Brownsville Collegiate Uncommon Charter School
Longer school day and year
Some balk at strict discipline
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)
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Brooklyn NY 11212