Icahn Charter School 3
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Icahn Charter School 3
Feburary 2015 update: In September 2014, founding principal Migda Agosto was succeeded by Marcy Glattstein. Glattstein was principal of PS 204 Morris Heights in the Bronx before she moved to Icahn Charter School 3.
May 2013 review: Opened in 2008, Icahn Charter School 3 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 classes run into July. Children with low skills spend 45 minutes every day in small groups and must spend Saturday mornings at school. Classes have only 18 students, much smaller than a typical public school, and attendance and test scores are high.
In class, children work hard, but they get an opportunity to move around as they engage in hands-on lessons, particularly in history, geography and science, areas in which the school excels, following 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.
At ICS 3 parents and teachers reported an average level of satisfaction on the 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey in all areas. Test scores ranged from average to above average. After dropping three grades in one year to a “D” in 2011, the city report card rose to an “A” in 2012.
Founding Principal Migda Agosto was principal of Community School 134 and principal of the Charter School of Educational Excellence in Westchester County. She has many years experience as an educator in the New York City public schools and has a master’s degree in Elementary Bilingual Education from Adelphi University.
Special education: Teachers are able to give children personal attention because of the small numbers. Icahn staff pride themselves on their low referral rates to special education.
Admissions: Admission is by lottery. The waiting list is long. Priority is given to District 11 residents. (Lydie Raschka, May 2013; updated by Ella Colley, February 2015).
At a glance
Number of Students 315
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
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?86% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?90% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?NA 22% 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?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?
This school NULL self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school NULL team teaching (ict).
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:9% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:4% 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?