Exceed Charter School

Grades K-8
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Location

443 St Marks Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11238
Crown Heights (District 17)
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Contact

Phone
718-989-6702
Principal
Curtis Palmore
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

Dedicated and caring staff

The Downside

Low test scores and a lack of space for middle school students

Our Review

Located in a changing area between Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, Exceed Charter School is a new school with a commitment to serving low-income students who may not have other options. It opened in 2012 in Brooklyn with grades k-3 as one of four charter schools in theExplore Schoolsnetwork and plans to add a grade each year until it reaches k-8. The schools dedicated and caring staff are tweaking a traditional curriculum and style to create a welcoming and academically successful school. We want our students to love coming to school every day, Principal and Founder Curtis Palmore told us.

During a recent visit, it was evident that the school is working hard to create a dynamic learning community. Every morning, the entire school turns its attention to a guided reading period: Its all hands on deck, said Palmore, as the school works to build strong readers and to instill a love of reading. During our visit, thehallways, classrooms and even offices were buzzing with students using any available space to read independently, all clearly engaged in their books. In other nooks, four or five students clustered around a teacher who worked with them on a guided reading text.

In a sense, Exceed is still finding its way. When it opened in 2012, the school inherited a number of students from the failing PS 22, which had occupied the building and closed after several years on the DOEs list of unsafe schools. At the beginning, the school faced a tremendous challenge with some of its student body, and the school was run with a very strict management style to bring order to the classrooms and show the community that this is a different place. Now, Exceed is moving from a model of management to engagement, said Palmore, and is instituting a style of discipline that strives to keep children in the classroom. Kids who disrupt the class are still removed from the room; we saw a child reading alone at his desk in the hall, but Palmore said the goal is to return students to the classroom as quickly as possible and to restore the relationship. Exceed is focusing on building strong relationships between the students and teachers and between the school and families, and has a school culture team to help with this.

Exceed shares a building with PS 705, a progressive elementary school with a diverse student body that reflects the neighborhoods changing demographics. Exceed is largely minority and low-income. The school, unlike some charter schools, does not shy away from special ed students or ELLs (English language learners). Fifteen percent of its spots are set aside for ELL students. The small school has two self-contained special education classes, and most grades have an ICT (integrated co-teaching) class where one of the two teachers is certified to teach special ed.

The schools founding goal is to prepare each student for admission to and success in a college preparatory high school, but it has struggled with standardized tests. The low scores in 2014-15 prompted the administration to increase professional development and to further hone its monitoring of individual student progress and needs. The students are formally assessed in reading five times a year, for instance, and the school provides additional intervention to students who are struggling. Students in 3rd through 5th grade use the project-based Expeditionary Learning curriculum for reading and language arts, while younger elementary students use Core Knowledge, designed to expose students to a wide range of historical, scientific and cultural topics. For math, the school combines an in-house curriculum focusing on fluency in math facts and the TERC curriculum, which emphasizes problem-solving.

The current building lacks space for Exceeds middle school students, who will share space at nearby PS 375.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school welcomes students with special needs, offering both self-contained classes and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that combine special needs and general ed students with two teachers.

ADMISSIONS:By lottery with priority to students with siblings at the school, District 17 residents and English language learners. (Elizabeth Daniel, December 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
493
Asian
3.0%
Black
78.9%
Hispanic
16.0%
White
0.2%
Other
1.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares its building with PS 705
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
197%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
64%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
69%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
73%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
28%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
83%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
67%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
82%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
76%
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?
20%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
18%
40% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
41%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
51%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

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 ICT students
1.91
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.18
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.11
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.99
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
41%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
87% Citywide Average
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