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Williamsburg Collegiate Uncommon Charter School

Grades: 5-8
157 Wilson Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-302-4018

Our Insights

What’s Special

Part of a high-performing charter network

The Downside

Strict rules may not be right for some

Williamsburg Collegiate, which serves grades five through eight, is part of Uncommon Schools, a large charter network that aims to get its largely low-income black and Latino students into college and give them the skills to succeed there.

It opened in 2005 as the first Uncommon middle school in New York City, in a big red-brick building off a busy strip of Lee Avenue, where many businesses cater to the neighborhood's Hassidic community. The school, though, is 98 percent Hispanic and black. Williamsburg Collegiate shares its building with PS 16.

According to information on the school's website, many Williamsburg Collegiate students arrive reading below grade level, and so the school focuses on literacy in particular. Like other Uncommon schools, it offers double periods of English and math every day. The school day is long, with after-school tutoring and homework, and the school year begins in August. Struggling students must attend classes on Saturday. The school also stresses what it describes as “a calm, composed and disciplined environment,” with a “strictly enforced” dress code and the awarding of merits and demerits for student behavior.

Math scores are well above average, with English language arts around average for New York City students. Almost all 8th-graders earn some high school credits.

The Uncommon network started with middle schools and has expanded to include elementary and high schools, aiming for students to be in the network for grades k through 12. Graduates of Williamsburg Collegiate can attend Uncommon Charter High School in Crown Heights.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for grade 5. The school fills any vacancies in grades 6 through 8 from its waitlist. Applications are available from the Uncommon website. (Gail Robinson, DOE statistics and web reports, May 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
8%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
38%
33% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
59%
63% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
69%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
1%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
330
Asian
1%
Black
28%
Hispanic
70%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
5%

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
6% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: J Line, M Line, Z Line to Marcy Ave; G Line to Broadway
Buses: B24, B32, B39, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B60, B62, Q54, Q59

Contact

Principal
J.T. Leaird/Maya Roth

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 16
Metal detectors?
No

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