Success Academy Prospect Heights Charter School

Grades K-4

Location

801 Park Place
Brooklyn NY 11216
Crown Heights (District 17)

Contact

Phone
646-790-2121
Principal
Sydney Chernoff

What’s Special

Sky high test scores

The Downside

Children as young as kindergarten may be suspended.

Our Review

Success Academy Prospect Heights, part of the Success Academy charter school network, opened in 2013 in a building shared with PS 138.

All schools in the network feature orange and blue uniforms, a fast-paced curriculum, and strict rules of conduct. The network, founded by former city councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, strives to offer children a rich curriculum that includes daily science experiments, exposure to the arts and frequent class trips. Like most charter schools, teachers are not unionized; they serve at will and may be fired by the principal. While the schools in the network have sky high test scores and many enthusiastic parents, some complain of excessive discipline and high suspension rates.

Success Prospect Heights was the subject of a PBS News Hour report for its practice of suspending children as young as kindergarten. The school also made the news when a child with disabilities was suspended for 45 days after he was accused of throwing a stool at a staff member. 

The schools in the Success network have a longer school day and year than traditional public schools.

Admissions: Students are admitted by a lottery held in April with priority given to students residing within District 17. For admissions questions, email [email protected] (Clara Hemphill, web reports, June 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
388
Asian
1.8%
Black
89.4%
Hispanic
5.9%
White
1.6%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
70%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 138
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
81%
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?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
23%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
94%
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?
98%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
85%
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?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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