The UFT Charter School

300 WYONA STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
Phone: (718) 922-0438
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 19 priority
charter
Principal: Michelle Bodden-White/Shep Brown
Neighborhood: East New York
District: 19
Grade range: 0K thru 12

What's special:

School founded by the teachers union

The downside:

Poor academic performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The UFT Charter School, founded by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in September 2005, has been plagued by high turnover of principals (called “leaders”), troubled finances, and poor academic performance, according to WNYC radio. It barely escaped being closed by the state in 2013. [Photo by WNYC’s Beth Fertig.]

The UFT Charter School was designed to show that the union is not to blame for the city schools' problems. While many proponents of charter schools have suggested that excessive union regulations prevent ordinary public schools from being successful, the UFT Charter School is out to prove that it's possible to run a good school while following the union contract.

However, the school has been beset by problems. Although the elementary school appears to be “strong,” the building serving middle and high school students—about a mile away--has had five principals in seven years, chronic shortages of textbooks and supplies and 10 cases of corporal punishment, WNYC reported, quoting a review by the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute.

SUNY decided in 2013 to renew the charter for two years only.

The school has financial troubles, partly because of high attrition; many elementary school children choose not to continue at the middle and high school, the SUNY review said.

UFT officials acknowledge the problems, but say their best students are lured away by other schools. "Right now in this building, our level 3 and 4 students are being recruited by other charter schools, out of the fourth grade," Shelia Evans-Tranumn, who oversees both campuses, told WNYC. "We don't go in and rob another school of their top learners. But many charter schools have an aggressive on-the-ground campaign to get the better students."

UFT Charter elementary school shares a building with IS 292.

Special education: The school was in violation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, because it had a number of students who required more restrictive classroom settings than the school offered, WNYC reported, quoting a SUNY review.

Admissions: Lottery, priority to District 19 residents. (Clara Hemphill, updated with WNYC reports, August 2013)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the JHS 292 building

Number of Students 991

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
77%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

37% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

55% 80% 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

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

66% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

21% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

13% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

10% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

36% 60% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

17% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

6% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

28% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 70% 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?

71% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

92% 92% 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% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 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?

100% 87% 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 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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