Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance

An Insideschools pick
890 BROADWAY
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 254-1803
Website: Click here
Admissions: audition, citywide
Principal: ROY ONEILL
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 4-8
Parent Coordinator: ELSIE APONTE
Unzoned
Citywide

What's special:

Specialized ballet classes

The downside:

No sports or types of dance other than ballet

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Ballet Tech is a tiny school created in 1978 to train dancers, many of whom have gone on to perform professionally with Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Though the school draws students from all five boroughs it strives to create a sense of community among students and parents, one centered around ballet. The school offers both academic classes and ballet for children in grades 4 through 8.

Many students travel a long distance to get to school—one student who lives in Far Rockaway said he gets up at 4 a.m. Parents and the Ballet Tech Foundation, which supports the ballet curriculum, arranged for van transportation to and from school for those who need it.

Students begin their dance curriculum with two classes per week in 4th grade, progressively adding ballet, technique and pointe classes until they take up to nine dance classes in 8th grade. Although there is no gym, kids participate in Fitnessgram and teachers are encouraged to take classes to the park when the weather is nice. Still, the number one complaint is the lack of diversity in their physical activity. “We want hip hop!” exclaimed a group of 5th grade boys.

Students were well-behaved and the academic classes seemed solid on our visit. Classes were interactive with math games and group discussions. Most students perform well on standardized tests. The school serves a wide range of abilities, but because classes are small kids seem to get the attention they need.

Many students are accepted to specialized high schools as well as performing arts schools like LaGuardia and PPAS and ultimately pursue careers in dance.

Academic Teachers say that kids seem even more focused after their ballet classes. The parent coordinator, Jane Cascone, credits the close-knit feel created within the school. “We are their home away from home. There’s nobody who can slide through the cracks here.”

Middle school students get lockers. At lunch, kids play chess, color and catch up on homework while socializing with friends. Afterschool students get tutoring and can participate in activities run by the program Roads to Success, including knitting, drama and art.

Special education: The school has very few special education students.

Admissions: Open auditions for 3rd-5th graders through a 12-week process. Around 10 percent of applicants are accepted. Students must audition again in 5th grade to continue in the school’s middle school. (Aryn Bloodworth, December 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 149

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
40%

Black

  
27%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
13%

Free Lunch

  
62%

Special ed

  
2%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How 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 AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

18 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

23 26 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

80% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

80% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 school year?

65% 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?

72% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

98% 93% 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 2014 math exam:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

98% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 87% 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?

50% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How 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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