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What’s Special

Small school that offers dance and violin

The Downside

High suspension rate

Founded in 2009, Summit Academy Charter is a tiny middle and high school that offers dance and violin. It shares a building with Red Hook Neighborhood School. 

Most students enter middle school with low academic skills. Students in 6th grade take longer periods of math and English classes to help them catch up. Many improve during middle school and enter high school on a better footing. The high school is not as established and still has a ways to go to improve student performance, according to the city data known as the performance dashboard.

The school's founder, Natasha Campbell, was director of a youth center run by the Police Athletic League. While working in Red Hook, she noticed students "weren't getting the strongest academic foundations to go on to college," she told us the year the school opened. She set out to give families another option. 

Although the size is tiny, the school manages to offer extras, such as dance, violin, art, African drumming and STEM classes. Parents are invited to attend evening classes on topics such as how help their children study. 

Most students report they feel safe in school. However they are suspended at four times the citywide average. Teachers come and go at a higher rate than other city schools; the school hired 11 new staff in 2018 according to board minutes.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 2019) 

 

 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
78% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40%
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
55%
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
100%
60% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
206
Asian
1%
Black
33%
Hispanic
64%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
13%

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
45% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
11%
7% Citywide Average
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Contact & Location

Location

27 Huntington Street
Brooklyn NY 11231

Trains: F Line, G Line to Smith-9th Sts

Buses: B57, B61


Contact

Principal: Natasha Campbell

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Red Hook Neighborhood School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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