Brownsville Collegiate Uncommon Charter School

Grades 5-8

What’s Special

Longer school day and year

The Downside

Some balk at strict discipline

Our Review

Brownsville Collegiate Uncommon Charter, which serves children in grades 5 to 8, is an intense, academically demanding school with an extended school year and a school day that begins at 7:10 am and lasts until 4 pm. Students who are struggling academically stay even later for tutoring and may come in on Saturdays.

Students who are late must stay for detention; those who skip class or repeatedly violate the dress code may be suspended; a child who misses more than 10 days of school may be held back, according to the family handbook. Some children complain the rules are too strict: Half of the middle school students say discipline is unfair, according to the annual NYC School Surveys.

The school has had several leaders since it opened in 2009 and has struggled to maintain discipline and order under some leaders, according to the surveys. Joel Tracy, a graduate of Brown University, who worked as a teacher and dean at other Uncommon schools, became principal in 2016.

This school, which shares a building with PS 150, is part of the Uncommon charter school network. Graduates go on to Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, a safe school that enjoys strong leadership and does a good job preparing teens for college. A 2017report in Amsterdam News shows that 100 percent of the high schools graduates were accepted into four-year colleges. The impressive acceptance list includes Barnard, Dartmouth, Bates, Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, as well as Wesleyan University, and several State University of New York and City University of New York schools.

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ADMISSIONS: Lottery, with priority to students who live in District 23. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
328
Asian
0.6%
Black
68.9%
Hispanic
22.6%
White
0.9%
Other
7.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 150
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
9%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
35%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
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?
37%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
53%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
57%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
56%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
67%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87%
84% 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
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.93
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.82
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.15
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.14
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
47%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

364 Sackman Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 to Junius St; L to Sutter Ave
Buses: B14, B60

Contact

Phone
718-636-0370
Principal
Anjya Thomas