The only all-boys tuition-free
elementary school serving the
Capital Region.


Homeless Assistance Act


(McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act)

                Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who lack night-time residence that is fixed, regular or adequate are identified as a homeless situation.  The description of a fixed, regularly and adequate residence is detailed below:

FIXED – a residence that is stationary, permanent and not subject to change.

REGULAR – a residence that is used on a predictable or routine basis.

ADEQUATE – a residence that is sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments.

                 Students experiencing homelessness are entitled to immediate enrollment and may be excluded from providing prior-school records, immunization and medical records, proof of residency, birth certificate and other documents normally required upon submission.  A McKinney-Vento Model Enrollment Form-Residency Questionnaire must be completed for each child experiencing homelessness.  Once homelessness is determined, the student qualifies for the following:

  • Transportation to and from school within a 50 mile radius.
  • Free meals served at school.

 In addition to the benefits above, the Parent Coordinator is to do the following:

  •  Request prior school records.
  • Monitor residency of family and conduct home visit, if necessary.
  • Link students with health services, if needed.
  • Inform parents/guardians about educational opportunities.
  • Assist parents/guardians in resolving disputes.
  • Assist parents/guardians in all matters deemed reasonable.

 Refer to the following sources for additional information regarding McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act:


2015 Recruitment

Now accepting 2015-16 admission applications for grades K-4. Apply on-line or request an application from the school by calling 694-5372.

Contact Us

116 North Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Ph: (518) 694-8200
Fax: (518) 694-8201

Giving Back Campaign

Brighter Choice for Boys is committed to raising funds each year to benefit the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center in memory of Abdulaziz Fadul and Qazir Sutherland. This year Brighter Choice will once again participate in the Students Care for Kids hearts campaign. Hearts will be sold and displayed at the school from February - May, 2015. The generosity of our staff, families and community is greatly appreciated.

Why Brighter Choice?

Established in 2002, Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys is the only single-gender tuition-free school placing scholars on the road to college. Please contact our Parent Coordinator at 694-5372 to schedule a tour and to learn more about the opportunities being offered for scholars entering grades K-4. Brighter Choice accommodates students with disabilities, English language learners and participates in the free and reduced meals program.