Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance
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Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance
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 am. 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.
Academic teachers say that kids seem even more focused after their ballet classes. The [former] 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)
At a glance
Number of Students 152
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
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% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA 22 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?7% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th 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?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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 15% 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?