# Icahn Charter School 4

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## 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).*

## InsideStats

## At a glance

Number of Students 252

Average Daily Attendance NA

### Students at this school

## Safety & vibe

### ARE KIDS

NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

5% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow 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 AVERAGENumber of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGENumber 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 AVERAGEHow 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?

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

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

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

### How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

NA 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Parents

### Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

80% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 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 2013-2014 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?

As of 2013-2014, this school self-contained classes.

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGEAs of 2013-2014, this school team teaching (ict).

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGEAs of 2013-2014, this school SETSS.

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow 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?

### How well does this school serve English language learners?

As of 2013-2014, this school transitional bilingual education

As of 2013-2014, this school dual language classes

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow 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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