International Leadership Charter High School

Grades 9-12

Location

3030 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx NY 10463
Kingsbridge (District 10)

Contact

Phone
718-562-2300
Principal
Elaine Ruiz Lopez

What’s Special

School offers Chinese and Tae Kwo Doe

The Downside

State reviewer criticized quality of teaching

Our Review

International Leadership Charter School offers student the chance to study Chinese, learn Tae Kwon Do, or take part in the Model United Nations. However, there have been multiple complaints about the school leadership from parents, students and staff, according to a state report.

On the positive side, its an orderly school where students wear uniforms. The school has a high graduation rate and good attendance. Graduates have been admitted to Fordham University, St. Johns University, and Mercy College, as well as SUNY and CUNY schools, according to the school website. It is led by Roberta Cummings, director of instruction, [pictured on the left] and head of school, Dr. Elaine Ruiz-Lopez. [on the right in the photo from schools website].

Students say they feel exceptionally comfortable and respected in the school, according to a state review of the school.

However, the state received multiple complaints about the school from parents, teachers and students. These complaints have centered on the effectiveness of the school leadership and a lack of consistent communication from the school and the board, state reviewers said in a report recommending renewal of the charter in 2011.

The report was also critical of the quality of teaching. Students sit in rows and rarely interact with one another; they respond to questions with one or two words, the report said. Students read poems and short stories rather than longer works of literature. A senior project consisted of talking for two or three minutes about a cartoon in Glamour magazine, the report said.

The New York Post reported that Ruiz-Lopez fired four teachers and expelled students without due process in the schools first year in 2006-07.

The school has a high attrition rate, according to data on the state education website. About 100 9th graders are admitted each year, but there are fewer than 70 12th graders. The school is housed in an office building, but plans to move to permanent quarters in 2013. [UPDATE: This move was delayed, and the school will move into the new building in late 2015)

Admissions: Lottery. (Clara Hemphill, school website and DOE documents, September, 2012; updated Ella Colley, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
390
Asian
1.0%
Black
16.4%
Hispanic
76.9%
White
1.8%
Other
3.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
11%
Male
43%

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
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
94%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
12%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
97%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
89%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
63%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
3%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
5%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
94%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
19%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
30%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
85%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
100%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
32%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
73%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
82%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
82%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
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