Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School

Grades K-5

Location

284 Baltic Street, Basement
Brooklyn NY 11201
Carroll Gardens (District 15)

Contact

Phone
718-704-1460
Principal
Brittany Davis-Roberti, Malik Russell

What’s Special

Rich arts and science, plans for a school greenhouse

The Downside

Strict discipline at Success Academy schools not for everyone

Our Review

Located in the basement of a building shared with two high schools -- the School for International Studies and the Brooklyn School for Global Studies -- Success Academy Cobble Hill opened in fall 2012 with kindergartners and first graders. It plans to add a grade each year until it serves chidren in kindergarten through 8th grader.

Like other schools in the Success Academy charter school network, students at the Cobble Hill branch are called scholars and must wear the school's orange, blue and white uniform. The Success Academy network schools are known to be strict--no excuses for misbehaving children or their parents, whose involvement is mandatory. Classroom instruction is highly-structured and fast-paced. Teachers are trained in Success's teaching methods, designed to standardize grade-wide instructions.

Success Academy spokesperson Jenny Sedlis said that Cobble Hill students will have art class four days a week and rich science instruction that includes horticulture in the school's greenhouse and a collaborative recycling program with the other schools. Kerri Tabarcea, the school's founding leader, is a former middle school art teacher who also has experience working with developmentally disabled adults.

The Cobble Hill school is one of the charter school network's first attempts to branch out into a middle class neighborhood in Brooklyn.The schoolmade headlinesin early 2012, when some district 15 community members took Success Academy to court in a failed attempt to block the school's opening.

Admissions: Lottery, preference to District 15 students. (Anna Schneider, September 2012, via DOE and web reports and the Success Academy website and staff)

About the students

Enrollment
469
Pre-K seats
13
Asian
6.4%
Black
33.5%
Hispanic
31.3%
White
26.0%
Other
2.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
38%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and the School for International Studies
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
82%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
34%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
75%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
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?
94%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
93%
39% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for self-contained students
3.74
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
3.28
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
3.29
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
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