Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance

Grades 4-8
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Location

890 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10003
Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 1, 2, 3, F, M to 14th St - 6th Ave ; 4, 5, L, Q to 14th St-Union Square ; 6, N, R to 23rd St
Buses: BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM11, BxM6, BxM7, BxM9, QM21, X1, X10, X14, X17, X2, X28, X38, X42, X5, X64, X7, X9

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What’s Special

Specialized ballet classes

The Downside

No sports or types of dance other than ballet

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 schoolone 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.

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 [former] parent coordinator, Jane Cascone, credits the close-knit feel created within the school. We are their home away from home. Theres 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 schools middle school. (Aryn Bloodworth, December 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
150
Asian
30.0%
Black
29.3%
Hispanic
17.3%
White
18.7%
Other
4.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
3%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
102%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
4%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
79%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.8
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
67%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
87%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
98%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
91%
84% 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?
87%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
75%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
74%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
65%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
87%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
100%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Professional Performing Arts HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
18% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
76%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
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