Teachers College Community School

168 MORNINGSIDE AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Phone: (212) 316-8080
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery; priority districts 5, 6
Principal: Michelle Verdiner
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 5
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: LEONA GUERRIDO
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
New School
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Multiracial student body

The downside:

Some inexperienced staff

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Teachers College Community School, opened in 2011, has attracted a multiracial group of parents hungry for an alternative to West Harlem's mostly low-performing schools. The school has an engaged parent body that includes both professional and working-class families. Whatever the school's struggles—and there are many—these parents are committed to making the school successful.

Founded as a partnership between Teachers College at Columbia University and the city DOE, Teachers College Community School (TCCS) is finding its way after a tough spell that included the death of the founding principal, a testing scandal, significant teacher turnover, and several dozen parents' withdrawing their children. While some parents are confident the school is moving in the right direction, others complain that neither Teachers College nor the DOE district office has offered adequate support during a difficult time.

The school has a few seasoned, master teachers—and some who are still learning their craft. On our visit we saw some classes with lively projects and engaged kids. But others had drill-and-kill lessons we associate with the most rigid charter schools.

Nancy Streim, Teachers College associate vice president for community partnerships, said in a telephone interview that the university is "100% committed" to providing support to TCCS, including staff developers and graduate students who run the school's music, art, and science programs. She said staff developers are "working with the newer teachers," including some who previously taught at charter schools, to train them in the Teachers College methods.

Michelle Verdiner, named principal in fall 2015, has her work cut out for her, but if she manages to restore the trust of parents battered by the turmoil of the past years, this could be a school to watch.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. On our visit, we observed many children had one-on-one attention from teachers and aides.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery; preference to siblings and students from districts 5 and 6. (Clara Hemphill and Mahalia Watson, January 2016; updated August 2016)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 266

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
28%

White

  
20%

Free Lunch

  
46%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

13% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

25% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

31% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

69% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 17% 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 93% 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?

78% 86% 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 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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