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Excellence Boys Uncommon Charter Academy

Grades: K-8
239 Patchen Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11233
Phone: 718-638-1830

Our Insights

What’s Special

Outstanding facility

The Downside

Issues with bullying and discipline

Excellence Boys Charter School Middle Academy says that its students will go on to graduate from college “despite the very grim odds” facing young African-American men in this country.

The school, which serves grades 5 to 8 and also has an elementary school, 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.

According to the 2016-2017 school quality report, Excellence Boys has a good record of getting even students who entered the school performing below grade level in math or English to move up during their middle school years. To accomplish this, the school, like others in the Uncommon network, provides middle school students with two periods of math and two of English—one focused on reading and one on writing—every day. Classes start in late August and students attend school from 7:40 a.m. to 4 p.m. Struggling students are encouraged to attend classes on Saturday. The school emphasizes an orderly, disciplined environment, and uniforms are mandatory.

According to the school’s website, at Excellence Boys “it is ‘cool’ for boys to be smart, curious scholars who show excitement for school and enthusiasm for learning. Free from social pressures and stereotypes, students at Excellence Boys help each other succeed and feel safe taking responsible academic and personal risks.”

The school holds a community meeting every Friday, which features student performances and presentations. The student who “best exemplifies” school values receives the Spirit Stick, indicating that he is to serve as a role model for other students over the next seven days.

There has been concern about bullying at the school. In 2016, PIX 11 news reported, a student gave a speech at 6th-grade graduation detailing how he was bullied and contending that his teacher did little about it. On the most recent school survey, two-thirds of students said bullying occurred some or most of the time. Only 37 percent think their fellow students listen in class, well below the citywide average, and fewer than half think discipline in the school is fair.

Uncommon started with middle schools and has expanded to include elementary and high schools. It envisions all of its students staying in the network for kindergarten through 12th grade. Many of Excellence Boys’ middle school students also attended the Excellence Boys elementary school. Students in the middle school can go on to Uncommon Charter High School in Crown Heights.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for 5th grade, with priority to District 16 students. The school fills any vacancies in grades 6 through 8 from its waitlist. Applications are available from the Uncommon website. (Gail Robinson, school website, web reports and DOE statistics, April 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?
89%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
63%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
71%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
10%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
37%
34% 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?
75%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
57%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
58%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
51% 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
768
Asian
3%
Black
82%
Hispanic
11%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
3%

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?
49%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
28%
22% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: A Line to Utica Ave; C Line to Ralph Ave; J Line, Z Line to Halsey St
Buses: B7, B25, B26, B46, B46-SBS, B47, Q24

Contact

Principal
Kevin Hall/Samantha Tweedy

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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