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Brownsville Collegiate Uncommon Charter School

Grades: 5-8
364 Sackman Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-636-0370

Our Insights

What’s Special

Part of a high-performing charter network

The Downside

Many changes in leadership

Brownsville Collegiate Charter School, which serves grades 5 to 8, 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.

To accomplish this, the school, like others in the 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.

This school does not do as well on state tests as some others in the Uncommon network, with only 30 percent of students scoring proficient on the English language arts test. The students fare better on the math test, and all 8th-graders take the algebra I Regents exam.

Brownsville Collegiate has had several changes in leadership since it opened in 2009, and it has struggled to maintain discipline and order under some of those leaders, according to the annual NYC School Surveys. Joel Tracy, a graduate of Brown University who worked as a teacher and dean at other Uncommon schools, became principal in 2016. In the 2016-17 survey, teachers gave him fairly high marks and said order and discipline were maintained on his watch.

Uncommon started with middle schools and has expanded to include elementary and high school. It envisions all of its students staying in the network for kindergarten through 12th grade.  Students at Brownsville Collegiate can go on to Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, a safe school that enjoys strong leadership and does a good job preparing teens for college. In 2017, 100 percent of the high school’s graduates were accepted into four-year colleges, the Amsterdam News reported.

Brownsville Collegiate shares its building with PS 150.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for 5th grade, with priority to District 23 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 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?
79%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
34%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
27%
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?
35%
63% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
48%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
68%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
353
Asian
1%
Black
68%
Hispanic
27%
White
1%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
8%

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?
20%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
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

Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Junius St; L Line to Sutter Ave
Buses: B14, B60

Contact

Principal
Anjya Thomas

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 150
Metal detectors?
No

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