Icahn Charter School 4

1500 PELHAM PARKWAY SOUTH
BRONX NY 10461 Map
Phone: (718) 828-0034
Admissions: Lottery
Principal: Michelle Allen
Neighborhood: Soundview / Hunts Point
District: 11
Grade range: K-7
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

A good track record

The downside:

Long school day may not be for everyone

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Opened in 2009, Icahn Charter School 4 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 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 the 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 artsy, 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.

Students significantly outperform neighborhood schools on state tests, and parents and teachers report a high level of satisfaction on the Learning Environment Survey in all areas. Parents receive a progress report six times a year and are held accountable for attendance and homework. They are called by 9 a.m. if children are absent and must send a note explaining the absence when the child returns.

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. Priority is given to District 11 residents. (Lydie Raschka, May 2013).

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Icahn Charter Schools 3 and 5

Number of Students 252

Average Daily Attendance NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
63%

Hispanic

  
33%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
9%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

5% 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?

100% 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?

100% 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?

100% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 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?

80% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 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?

82% 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?

95% 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?

100% 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?

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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