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About the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy (NCPA) is a private Middle School for underserved girls in the City of Newburgh, NY. NCPA fosters education as a means to raise expectations for young girls in this drug and crime ridden small city in the Hudson Valley with the highest instance of teen pregnancy in New York State. Nora Cronin Presentation Academy provides a pathway out of poverty through education.

The cost of education is $10,000 per student. NCPA does not receive public tax financing. It does not receive any funding from the Archdiocese of New York or any individual parish. The bulk of the cost of education is covered by fund raising and grants. Parents pay a nominal $35 per student and volunteer all maintenance services. All students meet the federal standards for free or reduced lunch programs.

The school has a charter from New York State, follows the requirements of the New York State Department of Education, and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The school is funded by grants, donations, and gifts in Kind.

Minuta Architecture's Role

Originally constructed in the late 1800's as a single-family farm home, this 4 story Second Empire Victorian Residence went through various renovations during its life including multiple occupancies. The building ultimately became an abandoned eyesore occupied by squatters. The property was purchased at a Tax Auction. Minuta Architecture assisted NCPA in programming the educational needs and spaces. Minuta Architecture's services also included assisting the NCPA Board to provide: feasibility studies, Zoning Board, Architectural Review Board and Building Department approvals process, Utility Coordination and NYS SHPO (NYS Historic Preservation Office). This massive masonry structure was raised 3 feet to provide additional height to the ground floor used and reinforced with a steel skeletal structure and retro-fitted sprinkler system.

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