Riverton Street Charter School
Queens NY 11412
Parents give school top marks
New school doesn't have a long track record
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)