Icahn Charter School 2
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Icahn Charter School 2
Opened in 2007, Icahn Charter School 2 offers small classes, a longer school day and lots of lessons in history, geography and science starting in the youngest grades. The school is modeled on the original school of the same name, which opened in 2003 in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx and is supported by billionaire financier Carl Icahn.
The days are long, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and run to mid-July. Children with low skills spend 45 minutes every day in small groups outside of class and must spend Saturday mornings at the school. Classes have only 18 students, much smaller than a typical public school, and attendance and test scores are high.
In class, children must work hard, but they get an opportunity to move around as they engage in artsy, hands-on lessons, particularly in history, geography and science, areas in which the school excels and offers to even the very youngest kids. Teachers follow the work of educator E.D. Hirsch, who wrote books outlining a base of “core knowledge” he believes every well-educated person needs to know. A recent theme was about the impact of human activity on the environment, followed by a trip to the Bronx Zoo.
Students significantly outperform the neighborhood schools on state tests and parents and teachers report a high level of satisfaction on the Learning Environment Survey in all areas. Parents receive a progress report six times a year and are held accountable for attendance and homework. They are called by 9 a.m. if children are absent and must provide a note upon the child’s return.
Founding Principal Brenda Carrasquillo is a long-time Department of Education employee who was principal at CS 92 in the Bronx.
Special education: Teachers are able to give children personal attention because of the small numbers. Icahn schools pride themselves on their low referral rates to special education.
Admissions: Admission is by lottery and the waiting list is long. Priority is given to District 11 residents. (Lydie Raschka, May 2013).
At a glance
Number of Students 325
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA 22 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?96% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?19% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
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?54% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?98% 93% 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 5% 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:NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:41% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:29% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?