Teachers College Community School
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Teachers College Community School
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 266
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
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 classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 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
How many students are chronically absent?13% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th 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?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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?