Citizens of the World Charter School 2 Crown Heights

Grades K-4
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Location

791 Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11213
Crown Heights (District 17)

Contact

Phone
718-221-5095
Principal
Andrea Dozier

What’s Special

Lots of small group work

The Downside

Struggles with discipline

Our Review

Citizens of the World 2 in Crown Heights is one of two Brooklyn charter schools created by the California-based Citizens of the World network, the other being Citizens of the World 1 in Williamsburg. Both schools opened in fall 2013 with kindergarten and 1st grade, touting a model of project-based learning combined with rigorous academics.

Founding principal Martine King says she looks forward to building a progressive learning environment where parents work with teachers. A former teacher at the New York City LAB School, King served as director of education at The After-School Corporation (TASC) before coming to CWC. [In 2016 Andrea Dozier became principal.]

CWC 2 shares a building with PS 221, but the two schools work together to ensure each has time to use the gym, cafeteria and auditorium separately, says Director of Operations Erin Corbett. Specials include art, music and dance and are offered four times per week. In music, students learn to play the piano.

Children work primarily in small groups. During a kindergarten math class, we saw a student very clearly explain to her group how she solved a word problem using math manipulatives.

The children also read to each other in pairs every day. On our visit, students in 1st grade talked naturally to each other about what they had read while four adults were in the classroom working with individual pairs. In another classroom students were using Post-it notes to write questions about what they were reading.

All classrooms have two teachers and often other supporting adults. One parent, Theodel Bedeau, who has been trained as a learning leader told us she likes the school because, they take time out to help the child, they have a lot of patience, and an enrichment program.

The school has an unusually high suspension rate: As of March 2014, the school had suspended 15 kindergartners and three first graders. King says the school hashad some trouble clearly communicating its discipline policy to parents, who expect a tough approach. Teachers prefer to use a social and emotional learning curriculum that teaches student mindfulness, says King. They learn mindful breathing, walking, and eating. Despite the high suspension rate, King says she wants to ensure that the learning environment remains student-centered and less reliant on strict discipline like many of the other charters in the neighborhood.

The school hired a director of student and family affairs to work with parents and students on discipline and culture.

The Neighborhood Improvement Association hosts the after school program, where students can participate in enrichment classes like yoga and drama, or get homework help.

Special Education: Students with special learning needs are paired with a paraprofessional and receive small group instruction everyday.

Admissions: Lottery with preference to siblings and District 17 residents. (Sabrina Alli, March 2014; principal update 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
338
Asian
0.0%
Black
89.4%
Hispanic
7.4%
White
0.3%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 221
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
88%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
67%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
88%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
79%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
87% 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?
28%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
39% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
61%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
72%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
78%
89% Citywide Average
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