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Teaching Firms of America Professional Preparatory Charter School

Grades: K-5
616 Quincy Street
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-285-3787

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What’s Special

School based on a law firm's incentives

The Downside

Too soon to say if it will be successful

Teaching Firms of America Professional Preparatory School, opened in 2011 in the PS 308 building, is designed to reflect the African American heritage of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. Staff greet each other with the honorific Brother and Sister before their first names, Gotham Schools reported. The Swahili phrase, Habari Gani - which translates to Whats the good word? [is] repeated often. [Photo by Gotham Schools.]

The school is the dream of Rafiq Kalen Id-Din II, a lawyer who received an Echoing Green fellowship to developa charter school inspired by the incentive-based model of a law firm. According to the plan, teacher associates can rise to become partners, earning between $250,000 and $300,000 per year while assuming meaningful leadership roles in the firm.

Kalem Id-Din, who spent time teaching before attending law school and joining the white-shoe firm of Cravath, Swain & Moore, serves as one of three partners leading the school, with the support of an executive officer and administrative staff to handle day-to-day operations, overseen by a board of trustees. The partners have twin responsibilities of teaching (both students and teachers) and serving as strategic planners and decision makers for the firm.

Professional Prep takes some inspiration from the International Bacccaulaureate approach, as well as the Waldorf schools, with an emphasis on fun and love, according to Kalem Id-Din, which stands in contrast to the no excuses brand of pedagogy practiced by many charter schools. Classes are looped, so that students remain with the same teacher from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Each class of 22 children - referred to as Schoolhouses has two teachers, with mixed levels of experience: Teaching Apprentices, Junior Associates and Senior Associates in addition to Partners. Science and math are be taught with a combined approach, as are English language arts and social studies. Another distinctive feature is a plan to videotape all instructional hours for professional development, which Kalem Id-Din describes as a bit like NFL instant replay.

The school faced some community resistance to being housed within PS 308, but Kalem Id-Din maintains that all students in the building benefit from the presence of Professional Prep.

Special education: The school has an inclusion model for special education, with two teachers in every classroom. "Our goal is for every teacher to be working towards a special ed certification fi they do not already have one," says Kalem Id-Din.

Admissions: Lottery. Preference District 16. Applications are due on April 1. (Amanda Hass, April 2011 telephone interview, updated with Gotham Schools report.)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
70%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
84% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
50%
37% 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?
22%
48% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42%
48% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
57%
52% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62%
56% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
529
Asian
0%
Black
80%
Hispanic
19%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
14%
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?
0%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: G Line to Bedford-Nostrand Aves; J Line, Z Line to Gates Ave
Buses: B15, B38, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B52, Q24

Contact

Principal
Rafiq Kalam Id-Din/Damien Dunkley

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 308
Metal detectors?
No

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