Harlem Prep Charter Elementary School

240 EAST 123 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10035 Map
Phone: (212) 876-9953
Admissions: Lottery/District 4 priority
Principal: Tameka Royal/Kimberly Dacres
Neighborhood: East Harlem
District:4
Grade range: K-5
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

A structured learning environment

The downside:

Could be more of an emphasis on recess and afterschool activities

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Harlem Prep Charter School joined the Democracy Prep network in August 2011 when Democracy Prep took over for the low-performing Harlem Day Charter School, which was being closed by its authorizing agent, the State University of New York, because of low test scores and failing performance. After Harlem Day was closed, the school reopened with most of the same students, but with a new name, board, and mostly new teachers.

Harlem Prep currently serves students in grades K-6, and next year it will add a seventh grade. The middle school is located at 410 East 100th Street.

According to the Department of Education progress reports for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, a year after the school joined the Democracy Prep network, it improved its grade from a D to an A, drastically improving the students’ English and math proficiency.

To turn around the school’s performance, Democracy Prep instituted various changes characteristic of the network. It lengthened the school day and school year, providing students with more than two hours of English, one hour of math, and one hour of social studies and science every day. According to DNAinfo, after performing student assessments, Democracy Prep decided to require more than half the students to repeat a grade because they lacked the basic skills to advance.

Harlem Prep now employs Democracy Prep’s strict code of conduct based on the school’s DREAM Values (Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Maturity). Students are held to high standards, and good behavior is strictly enforced. Students wear uniforms and pass through the hallways in straight, silent lines. While the culture of discipline and structure appears to be contributing to the school’s turnaround, some students and their families worry about a lack of recess and afterschool activities, according to DNAinfo.

Harlem Prep prepares students to continue onto middle schools in the Democracy Prep network.

Admission: By lottery. Preference is given to children in District 4. Check the school's website for more information. (Pauline Zaldonis, Internet research, December 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 640

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
35%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
70%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
7%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

27% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

96% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

68% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

17% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

32% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

36% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

57% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

22% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

22% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

96% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

80% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

68% 72% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the 2012-2013 school year?

61% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

8% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

6% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

6% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

17% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

67% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

61% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

87% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

65% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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