Health school to open this year

A new school dedicated to health and sciences is one step closer to arriving in the South Bronx.

The Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School is slated to open in September of this year at 800 Home Street, serving 6th graders in its first year before expanding in the future to cover grades 6-12.

Dr. Richard Izquierdo presented the idea for the school to the city’s Board of Education in order to create more opportunities for African American and Latinos to train to be doctors and nurses.

Izquierdo, who grew up in the area, founded Hunts Point’s Urban Health Plan in 1967.

“A charter school of health careers and science would provide a home-grown crop of health-care providers and potential from our community,” Izquierdo told a reporter in an interview for the July 2009 Express.

The school’s website advises students will benefit from “the first Career & Technical Education (CTE) charter school in New York State, with an academic program culminating in our students achieving New York State certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B).”

80 students had already applied for the 100 open slots when Izquierdo addressed Community Board 2 on March 24. Enrollment deadline was April 1st.

“Handily, we’ll get to 100,” he told the Board.

For more information about the school, visit its Website.

A version of this story appeared in the April 2010 issue of The Hunts Point Express.

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