Northside Charter High School

Grades 9-12

Location

424 Leonard Street
Brooklyn NY 11222
Greenpoint (District 14)

Contact

Phone
347-390-1273
Principal
Suzanne Curran

What’s Special

Latin instruction, uniforms, long school day

The Downside

Strict discipline

Our Review

Northside Charter School, opened in 2009 on the top floor of MS 126, is a traditional school with a long school day. Classes run from 7:55 am to 4:10 pm every day except Wednesday, when classes run until 1:08 pm, leaving those afternoons for teacher professional development. All students take Latin and wear a uniform of black pants or skirts, white shirts and gray ties. Students who are out of uniform may be kept after school for detention.

The discipline code is strictly enforced: On our visit a few weeks into the school year, three students had been suspended, mostly for skipping detention, and one was expelled for consistently skipping classes, administrators say. That said, students are also rewarded with merits for good behavior, which hang in the school hallway. Students say teachers are helpful and caring. Every student is assigned an advisor to track academic and nonacademic performance.

Students must take four years of English, four years of history, four years of math, three years of science, and one year of Latin. Latin is the only foreign language offered. Eddie Calderon-Melendez, founder of Williamsburg Charter School and the two other schools in the Believe Schools Network, says he hopes these classes will help students with the SAT and with grammar. Everything you read will have reference to something Greek or Roman or Latin, he says. [UPDATE: Northside Charter High School is no longer affiliated with the Believe Schools Network].

School administrators make surprise uniform checks several times a week, and anyone not dressed properly will spend at least 15 minutes in detention after school, and may get a call home. The school has a zero tolerance policy, says operations director Racquel Brown.

The school had turnover in its leadership after its first year. When we visited early in the fall of the schools second year, the new directors one for instruction and one for operations were still settling in.

Special education: About 15 percent of the students receive special education services. A teacher of English as a Second Language works with students in small groups and also helps classroom teachers adapt their lessons for ESL students.

Northside Charter shares a building with Citizens of the World Charter School 1and with MS 126. All three schools share a gym, cafeteria, auditorium and library in the building, constructed in 1966. Students use McCarren Park across the street for after school sports clubs and teams; the school has no dedicated outdoor space. (Jill Grossman, September 2010; updated Ella Colley, December 2014 and October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
400
Asian
2.0%
Black
20.8%
Hispanic
68.8%
White
6.0%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
8%
Male
48%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares its building with Citizens of the World Charter School and MS 126
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
80%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
14%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
83%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
59%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
88%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
79%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
85%
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?
82%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
14%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
14%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
84%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
50%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% 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
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
73%
60% Citywide Average
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