Democracy Prep Endurance Charter School

250 WEST 127 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Phone: (212) 316-7602
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 5 priority
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Principal: Margaret Marrer
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 5
Grade range: 06 and 07

What's special:

A structured but sweet learning environment

The downside:

Strict rules are not for everyone

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Named for the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, Democracy Prep Endurance opened in the fall of 2012 with its first class of sixth grade students in a building it shares with PS 154. The school plans to add a grade each year until it includes grades six through eight. Like the other schools in the Democracy Prep network, this new school provides students with a structured learning environment and holds them to a strict code of conduct.

Students take three hours of English, two hours of math, and one hour of social studies and science each day. Teachers and staff hold students to high standards. The code of conduct revolves around Democracy Prep’s DREAM Values (Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Maturity). Students earn or lose “DREAM Dollars” based on their behavior and academic performance. They use their DREAM Dollars to participate in various activities and field trips.

Led by Principal Margaret Marrer, a former Democracy Prep math teacher and Teach for America alumna, Democracy Prep Endurance is enthusiastically expanding the Democracy Prep model in Harlem. According to External Affairs Associate Amara Sillah, Democracy Prep Endurance balances the strict “no excuses” model with lots of support for its students. In addition to the use of DREAM Dollars, students are also rewarded by being allowed to hold one of the school’s many stuffed animals at their desks.

Extracurricular activities include choir and step team.

Admissions: By lottery. Preference is given to children in District 5. Check the school's website for more information. (Pauline Zaldonis, Internet research, December 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the PS 154 building

Number of Students 222

Average Daily Attendance NA

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
64%

Hispanic

  
34%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
61%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.68 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

91% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

94% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

39% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

93% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% 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

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

32% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

9% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

NA 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA 84% 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 2013 math exam:

11% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

13% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

20% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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