Riverton Street Charter School

118-34 RIVERTON STREET
QUEENS NY 11412 Map
Phone: (718) 481-8200
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/Priority District 29
Principal: Verone Kennedy
Neighborhood: St. Albans
District: 29
Grade range: K-7
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

Parents give school top marks

The downside:

New school doesn't have a long track record

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Riverton Street Charter School opened in September 2010 with 196 students in kindergarten through third grade. The school will expand by one grade per year until it reaches it target capacity serving students in grades kindergarten through 8.

As a member of National Heritage Academies (NHA), a network of charter schools, Riverton Street follows the NHA educational model that incorporates a moral focus into all areas of instruction and tracks student progress using scoring scales. Students skills are assessed scores of 1 to 4 the lowest score of 1 representing below standards performance and the highest, 4, representing a performance level "beyond what is taught," according to the NHA website.

Founding principal Verone Kennedy has 20 years of experience working as a teacher and administrator, according to the school’s website.  Prior to taking the helm at Riverton Street, Kennedy served as a network leader for the Department of Education, overseeing a cluster of 22 middle schools.

The school gets top marks on the city's progress report card and on the Learning Environment Survey where parents and teachers rate their satisfaction in four areas: communication, engagement, academics and safety. Math and reading scores are high compared to similar schools according to data provided by the New York City Charter School Center. Students perform almost 20 percentage points higher in math than in English Language Arts on state exams. 

In addition to core academics - English, math, science and social studies - students have instruction once a week each for art, music, and physical education. [Photo at right showing Field Day is from the Riverton Facebook page]

The school day starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The school year follows the Department of Education calendar, which provides for 180 days of instruction. There is no after school program

Admissions:  By lottery. Priority to students in District 29. Check the school's website for more information. (Information compiled from the school's website and DOE statistics, October 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 635

Average Daily Attendance NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
92%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
35%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

3% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

97% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

50% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

35% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

61% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

81% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

92% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 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 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

88% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

96% 88% 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 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

91% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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