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:


Contact Us

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

Giving Back Campaign

This year Brighter Choice for Boys will be participating in the Students Care for Kids program to benefit the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center in memory of Abdulaziz Fadul and Qazir Sutherland. Our families, staff and community will have the opportunity to purchase a heart for $1. All hearts will be displayed at the school from April 28th through May 23rd. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the school at 694-5372.

Why Brighter Choice?

Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys is the only single-gender tuition-free school placing scholars on the road to college. We are currently accepting admission applications for grades K-4. Please contact our Parent Coordinator at 694-5372 to schedule a tour or to learn more about the opportunities being offered at Brighter Choice.