Riverton Street Charter School

Grades K-8

Location

118-34 Riverton Street
Queens NY 11412
St. Albans (District 29)

Contact

Phone
718-481-8200
Principal
Verone Kennedy

What’s Special

Parents give school top marks

The Downside

New school doesn't have a long track record

Our Review

Riverton Street Charter School opened in September 2010 with 196 students in kindergarten through third grade. The school will expand by one grade per year until it reaches it target capacity serving students in grades kindergarten through 8.

As a member of National Heritage Academies (NHA), a network of charter schools, Riverton Street follows the NHA educational model that incorporates a moral focus into all areas of instruction and tracks student progress using scoring scales. Students skills are assessed scores of 1 to 4 the lowest score of 1 representing below standards performance and the highest, 4, representing a performance level \"beyond what is taught,\" according to the NHA website.

Founding principal Verone Kennedy has 20 years of experience working as a teacher and administrator, according to the schools website. Prior to taking the helm at Riverton Street, Kennedy served as a network leader for the Department of Education, overseeing a cluster of 22 middle schools.

The school gets top marks on the city's progress report card and on the Learning Environment Survey where parents and teachers rate their satisfaction in four areas: communication, engagement, academics and safety. Math and reading scores are high compared to similar schools according to data provided bythe New York City Charter School Center. Students perform almost 20 percentage points higher in math than in English Language Arts on state exams.

In addition to core academics - English, math, science and social studies - students have instruction once a week each for art, music, and physical education. [Photo at right showing Field Day is from the Riverton Facebook page]

The school day starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The school year follows the Department of Education calendar, which provides for 180 days of instruction. There is no after school program

Admissions: By lottery. Priority to students in District 29. Check the school\'s website for more information. (Information compiled from the school\'s website and DOE statistics, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
897
Asian
0.3%
Black
91.2%
Hispanic
7.0%
White
0.6%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
33%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
1%

About the school

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

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
4%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
27%
75% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
60%
84% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
58%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
62%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
58%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
59%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
53%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
84% 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%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
40%
40% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
16%
28% 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
2.05
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.4
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
87% Citywide Average
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