Virtual Graduation Announcement

Virtual Graduation Announcement

Dear Students & Parent/Guardian,

Greetings Warriors from your Innovation Family, 

Class of 2020, against all odds you have risen above challenges to come to this moment in time; this moment where you transition from students to alumni. We are so proud of you, Class of 2020, and we celebrate you and your accomplishments. 

All of us want to honor your amazing achievements together and in-person.  Nothing would bring us more joy.  However, because the timing of the Governor’s notice and the beginning of NYC’s phased re-opening, we only had a small window for organizing a successful and safe in-person graduation for you this mont. As a result, we will remain true to our plans for a really fantastic virtual graduation on Monday June 29th at 2PM.

This is the link to view graduation  on our Youtube channel. Please go to the following  link to view our virtual graduation on the 29th 

Click below for our Graduation Program:

This will be a pre-recorded viewing that our staff have worked tirelessly to put together to say congratulations and goodbye. You have made your mark on Innovation, now it is time to make it on the world. 


Terence Joseph 


2020-2021 Admissions Lottery

2020-2021 Admissions Lottery

Our Admissions Lottery for the 2020-2021 school year took place on April 7th at 5:00pm. The lottery, which is always free and open to the public, was broadcast via Zoom due to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

Click below for the video recording of the lottery:

Zoom link provided for the Lottery (expired):

Zoom meeting password:861975

For help downloading & using the Zoom app, please see the following resources page for helpful videos & tips:

Innovation Distance Learning & COVID-19 Information

Innovation Distance Learning & COVID-19 Information

An important message from Principal Terence Joseph:

Warrior Students and Families,
We’ve looked closely at our online program during these past six weeks and realized that  adjustments to the grading policy must be made for the remainder of the school year. We know everyone has been pushing through all of the ways in which the Coronavirus has impacted you and your loved ones. Because of this, we are changing policies in a way that recognizes the hard work everyone is putting in, but will not penalize students for the hardships they are experiencing.  

>>>Please read this document carefully: Innovation Online Grading Policy Change<<<

Some key changes to the policy beginning with the Marking Period 5 report card involve:

  • If students do not earn passing grades, they will receive an “Incomplete Grade” = INC.
  • Incomplete Grades will not be factored into students’ GPAs. 
  • Students have 1 final project per class to complete in Marking Period 6 broken up over three weeks.
  • Summer School will be an opportunity for students to make up and earn credit for INC grades for Semester 2 and failed grades for Semester 1. 
  • In the Fall, students with INCs will be placed in credit recovery classes/programs

After reading the document, please feel free to reach out to me, your counselors, your teachers or our family engagement team for support.
I have attached an article and info page regarding the NYC DOE’s grade policy adjustment.

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Please see our Presentation on the June Regents Cancellation for information regarding the regents, and how they are effected by the recent COVID-19 stay at home orders.

Please click below for our Distance Learning Plan and Student Schedules:

Student Schedule Template for Distance Learning

Please read our latest newsletter for details about Distance Learning during the COVID-19 quarantine:

  • Innovation has shifted all student classes and student supports to Innovation Online
  • Distance Learning began on Thursday March, 19th @ 8:30am.
  • Distance Learning directions, expectations and schedules have been created for students and communicated to students/families ***SEE Distance Learning Plan at the top of this page***
  • Students needing assistance with laptops and/wifi access please contact us at either or call our Main Office at 212 722 5871 to order the necessary equipment.
  • Students/families needing for shelter/food please contact us at either or call our Main Office at 212 722 5871 to inform us of your needs and receive assistance.
  • Teachers and Innovation Staff will communicate through e-mail, Power School and social media with families. It is extremely important that families check these sources multiple times each day for updates and information.
School Closed until Further Notice

School Closed until Further Notice

Good evening all, 
In light of the Mayors recent message the school building will be closed beginning tomorrow. Innovation will suspend classes Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. Staff at Innovation will be working remotely to put together a Distance Learning plan for students. We will be communicating again on Tuesday morning with more information on how your child may continue their education offsite. We will not be back on campus until further information from the Mayor is communicated to us. For now please email us with any questions, concerns or needs. We will remain available to you for answers. Thank you and I wish you all a safe and healthy night. 

Stephen Falla Riff, Executive Director

Scientists in Training

Scientists in Training

Innovation Earth Science students completing an investigative lab

Innovation Earth Science students are busy in the lab learning about the porosity of substrate materials.

In our science classes, students explore, collaborate with peers, and work with teachers to question their surroundings on a higher level. In this engaging exercise, it was quite evident that science teachers Myrna and Richard have worked hard to instill a structured lab protocol that students are able to follow independently.

Students teach the students: Recycling Lab

Students teach the students: Recycling Lab

Innovation Ecology students are teaching a lesson on recycling practices to the freshmen taking their Living Environment class. According to Innovation science teacher Leslie Liang, “They will practice how to recycle, what you can recycle, and which bins to use. Freshmen classes will be receiving blue and green bins for their classrooms as an ‘Innovation Recycles Pilot Program’.”

In this flipped classroom model, our students teach these sustainable habits to our younger generation, demonstrating leadership, ecological custodianship, and community!

Service Day at Innovation

Service Day at Innovation

Innovation Seniors volunteering at the Salvation Army

An annual tradition at Innovation, Service Day is an opportunity for our seniors to get out into the community and give back. Seniors engage in giving back to the city in many different ways, from volunteering at soup kitchens & the Salvation Army to monitoring oyster stock in the East River for the Billion Oyster Project.

Students participate in the Billion Oyster Project
Retrieving our oyster cage from our restoration station
Field Trip to Newtown Creek Waste Management

Field Trip to Newtown Creek Waste Management

Ever wonder what happens to all of our waste in New York City?Innovation’s Ecology class found out Friday during a field trip to the Newtown Creek waste management plant!

The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest sewage treatment facility operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The Visitor Center at Newtown Creek is the only facility within the five boroughs where students can experience New York City’s water infrastructure. Through guided education programs, Innovation ecology students discovered the journey our drinking water takes to get to our taps, the process of cleaning our wastewater before it is released into surrounding waterways, and stewardship opportunities.

Innovation students on the catwalk above the wastewater digester eggs

For more information about the plant & their outreach programs, contact