Democracy Prep Endurance Charter School

Phone: (212) 316-7602
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 5 priority
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

The InsideStats


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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