It Takes a Village Academy

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

High graduation rate, award-winning robotics team.

The Downside

Students must pass through metal detectors.

Our Review

It Takes A Village Academy, a small school in the Tilden Educational Campus, is successful helping new immigrants graduate on timeeven if they had limited schooling in their home country. Nearly 40 percent of the student body is still learning English, and most enter 9th high school reading below grade level. Nonetheless, more than 90 percent graduate in four years, well above the citywide average.

Every teacher knows every student, and the interactions in the hallways are friendly and informal. Students say their teachers inspire them to learn. The teachers respect Principal Marina Vinitskaya, and say that she is very diligent, organized, consistent, and supportive. Teachers feel that they have a real stake in the school and that the administration values their opinions and input.

The principal is passionate about curriculum planning. She has figured out a way to help students earn more credits each year than at a typical high school by extending the school day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and by adding several one-credit classes, such as a literacy course called, "The History of Math." We saw a color-coded word wall in a math class--rare in a high school but organized in a way that would be very helpful to students learning. English Many of them speak Haitian or French at home; others speak Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, and Arabic.

Students are encouraged to participate in campus-wide Tilden athletics and the Robotics Program at Brooklyn College. The robotics team has won competitions, beating out selective public and private schools.

Although teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school and most students say they feel safe in class, more than one-third say they dont feel safe in the neighborhood outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. The building, once run down and gloomy, has been fixed up, with a renovated playing field, well-kept gyms and a refurbished auditorium.

Special education: Students may get extra help called Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). Counseling is also available.

Admissions: Priority to students who attend an information session. (Lindsey Whitton Christ, October 2008, updated with statistics and photos 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
733
Asian
1.4%
Black
86.8%
Hispanic
7.0%
White
1.6%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
18%
Male
59%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
70%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
61%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
69%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
87%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
7%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
22%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
69%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
91%
63% Citywide Average
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?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
82%
65% 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?
53%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
59%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

It Takes A Village Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Engineering Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Provides students with computer literacy, engineering design, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming languages and the ability to solve programs through programming; four-year program includes literacy, maintenance ,and repair.

Science Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

This program prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science, and math.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

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