International Leadership Charter High School

2900 EXTERIOR STREET
BRONX NY 10463 Map
Phone: (718) 562-2300
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 10 priority
Principal: Elaine Ruiz Lopez
Neighborhood: Tremont/ East Tremont
District:10
Grade range: 9-12
Wheelchair Accessible
Charter School

What's special:

School offers Chinese and Tae Kwo Doe

The downside:

State reviewer criticized quality of teaching

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

International Leadership Charter School offers student the chance to study Chinese, learn Tae Kwon Do, or take part in the Model United Nations. However, there have been multiple complaints about the school leadership from parents, students and staff, according to a state report.

On the positive side, it’s an orderly school where students wear uniforms. The school has a high graduation rate and good attendance. Graduates have been admitted to Fordham University, St. John’s University, and Mercy College, as well as SUNY and CUNY schools, according to the school website. It is led by Roberta Cummings, director of instruction, [pictured on the left] and head of school, Dr. Elaine Ruiz-Lopez. [on the right in the photo from school’s website].

“Students say they feel exceptionally comfortable and respected in the school,” according to a state review of the school.

However, the state received “multiple complaints” about the school from parents, teachers and students. “These complaints have centered on the effectiveness of the school leadership and a lack of consistent communication from the school and the board,” state reviewers said in a report recommending renewal of the charter in 2011.

The report was also critical of the quality of teaching. Students sit in rows and rarely interact with one another; they respond to questions with one or two words, the report said. Students read poems and short stories rather than longer works of literature. A senior project consisted of talking for two or three minutes about a cartoon in Glamour magazine, the report said.

The New York Post reported that Ruiz-Lopez fired four teachers and expelled students without due process in the school’s first year in 2006-07.

The school has a high attrition rate, according to data on the state education website. About 100 9th graders are admitted each year, but there are fewer than 70 12th graders. The school is housed in an office building, but plans to move to permanent quarters in 2013.

Admissions: Lottery. (Clara Hemphill, school website and DOE documents, September, 2012)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 303

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
20%

Hispanic

  
71%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
8%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

39% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

96% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

95% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

78% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

98%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

12%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

25% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

397
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

73%

SAT math scores

389
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

61% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

100% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

80% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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