Democracy Prep Endurance Charter School

Grades 6-10
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Location

250 West 127 Street
Manhattan NY 10027
Harlem (District 5)

Contact

Phone
212-316-7602
Principal
Margaret Marrer

What’s Special

A structured but sweet learning environment

The Downside

Strict rules are not for everyone

Our Review

Named for the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackletons ship, the Endurance, Democracy Prep Endurance opened in the fall of 2012 with its first class of sixth grade students in a building it shares with PS 154. The school plans to add a grade each year until it includes grades six through eight. Like the other schools in the Democracy Prep network, this new school provides students with a structured learning environment and holds them to a strict code of conduct.

Students take three hours of English, two hours of math, and one hour of social studies and science each day. Teachers and staff hold students to high standards. The code of conduct revolves around Democracy Preps DREAM Values (Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Maturity). Students earn or lose DREAM Dollars based on their behavior and academic performance. They use their DREAM Dollars to participate in various activities and field trips.

Led by Principal Margaret Marrer, a former Democracy Prep math teacher and Teach for America alumna, Democracy Prep Endurance is enthusiastically expanding the Democracy Prep model in Harlem. According to External Affairs Associate Amara Sillah, Democracy Prep Endurance balances the strict no excuses model with lots of support for its students. In addition to the use of DREAM Dollars, students are also rewarded by being allowed to hold one of the schools many stuffed animals at their desks.

Extracurricular activities include choir and step team.

Admissions: By lottery. Preference is given to children in District 5. Check the school's website for more information. (Pauline Zaldonis, Internet research, December 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
563
Asian
0.4%
Black
67.9%
Hispanic
28.8%
White
1.1%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 154
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
123%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
12%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
50%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
83% 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?
47%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
41%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
73%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
19%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
77%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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
2.11
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.47
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.92
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.41
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.8
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.75
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
87% Citywide Average
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