FORT GREENE - Students who walk out of the Khalil Gibran International Academy this summer won't be coming back to the same school.

The panel for education policy yesterday voted to close the controversial Arabic language middle school and reopen it as a public high school.

The school had been plagued by problems since it opened four years ago. Opponents feared it would teach Islamic extremism to students. A former principal also sued the school after she claimed she was forced out.

Enrollment declined after a location change made it harder for students to attend, according to parents. Educators say they hope the school will be more successful with older students.