HISTORY & CulturE
WHO IS JUDITH S. KAYE?
Judith S. Kaye was the first female appointed to the Court of Appeals of the State of New York and the first female to serve as Chief Judge of the State of New York. An exceptional leader and a true visionary, she left her mark on New York’s courts as a creative reformer by streamlining New York’s jury system and establishing specialized courts to focus on issues such as drug addiction, domestic violence, and mental health issues. A focal point for Judge Kaye was the importance of addressing the needs of young people who become disengaged from school, leading her to become a staunch advocate for keeping kids in school and out of court.
To honor her legacy, The Judith S. Kaye High School (JSK) opened its doors in September 2017. We are a New York City public transfer high school co-located with the School of Cooperative Technical Education (Co-Op Tech) in Manhattan. At JSK we utilize a multitude of innovative services, and a customized level of support for each student to earn a Regents or High School Equivalency Diploma, along with career and technical certificates at Co-op Tech in a variety of cutting edge trade areas. Our course offerings also include interpersonal skills development, extracurricular activities, Learning to Work internships, and career and college guidance.
At JSK students flourish in a safe, caring, nurturing and supportive learning environment the way Judge Kaye envisioned it! Her legacy lives on!