Icahn Charter School 2

Grades K-8

Location

1640 Bronxdale Ave
Bronx NY 10462
Morris Park (District 11)

Contact

Phone
718-828-6107
Principal
Brenda Carrasquillo

What’s Special

A good track record

The Downside

Long school day may not be for everyone

Our Review

Opened in 2007, Icahn Charter School 2 offers small classes, a longer school day and lots of lessons in history, geography and science starting in the youngest grades. The school is modeled on the original school of the same name, which opened in 2003 in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx and is supported by billionaire financier Carl Icahn.

The days are long, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and run to mid-July. Children with low skills spend 45 minutes every day in small groups outside of class and must spend Saturday mornings at the school. Classes have only 18 students, much smaller than a typical public school, and attendance and test scores are high.

In class, children must work hard, but they get an opportunity to move around as they engage in artsy, hands-on lessons, particularly in history, geography and science, areas in which the school excels and offers to even the very youngest kids. Teachers follow the work of educator E.D. Hirsch, who wrote books outlining a base of core knowledge he believes every well-educated person needs to know. A recent theme was about the impact of human activity on the environment, followed by a trip to the Bronx Zoo.

Students significantly outperform the neighborhood schools on state tests and parents and teachers report a high level of satisfaction on the Learning Environment Survey in all areas. Parents receive a progress report six times a year and are held accountable for attendance and homework. They are called by 9 a.m. if children are absent and must provide a note upon the childs return.

Founding Principal Brenda Carrasquillo is a long-time Department of Education employee who was principal at CS 92 in the Bronx.

Special education: Teachers are able to give children personal attention because of the small numbers. Icahn schools pride themselves on their low referral rates to special education.

Admissions: Admission is by lottery and the waiting list is long. Priority is given to District 11 residents. (Lydie Raschka, May 2013).

About the students

Enrollment
323
Asian
5.3%
Black
28.2%
Hispanic
62.9%
White
2.2%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS/MS 498
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
87%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
84% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
66%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
42%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
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?
76%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
60%
40% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
32%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
67%
87% 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 SETSS students
2.88
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.62
2.3 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
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