Citizens of the World Charter School 2 Crown Heights

791 EMPIRE BOULEVARD
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 221-5095
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery
Principal: Martine King
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: K-4
Unzoned
New School
Charter School

What's special:

Lots of small group work

The downside:

Struggles with discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Citizens of the World 2 in Crown Heights is one of two Brooklyn charter schools created by the California-based Citizens of the World network, the other being Citizens of the World 1 in Williamsburg. Both schools opened in fall 2013 with kindergarten and 1st grade, touting a model of project-based learning combined with rigorous academics.

Founding principal Martine King says she looks forward to building a progressive learning environment where parents work with teachers. A former teacher at the New York City LAB School, King served as director of education at The After-School Corporation (TASC) before coming to CWC.

CWC 2 shares a building with PS 221, but the two schools work together to ensure each has time to use the gym, cafeteria and auditorium separately, says Director of Operations Erin Corbett. Specials include art, music and dance and are offered four times per week. In music, students learn to play the piano.

Children work primarily in small groups. During a kindergarten math class, we saw a student very clearly explain to her group how she solved a word problem using math manipulatives.

The children also read to each other in pairs every day. On our visit, students in 1st grade talked naturally to each other about what they had read while four adults were in the classroom working with individual pairs. In another classroom students were using Post-it notes to write questions about what they were reading.

All classrooms have two teachers and often other supporting adults. One parent, Theodel Bedeau, who has been trained as a “learning leader” told us she likes the school because, “they take time out to help the child, they have a lot of patience, and an enrichment program.”

The school has an unusually high suspension rate: As of March 2014, the school had suspended 15 kindergartners and three first graders. King says the school has had some trouble clearly communicating its discipline policy to parents, who expect a tough approach. Teachers prefer to use a social and emotional learning curriculum that teaches student “mindfulness,” says King. They learn mindful breathing, walking, and eating. Despite the high suspension rate, King says she wants to ensure that the learning environment remains student-centered and less reliant on strict discipline like many of the other charters in the neighborhood. 

The school hired a director of student and family affairs to work with parents and students on discipline and culture.

The Neighborhood Improvement Association hosts the after school program, where students can participate in enrichment classes like yoga and drama, or get homework help.

Special Education: Students with special learning needs are paired with a paraprofessional and receive small group instruction everyday.

Admissions: Lottery with preference to siblings and District 17 residents. (Sabrina Alli, March 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 221

Number of Students 285

Average Daily Attendance NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
90%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
11%

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?

63% 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?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 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

27% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 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?

79% 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?

86% 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?

61% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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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