The Rev. Barrington Goldson, center, cheers on students, faculty and...

The Rev. Barrington Goldson, center, cheers on students, faculty and board members during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Laurie R. Brown Library in the Academy Charter School. (Aug. 19, 2011) Credit: Craig Ruttle

Charter schools in Hempstead and Roosevelt are preparing major expansions, with officials in both schools citing increased parent demand.

The Academy Charter School in Hempstead will reopen classes next month in a renovated 34,500-square-foot building with a gymnasium and electronic "smart boards" in each classroom. And Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School is drafting its own expansion plans. It will seek Albany's approval to add grades nine through 12 and form the Island's first charter high school.

But some experts say charter school performance nationwide differs little on average from achievement in traditional schools.

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