Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School

Grades 6-10

Our Review

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School promises to train students to be certified as Emergency Medical Technicians. However, the school has significant problems with order and discipline.

A teacher was arrested in 2012 and charged with hitting a 12-year-old girl and sitting on her, according to news reports. Students complain of gang activity and fights in the school, and 20 percent say they dont feel safe in class, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Some 70 percent of teachers say order and discipline are a problem. A review by the state found that students talked out of turn and did not complete assigned tasks.

There is friction between the principal and the staff: 60 percent of teachers responding to the survey said they mistrust the principal and called him a bad manager, according to the survey.

Founded with a 6th grade in 2010, the school will expand by one grade each year until it serves students in grades 6 through 12. The school is the brainchild of Dr. Richard Izquierdo, a pediatrician for over 40 years and founder of Urban Health Plan (UHP), a network of health centers providing medical services to the South Bronx and Queens.

The school shares a large building (the former home of IS 158, which was closed in 2007)Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School and Bronx Latin.

Admissions: By lottery. Check the school's website for more information. (Clara Hemphill, news reports and DOE statistics, September 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
739
Asian
0.7%
Black
29.8%
Hispanic
66.9%
White
1.6%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
11%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Bronx Latin and the Bronx Career and College Prep HS
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
88%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
18%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
95%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
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?
15%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
22%
38% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
81%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
25%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
93%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.92
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.19
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
79%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

800 Home Street
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-378-0490
Principal
Richard Burke