Riverton Street Charter School
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Riverton Street Charter School
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 833
Average Daily Attendance 97%
Safety & vibe
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?70% 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?61% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?81% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?3% 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?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:7% 5% 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:23% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 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?