Chase Davenport, Nicola Fleischer, and Shernice Lazare visit the Mission Local office. Photo by Lydia Chávez

There’ll be new kids on the block come August 17, when a charter school called the New School opens its doors to 44 kindergarteners and 44 first graders. The school will open its temporary 8,000 square foot space on 19th street between Alabama and Florida streets, but expects to outgrow the space as it grows over the next few years.

The New School is administered by the state, and founded by a variety of educators with backgrounds in private, nonprofit and public education. Funding for the school comes primarily from the state Board of Education, as well as from grants and private donors. Its main focus, as a teacher who visited the Mission Local offices told us, is ‘inquiry based learning’ — teaching the kids by encouraging them to ask questions about how things work.

Instruction will also be provided in Spanish. New School is tuition-free and open to all students, but only a handful of kindergarten wait list spots remain. The school will be adding an additional grade each year, in the hopes of becoming a K-12 school.

And, if anyone has any reasonable apartments out there, two of the teachers are looking for a place to live.

More on the New School, including answers to FAQs, can be found here.

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