Community Partnership Charter Lower School

Grades Pre-K, K-4

Location

241 Emerson Place
Brooklyn NY 11205
Clinton Hill (District 13)

Contact

Phone
718-399-3824
Principal
Melanie Bryon/Keisha Rattray

What’s Special

Class trips and potluck suppers

The Downside

School doesnt have its own building

Our Review

At the Community Partnership Charter School, parents are invited to weekly read alouds and regular potluck suppers. Children go on frequent class trips to places like the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Central Park Zoo, and the Queens Hall of Science. Students may study the environment on an overnight trip to Camp Ramapo upstate or learn about China by eating at a restaurant in Chinatown.

The Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS) was founded in 2000 by parents and the Beginning with Children Foundation, which also runs the Beginning with Children School in Brooklyn. Grades pre-kindergarten-4 are housed in a building shared with PS 270. Grades 5-8 share space with PS 256 at 114 Kosciusko Street, Brooklyn, 11216. (The middle school phone number is 718-636-3904.) The school philosophy seems to fall somewhere inbetween the stricter "no-nonsense" charters such as Achievement First and the more progressive ones, such as nearby Community Roots. It was the first charter school in the district to begin to offer pre-k classes, in the 2015-2016 school year.

Class size is capped at 25, with two teachers in every class. Children in grades K-4 have classes from 8 am to 4 pm; children in grades 5-8 have classes from 8 to 4:30 pm. There is free after school until 6 pm. A founding teacher, Melanie Byron, became the director in 2005. The middle school principal is Keisha Rattray. The ethnically diverse faculty is young and enthusiastic, and a few staffers, like the director and the dean of students, have been with the school since its inception. [Photo from school website.]

Kids have science class several times a week in a dedicated science room and engage in such fun activities as making "slime." There is also a music room and an art room.

The middle school graduated its first class of 26 8th graders in 2013. Nearly half were admitted to Bedford Academy; three were admitted to the specialized high schools.

Special education: The school offers team-teaching classes for children with special needs. The director has a background in special education.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 13 residents. (Clara Hemphill, telephone interviews, May 2013; upated pre-k information January, 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
418
Pre-K seats
17
Asian
1.0%
Black
75.8%
Hispanic
20.1%
White
1.0%
Other
2.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 270
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
83%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
42%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe outside around this school?
64%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
21%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
48%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
54%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
45%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
38%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
60%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
55%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
68%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
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?
100%
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?
26%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
39% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
57%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
48%
69% 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 ICT students
1.89
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.88
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.03
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.91
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.16
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
36%
64% Citywide Average
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?
74%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
61%
89% Citywide Average
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