Teachers College Community School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
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What’s Special

Multiracial student body

The Downside

Some inexperienced staff

Our Review

Teachers College Community School, opened in 2011, has attracted a multiracial group of parents hungry for an alternative to West Harlem's mostly low-performing schools. The school has an engaged parent body that includes both professional and working-class families. Whatever the school's strugglesand there are manythese parents are committed to making the school successful.

Founded as a partnership between Teachers College at Columbia University and the city DOE, Teachers College Community School (TCCS) is finding its way after a tough spell that included the death of the founding principal, a testing scandal, significant teacher turnover, and several dozen parents' withdrawing their children. While some parents are confident the school is moving in the right direction, others complain that neither Teachers College nor the DOE district office has offered adequate support during a difficult time.

The school has a few seasoned, master teachersand some who are still learning their craft. On our visit we saw some classes with lively projects and engaged kids. But others had drill-and-kill lessons we associate with the most rigid charter schools.

Nancy Streim, Teachers College associate vice president for community partnerships, said in a telephone interview that the university is "100% committed" to providing support to TCCS, including staff developers and graduate students who run the school's music, art, and science programs. She said staff developers are "working with the newer teachers," including some who previously taught at charter schools, to train them in the Teachers College methods.

Michelle Verdiner, named principal in fall 2015, has her work cut out for her, but if she manages to restore the trust of parents battered by the turmoil of the past years, this could be a school to watch.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. On our visit, we observed many children had one-on-one attention from teachers and aides.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery; preference to siblings and students from districts 5 and 6. (Clara Hemphill and Mahalia Watson, January 2016; updated August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
273
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
4.0%
Black
39.2%
Hispanic
34.8%
White
15.8%
Other
6.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
44%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
137%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
12%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
93%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
59%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
69%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
91%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
82%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
83%
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?
25%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
31%
39% Citywide Average
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 ELA score for SETSS students
1.93
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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