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Classes to end at 6 p.m. for 2,000 kids

Jun 11, 2013 by

City officials have identified 20 public middle schools whose sixth-graders won’t be hearing the dismissal bell this fall until 6 p.m.

The schools — six each in The Bronx and Brooklyn, five in Queens and three in Manhattan — are participating in a pilot program that extends the school day by 2 1/2 hours.

A total of 2,000 students will receive the extra class time and intensive literacy help for the entire school year, beginning in September.

Participating schools include the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media, JHS 143 in Washington Heights and the Village Academy in Queens.

The program, a joint production of the Department of Education and the City Council, is expected to cost approximately $19 million over three years.

Such nonprofits as the Robin Hood Foundation and other private firms are contributing to the funding.

An additional 20 schools were added to a middle-school initiative that was launched in 2011 to address long-running performance declines in grades six to eight.

That makes a total of 89 schools that are getting additional support.

Lackluster results in the middle grades is a common pattern across the country.

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