Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Uncommon Charter School
Brooklyn NY 11212
Strong leadership, high test scores
Some concerns about safety in the neighborhood
Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools charter network, was founded in 2010 and spans kindergarten through 8th grade. The school has strong leadership and a safe, respectful environment with little indication of bullying on school surveys. Test scores are better than the citywide average and far above other schools in the Brownsville neighborhood.
Principal Nikeya Bridges, who received a Masters of Education from Harvard, was a curriculum specialist at Teach For America and an elementary school teacher at Bronx Charter School for the Arts. Prior to that, she taught fourth grade in New Orleans.
The intense, academically demanding school has an extended school year and a school day that begins at 7:15 am and lasts until 4 pm (12:30 pm on Fridays). Students who are struggling academically stay even later for tutoring and may come in on Saturdays. The Uncommon charter website says students have “significant amounts of homework every night.”
Enrichment and athletics include drama, arts, dance, basketball and step.
The school is safe and orderly, with strict rules of conduct. 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.
Although surveys show children feel safe inside the building, roughly one third of the teachers are concerned about safety outside the building on surveys.
Graduates of Leadership Prep Ocean Hill may attend an Uncommon high school.
ADMISSIONS: Lottery, with priority to students who live in District 23. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2017)