Harlem Prep Charter Elementary School

Grades K-5
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Location

240 East 123 Street
Manhattan NY 10035
East Harlem (District 4)

Contact

Phone
212-831-5394
Principal
Steve Cunning

What’s Special

A structured learning environment

The Downside

Could be more of an emphasis on recess and afterschool activities

Our Review

Harlem Prep Charter School joined the Democracy Prep network in August 2011 when Democracy Prep took over for the low-performing Harlem Day Charter School, which was being closed by its authorizing agent, the State University of New York, because of low test scores and failing performance. After Harlem Day was closed, the school reopened with most of the same students, but with a new name, board, and mostly new teachers.

Harlem Prep currently serves students in grades K-6, and next year it will add a seventh grade. The middle school is located at 410 East 100th Street.

According to the Department of Education progress reports for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, a year after the school joined the Democracy Prep network, it improved its grade from a D to an A, drastically improving the students English and math proficiency.

To turn around the schools performance, Democracy Prep instituted various changes characteristic of the network. It lengthened the school day and school year, providing students with more than two hours of English, one hour of math, and one hour of social studies and science every day. According to DNAinfo, after performing student assessments, Democracy Prep decided to require more than half the students to repeat a grade because they lacked the basic skills to advance.

Harlem Prep now employs Democracy Preps strict code of conduct based on the schools DREAM Values (Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Maturity). Students are held to high standards, and good behavior is strictly enforced. Students wear uniforms and pass through the hallways in straight, silent lines. While the culture of discipline and structure appears to be contributing to the schools turnaround, some students and their families worry about a lack of recess and afterschool activities, according to DNAinfo.

Harlem Prep prepares students to continue onto middle schools in the Democracy Prep network.

Admission: By lottery. Preference is given to children in District 4. Check the school's website for more information. (Pauline Zaldonis, Internet research, December 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
832
Asian
0.6%
Black
57.3%
Hispanic
40.3%
White
0.6%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
124%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
15%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe outside around this school?
64%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
43%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
24%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
76%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
87%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
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?
42%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
30%
39% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
53%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
62%
69% 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 ICT students
2.33
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.6
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.22
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.34
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.42
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.29
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
53%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
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