Letter from the Executive Director

2021-2022 School Year

Dear Families,

We hope you are well and safe as we prepare for our new school year. This past school year was a year no one had ever experienced, but together, we made significant progress in moving our school forward. 

We graduated 104 of our scholars, 85  received acceptance into college, 78 are starting college in September, and two are going into the military.  Even with the pandemic knocking us, we moved forward. Our scholars, in all grades from 9th to 12th, pushed forward, catching up with their requirements and ending strong. We did that with the help of our Board of Trustees, our families, scholars, and staff at Law & Social Justice.  We could not have achieved this without the help and support of all our students and their families. 

Welcome to the new school year, 2021-2022!  

The 2021-2022 school year is significantly important for our school to catch up and move forward academically. Our scholars, staff, and school community will prepare for our Charter Renewal, which will occur in 2022-23. 

With this in mind, we have named Ms. Liz Runco as Principal. Ms. Runco has been the Assistant Principal for Instruction and ELA over the past two years here at CHSLSJ.  Ms. Runco will focus her attention on improving our instruction and scholar's academic improvement.

In September, CHSLSJ will re-open for in-person instruction from 8:53 am to 3:30 pm from Monday through Friday.  All students will follow a structured schedule that includes core and elective courses, allows socialization and services throughout the school day.   At 3:30 PM, we will start a robust extracurricular and academic after-school program, which all students will be encouraged to join. 

The staff schedule will run from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, allowing staff to participate in extracurricular programming and provide office hours every day.

Once a month on different Fridays, we have planned asynchronous learning days. On these days, scholars will have time to work on class projects and makeup missing assignments while working from home. Additionally, all students will be assigned Suite 360 lessons to support their socioemotional health and prepare them for upcoming Advisory lessons.  On these days, scholars will have support from our counselors and deans.

Your scholars will receive their schedule before the start of the school year, September 9th for 9th and 10th grade and September 10th for 11th and 12th Grade. 

The first full day of school is Monday, September 13, 2021 in person. Masks are required.

We continue to be partnered with Bronx Community College for our "College Now" program; many Seniors have already enrolled.   We are pleased to announce that we are now part of the National Education Equity Lab Project and will have two college classes taught in our school during the school day, which will provide college credit for scholars who take these courses. Arizona State University and Stanford University are providing those courses.  For more information about enrolling in any of these programs, contact your child’s counselor.


Our partnership with the College of Mount Saint Vincent School of Education will provide us with student teachers again this year, and our partnership with the New York Law School will expose students to the power of law to promote social change.

We will continue to provide scholars with a high-quality education focused on a pathway to college, graduate school, careers in the legal profession, and depart with many life skills.  Law and Social Justice will permeate everything we do, including social action, internships, elective courses, and college courses. 

We are continuing our plan to become the #1 school in New York City. This will mean continuing to rebuild the school, building a foundation of safety, caring, and rigorous instruction based on law and social justice.  We need the support of each of you and your children in this effort.

We care about each of our scholars and their families.  We will build a safe place that respects each member of our community.  

Thank you again for your support, and together we will make 2021-2022 a fantastic year! 

If you have concerns about the coming year or have additional questions, please reach out to us.  

Be safe!

Richard Burke

Executive Director/HOS