The Opportunity Charter School

240 WEST 113 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10026 Map
Phone: (212) 866-6137
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 3 priority
Principal: Allison Mutzel
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 3
Grade range: 6-12
Charter School

What's special:

Inclusion school mixes special education and general ed students

The downside:

Weak academic performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Opportunity Charter School is committed to "inclusive" education--teaching both general education students and students with special needs. For admissions, the school conducts two separate lotteries, one for the general population, the other for special needs students, who make up about half of the student population at the school. There are 18 kids in classes, all of which have both a teacher and an assistant. In addition, on each grade the school has placed a social worker and a speech and language therapist. They work with children in their classrooms; no kids are pulled out for special services. Most students come from the neighborhood and most enter middle school with weak academic skills, administrators said.

Founded in September 2004 as a middle school, it has expanded to include a high school program.

The Department of Education threatened to close the school in 2012 because of poor academic performance, but it was given a reprieve and allowed to stay open, according to DNAinfo.

The school accepts students that other schools shun—either because they have poor grades or behavior problems. "We wind up with a lot of students who were not succeeding at other charter schools," Emily Samuels, Opportunity's director of development, told DNAinfo.

Natasha Dyer, a senior, said individual attention helped her do better at Opportunity than her old school.

"You have more than just a teacher here," she told DNAinfo. "You have counselors and other people to help you. If you can't find one person, there's 20 others." [video by DNAinfo]

The school has a team of social workers to help students with emotional and other problems.

The school shares a building with PS 241, STEM Institute and another charter school, Harlem Success Academy 4.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April.  Priority is given to District 3 residents. (Judy Baum, March 2006, updated with web reports August 2013)

 

 

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Success Academy Harlem 4 Charter Elementary School and PS 241

Number of Students 447

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
64%

Hispanic

  
33%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
50%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.13 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

68% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

81% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

57% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

41% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

24% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

30% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

4% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

4% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

71% 87% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 6% 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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Success Academy Harlem 4 Charter Elementary School and PS 241

Number of Students 447

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
64%

Hispanic

  
33%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
50%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.00 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

4% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

4% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

65% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

41% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

77% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

45% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

45% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

46% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

55% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

67% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 10% 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?

2%

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

0%

Are students ready for college?

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

3% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

366
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

38% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

343
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

82% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

62% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

67% 54% 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?

84% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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