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La Cima Charter School

Grades: K-5
800 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-443-2136

Our Insights

What’s Special

Emphasis on character development; 5th grade trip to Paris

The Downside

Some problems with order and discipline

La Cima Charter School focuses intensely on character development as well as academic achievement. Each classroom has a wipe-off chart for students to mark down how well they follow the school's conduct principles. Each evening, students bring home a Daily Choices page that reports on their behavior, to be signed by parents. Each week, a grade-wide meeting immerses students in that weeks featured value, which have included reliability, forgiveness and humility. The school aims to introduce children to themes of social justice.

La Cima (summit, in Spanish) has a no-nonsense atmosphere that still takes on playful moments. In one class, the teacher led the room in call-and-response cheers and clapping. They loudly sang together: Ooh ah, Im going to college someday. Students take yoga to learn how to cope with stress.

The kindergarten area is homey, with the classrooms surrounding a common play area. La Cima has its own cafeteria, with signs echoing behavior expectations. At recess the younger grades use scooters, or jump rope, or play with gymnastics ribbons.

A highlight: 5th graders took a trip to Paris in 2016 to learn, among other things, about African-American expatriates who made their home there.

A downside: only 20 percent of teachers responding to the 2016 school survey agreed that order and discipline are maintained and only 40 percent said they would recommend the school to parents.

La Cima shares a building with Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School and MS 267. [Photo from La Cima Charter School website]

Admissions: Lottery, with District 16 preference. Applications are available on the school website. (Matt Fleischer-Black, February 2011, updated with web reports July 2017)

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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?
55%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
65%
84% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
46%
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?
33%
48% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
48% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
378
Asian
2%
Black
65%
Hispanic
28%
White
2%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
8%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
22%
25% Citywide Average

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?
11%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
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: J Line, Z Line to Gates Ave
Buses: B15, B46, B52, Q24

Contact

Principal
Guerschmide Saint-Ange/Nisah Brinson

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with MS 267 and the Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Uncommon Charter HS
Metal detectors?
No

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