University Prep Charter High School

Grades 9-12

Location

600 Saint Ann's Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 2, 5 to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-585-0560
Principal
Andrea D'amato
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

Skilled teachers, good Regents results, small classes

The Downside

No music and art until 12th grade, late lunch

Our Review

Many charter schools operate under the premise that teachers' unions are a barrier to good education. But University Prep Charter High School is out to prove that well-paid, unionized teachers are fundamental to students' success.

University Prep, which has a collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers, was named a "National Blue Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016, an award given to high performing schools. Nearly every student graduates on time, and most go to college (although some need to take remedial courses when they get there.) The school offers a full complement of Advanced Placement classes, and many students take College Now classes at CUNY campuses while they are still in high school.

Andrea D'Amato, principal since 2015, has created an atmosphere of trust and respect, according to school surveys. Although some students are concerned about safety in the neighborhood outside the school, they feel safe in the school building, which is shared with the Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science. Students wear a uniform of navy blue collared shirts, khaki pants, and solid black or brown shoes.

Founded in 2008 as Green Dot New York Charter School, the name was changed to University Prep Charter High School in 2013 after ending its relationship with Green Dot Public Schools, a network of schools in California. Teachers have a special contract that pays them more than other members of the United Federation of Teachers in exchange for a longer school day and year.

All incoming 9th graders participate in a summer bridge program for 4 to 6 weeks. It gives them a preview of math, English and health courses; introduces them to their classmates; and helps them get used to the school's environment.

School hours are 8:30 am to 4 pm. Classes meet every other day for 90 minutes which helps students prepare for a college schedule and allows teachers to "dive deeper" into the subject matter, according to a school brochure. Classes blend "hands-on learning" and with "interactive lectures."

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers SETSS (pull-out) classes, and sometimes offers ICT (team teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery, with District 7 preference. (Clara Hemphill, school brochure and web reports, March 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
406
Asian
1.2%
Black
35.2%
Hispanic
61.6%
White
0.5%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
9%
Male
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with I.S. 584 and the Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
66%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
12%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
60%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% 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?
60%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
63%
71% 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?
99%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
33%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
51%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
94%
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?
94%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
90%
60% Citywide Average
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