Ella Baker School

Grades Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick
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Location

317 East 67 Street
Manhattan NY 10065
Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: F, Q to Lexington Ave-63 St; 6 to 68th St - Hunter College; 4, 5, N, R, W to Lexington Ave-59 St
Buses: BxM1, BxM4, BxM9, M101, M102, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M31, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60

Contact

Phone
212-717-8809
Principal
Laura Garcia
Parent Coordinator
Valerie Kirk Kamali

What’s Special

A joyful, informal school open to children from across the city

The Downside

Test scores could be higher

Our Review

Founded on the model of Central Park East in East Harlem, Ella Baker is a happy, informal place where children call grown-ups by their first names and there's plenty of time to build with blocks, dance, or explore the neighborhood on class trips. Two grades of kids are taught together (PK-K), (12), (34), and (56) so students have the same teacher for two years. Children are encouraged to explore their own interests and work at their own pace.

Although the school is located in District 2, it is open to children citywide. Tours are offered from October through February. It is one of the few schools in the neighborhood that offers pre-kindergarten classes.

Both the student body and the faculty are ethnically diverse, and there are an unusual number of men. The staff, led by Principal Laura Garcia, is stable and experienced. We heard no raised voices on our tour, and kids seemed reassured by clear classroom routines.

As other public schools have increasingly focused on preparing children for standardized tests, Ella Baker has maintained its commitment to learning through play and discovery. The school has no textbooks, only fun-to-read picture books and novels, science discovery books, and historical fiction. There are weekly trips to museums, parks and ice-skating rinks.

The school is part of the Julia Richman Educational Complex, a large building that houses several alternative high schools. Ella Baker shares the complex's two gyms, pool, auditoriums, ballet studio, library and Mount Sinai health facility.

The homework load is light and the tiny middle school does not offer Regents-level math or sciencea plus or minus depending on your point of view. The school won high marks on the Department of Education's Quality Review, with a rating of "well developed" in every category.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Students with special needs are fully integrated into all classes.

ADMISSIONS: There are tours beginning in October for the elementary school. The school encourages a tour prior to applying to see if it's a good fit. There are no tours for middle school because so few spots open up. Applications are due in March.Priority goes to parents who travel to the area for work or school. Children from all five boroughs may attend. (Clara Hemphill, 2012 visit; updated with DOE data, August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
311
Pre-K seats
38
Asian
5.8%
Black
16.7%
Hispanic
37.6%
White
32.8%
Other
7.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
35%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Julia Richman Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
117%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.9
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
73%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
48%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
82%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
74%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
95%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
44%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
54%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
81%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
100%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Academy for Careers in Television and Film, Urban Academy Laboratory HS, and Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for SETSS students
2.19
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.36
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
63%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
88% Citywide Average
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