The Equality Charter School

4140 HUTCHINSON RIVER PKWAY EAST
BRONX NY 10475 Map
Phone: (718) 517-3169
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 11 priority
Principal: Favrol Philemy/Amanda Huza
Neighborhood: Co-op City
District: 11
Grade range: 6-10
Charter School

What's special:

Internships and strong student support

The downside:

Two locations, both far from the subway

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 2009, Equality Charter is a solid, well-run choice for middle and high school students in the northeastern section of the Bronx. The school ably serves many children with disabilities who make up one-fifth of the population. Equality offers all-girls and all-boys leadership groups as well as a social skills group for introverts. Some children take on internships outside school, including work as dental assistants, in pediatrics or in TV work, and others may apply to work as paid tutors in school.

The middle school is located in sprawling Co-op City—the largest cooperative housing development in the world—in a building shared with PS 160 and a program for children with disabilities. The high school is four miles south in Castle Hill. More than 80 percent of Equality's eighth graders choose to attend the high school.

Attendance is good at Equality and class size is small. Children are greeted every morning by the deans, who ask how they are doing and monitor breakfast for a smooth start to the day. "We play counselor, father, foster parent, coach, " said a dean.

Founder and director Caitlin Franco said the school prides itself on working with even the most challenging students. "We don't give up on any kids," she said. Adults serve as mentors to individuals and children meet in advisory groups four times a week, to prepare for college and discuss issues such as how to give peers feedback with honesty and tact. One period of advisory is reserved for typing practice but this practice seemed ineffectual since the majority of the students pecked at keys with one finger during a timed exercise.

At both locations we saw teachers present their subject matter via lecture, slideshow or power point. Children politely engaged in teacher-led discussions, using phrases such as, "I agree with ___, and would like to add__." The instruction "is traditional in the sense of some of our academics and approaches," Franco said, distinguishing Equality from more progressive, project-based schools. Yet we saw some group activities, too, and engaging lessons, for example, 8th graders watched a film about Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and an English teacher read a passage aloud from To Kill a Mockingbird, first asking students to close their eyes so they could picture a dramatic scene.

Franco wants children to find their passion at Equality Charter but also to leave with job-related skills. "We seek to serve the community in which we are. Some kids will go straight into the world of work," she said. Yet opportunities are there for motivated students. An 11th grader secured an internship in pediatrics at Jacobi Hospital and sits in on classes for new parents. In the Peer-to-Peer program, older students are paid to tutor younger ones during a "support and enrichment" period at the end of the school day.

There are advanced math classes in middle and high school. Electives include physical education, art and life/literacy. A Spanish-speaking art teacher designed a class called "Spart," combining Spanish and art. Clubs change depending on interest but may include chess, debate, Chinese, theology or robotics.

Middle school principal Amanda Huza is a Bronx native who has taught English language arts and social studies. High school principal Favrol Philemy was assistant principal under Franco. Both principals are approachable and respected within the Equality community.

There is limited access to the gymnasium in the middle school. The teacher leads dance, calisthenics and sprints in the hallway or takes kids outside to play ultimate Frisbee, team handball or other games.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: ICT (integrated co-teaching) in all classes and small group instruction as needed.

ADMISSIONS: A lottery is held in April. The middle school is located at 4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East, Bronx, NY 10475 in Co-op City. Preference goes to District 11 students. The high school opened in 2014 in a former Catholic school and is located at 2141 Seward Avenue, Bronx, NY 10473. Preference for high school goes to continuing Equality Charter students and to District 8 students. ECS fills any seats that become available in 9th through 12th grade. (Lydie Raschka, December 2016)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 160

Number of Students 446

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
73%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

23% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

10% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA 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:

6% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 160

Number of Students 446

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
73%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.39 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:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

69% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

80% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 9% 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?

NA

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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