Imagine Me Leadership Charter School

Grades K-5

Our Review

Imagine Me Leadership is an all-boys charter school that opened in September 2010 in East New York. The school enrolled 120 students in kindergarten and first grade for its inaugural year and will expand by one grade per year until it serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The school is the brainchild of Pastor David K. Brawley of the St.Paul Community Baptist Church, who founded the school on the belief that boys perform best in an environment "they perceive as safe physically, socially and emotionally, "according the school's brochure. Imagine Mes founding principal, Rashid Johnson, worked as teacher and administrator in Washington D.C. schools, most recently with Hyde Leadership Charter School, according to Imagine Mes executive director, Delores Skinner who spoke with Insideschools.

Instruction will follow the Core Knowledge curriculum, which is based on the work of E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. In addition to studying English, math, science and social studies, students will take classes in art, music, and gym.

The school is housed temporarily in spaced leased from the St. Paul Church until a permanent site is found in the neighborhood. "We plan to stay in East New York," said Skinner. The school day runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. After school activities, including homework help, sports, music, art African dance and karate run from 4 to 6 p.m.

To foster parent involvement the school offers classes in parenting and computer skills. A social worker also provides support to struggling families.

Admissions: By lottery. Priority to students in District 19. Check the school's website for more information. (Laura Zingmond, telephone interview, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
230
Asian
0.0%
Black
83.5%
Hispanic
13.9%
White
0.9%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
58%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
86% 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?
66%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
63%
42% 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 self-contained students
2.56
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.28
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
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?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

818 Schenck Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
East New York (District 19)
Trains: 3 to Van Siclen Ave
Buses: B20, B83

Contact

Phone
347-985-2140
Principal
Katherine Corbett