Community Partnership Charter Lower School

241 EMERSON PLACE
BROOKLYN NY 11205 Map
Phone: (718) 399-3824
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 13 priority
Principal: Melanie Bryon/Keisha Rattray
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
District: 13
Grade range: PK-4
Number of full-day PK seats: N/A
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
Charter School
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Class trips and potluck suppers

The downside:

School doesn’t have its own building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At the Community Partnership Charter School, parents are invited to weekly “read alouds” and regular potluck suppers. Children go on frequent class trips to places like the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Central Park Zoo, and the Queens Hall of Science. Students may study the environment on an overnight trip to Camp Ramapo upstate or learn about China by eating at a restaurant in Chinatown.

The Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS) was founded in 2000 by parents and the Beginning with Children Foundation, which also runs the Beginning with Children School in Brooklyn. Grades pre-kindergarten-4 are housed in a building shared with PS 270. Grades 5-8 share space with PS 256 at 114 Kosciusko Street, Brooklyn, 11216. (The middle school phone number is 718-636-3904.) The school philosophy seems to fall somewhere inbetween the stricter "no-nonsense" charters such as Achievement First and the more progressive ones, such as nearby Community Roots. It was the first charter school in the district to begin to offer pre-k classes, in the 2015-2016 school year.

Class size is capped at 25, with two teachers in every class. Children in grades K-4 have classes from 8 am to 4 pm; children in grades 5-8 have classes from 8 to 4:30 pm. There is free after school until 6 pm. A founding teacher, Melanie Byron, became the director in 2005. The middle school principal is Keisha Rattray. The ethnically diverse faculty is young and enthusiastic, and a few staffers, like the director and the dean of students, have been with the school since its inception. [Photo from school website.]

Kids have science class several times a week in a dedicated science room and engage in such fun activities as making "slime." There is also a music room and an art room.

The middle school graduated its first class of 26 8th graders in 2013. Nearly half were admitted to Bedford Academy; three were admitted to the specialized high schools.

Special education: The school offers team-teaching classes for children with special needs.  The director has a background in special education.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 13 residents.  (Clara Hemphill, telephone interviews, May 2013; upated pre-k information January, 2016)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 270

Number of Students 471

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
80%

Hispanic

  
15%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

42% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

48% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

55% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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 last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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 state math exam:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

9% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 93% 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?

61% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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