Believe Northside Charter High School

424 LEONARD STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11222 Map
Phone: (347) 390-1273
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery. Priority to District 14.
Principal: Suzanne Curran
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District:14
Grade range: 9-12
Charter School

What's special:

Latin instruction, uniforms, long school day

The downside:

Strict discipline; early turnover in leadership

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Northside Charter School, opened in 2009 on the top floor of JHS 126, is a traditional school with a long school day. Classes run from 7:55 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when classes run until 1:08 p.m., leaving those afternoons for teacher professional development. All students take Latin and wear a uniform of black pants or skirts, white shirts and gray ties.  Students who are out of uniform may be kept after school for detention.

The discipline code is strictly enforced: On our visit a few weeks into the school year, three students had been suspended, mostly for skipping detention, and one was expelled for consistently skipping classes, administrators say. That said, students are also rewarded with merits for good behavior, which hang in the school hallway. Students say teachers are helpful and caring. Every student is assigned an advisor to track academic and nonacademic performance.

Students must take four years of English, four years of history, four years of math, three years of science, and one year of Latin. Latin is the only foreign language offered. Eddie Calderon-Melendez, founder of Williamsburg Charter School and the two other schools in the Believe Schools Network, says he hopes these classes will help students with the SAT and with grammar. “Everything you read will have reference to something Greek or Roman or Latin,” he says.

School administrators make surprise uniform checks several times a week, and anyone not dressed properly will spend at least 15 minutes in detention after school, and may get a call home. The school has a “zero tolerance” policy, says operations director Racquel Brown.

The school had turnover in its leadership after its first year. When we visited early in the fall of the school’s second year, the new directors one for instruction and one for operations were still settling in.

Special education: About 15 percent of the students receive special education services.  A teacher of English as a Second Language works with students in small groups and also helps classroom teachers adapt their lessons for ESL students.

Northside Charter shares a building with Believe Southside Charter and with JHS 126. All three schools share a gym, cafeteria, auditorium and library in the building, constructed in 1966. Students use McCarren Park across the street for after school sports clubs and teams; the school has no dedicated outdoor space. (Jill Grossman, September 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building with Citizens of the World Charter School and MS 126

Number of Students 383

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
30%

Hispanic

  
60%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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?

69% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

74% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

94% 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?

86% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

2%

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

1%

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

17%

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?

8% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

81% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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?

89% 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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