports provided by the panel as well as internal/external partners. Through this extended partnership, participants of PROSE Pathways have the advantage of creating robust applications that support their areas of interest.
School Design

New Schools The Office of School Design partners with families and community stakeholders to develop new schools that are responsive to district needs in the areas of: Family and Community Engagement, New School Leader Selection and New School Design & Development.

PROSE Schools

PROSE Schools 164 schools are now a part of the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE). 50+ schools are a part of PROSE Pathways.Visit the PROSE website.

Charter Schools

Charter Schools The NYC DOE serves as the authorizer of 69 charter schools, and supports all charter schools operating in New York City. Visit the Charter Schools site.