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Unity Prep Charter School

Grades: 6-12
432 Monroe Street
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-455-5046

Our Insights

What’s Special

Social justice focus and community service

The Downside

High suspension rate

Unity Preparatory Charter School, opened in 2013, has a strong emphasis on social justice. Teachers attempt to connect academics to children's experiences. For example, a 6th-grade English class reading Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giverconnected themes in the book to police “stop-and-frisk” activity.

The administration has impressive credentials; Founder Josh Beauregard has a doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

The middle school is located at 432 Monroe Street in a building shared with PS 44 Marcus Garvey. The high school is 2.5 miles away, at 584 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg. Both schools have an extended school day and school year. 

Many Unity Prep students enter the school with test scores well below grade level. To help them catch up, students get a good dose of word study, grammar and phonics, but they also role-play in history and do investigations in science. There is an academic summer academy plus after-school and Saturday tutoring.  All students participate in a year-end showcase to present their academic accomplishments before an audience of teachers, parents and others.

High school students must do internships and community service in order to graduate. Some volunteer as tutors in the middle school, the middle school secretary said. All 9th graders take a yearlong course in college and career readiness, including visits to five colleges and presentations from professionals from a variety of fields.

Students begin their mornings with mindfulness training, a period of silence in classrooms with their daily advisory group or in larger groups in the gymnasium. Yoga and interactive games help students alleviate stress and manage emotions according to the website. 

Discipline is strict, however. Students are expected to be silent during class transitions. A teacher checks uniforms at the entrance to the school. The suspension rate is far above the statewide average. Beauregard sees the disciplinary code as a form of empowerment, noting that it helps kids succeed as scholars and citizens.

Admissions: By lottery. Priority to siblings and students who live in District 13. Unity accepts students in all grades. Roughly 60 percent of middle school graduates attend the high school.  (Lydie Raschka, brief interview and web reports, February 2019) 

 

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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?
56%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
64%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
64%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
44%
41% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
36%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
31%
51% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
544
Asian
1%
Black
80%
Hispanic
17%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
2%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34%
20% 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%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
5% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 13)
Trains: A Line to Nostrand Ave; C Line to Kingston-Throop Aves; G Line to Bedford-Nostrand Aves
Buses: B15, B25, B38, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B52

Contact

Principal
Josh Beauregard/Casey Burns

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares its building with PS 44
Metal detectors?
No

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