Leadership Prep Canarsie Uncommon Charter Middle Academy

Grades: 5-8
1070 East 104 Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn NY 11236
Phone: 347-390-0560

Our Insights

What’s Special

Part of a high-performing charter network

The Downside

Safety concerns about the surrounding area

Leadership Prep Canarsie Middle Academy, 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.

On its website, the school says it tries to balance the discipline that Uncommon is known for with “joy” and “warmness.” Like other middle schools in the network, Leadership Prep Canarsie offers long school days and expects students to do 90 minutes to two hours of homework a night. The school year starts in August. Students have two and half hours of reading and writing classes and one and a half hours of math every day. Some struggling students are required to stay after 4 p.m. dismissal for additional tutoring. Overall, students do well on standardized tests, and 90 percent of 8th-graders earn some high school credit.

Teachers have some reservations about the school, with about 40 percent saying in the NYC School Survey that they would not recommend parents send their children there. While students generally feel safe in the school building, more than half said they did not feel safe outside. A significant percentage of teachers agreed. Students also complained that they did not think discipline is applied fairly at Leadership Prep Canarsie.

Uncommon 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. The Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary Academy is in another building, about five blocks away. Graduates of Leadership Prep Canarsie can go on to Uncommon Prep Charter High School, which opened in 2014 on the South Shore campus in Canarsie. The Middle Academy shares its building with PS 279.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for grade 5, with preference to students from District 18. 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 the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
61% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
45% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Canarsie (District 18)
Buses: B6, B60, B82, B103


Michael Scott Jr./Mallory Bocachica

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 279
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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