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The International Charter School of New York

Grades: K-5
55 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-305-4199

Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids study ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

The Downside

Above average suspension rate; no permanent building

Founded by a former diplomat, the International Charter School of New York has a global theme and a classical curriculum. Children learn about ancient civilizations and religions while mastering more typical elementary school lessons in reading and math.

“Our first graders compare and contrast the beliefs of Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Aztecs, and Mayans," founder Matthew Levey wrote on the school website. “Second graders study Buddhism and Hindu gods. Our third graders learn about Roman gods.”

Opened in 2015 in downtown Brooklyn, the school has attracted children of different races, ethnicities and income levels.  

Kindergarten and 1st grade are housed in a space formerly occupied by the Brooklyn Friends private school, near Metrotech Commons, which gives children an outdoor space for play, surrounded by public art. Grades 2 to 5 are housed at 9 Hanover Place, four-tenths of a mile away.

The temporary quarters are not ideal—the cafeteria is also used as a gym—but parents say the quality of instruction makes up for the physical plant. “My son's experience in the classroom is far more important to me than any amount of logistical hassle,” a parent wrote on the InsideSchools website.

The school has adopted the Core Knowledge curriculum, which uses history as a "spine on which to nestle your child's learning experience," said Levey. Kindergartners read books about pre-European civilizations; 2nd graders study the medieval age; 4th graders, they focus on 1850 to the present and 5th-graders read an abridged text of The Odyssey, he said.

Class size is somewhat smaller than the typical New York City public schools, with 20 students in kindergarten and 25 in 1st grade, each with a head teacher and an assistant teacher. The school day runs from 8 am to 3:40 pm.

One downside: The school has a higher than average suspension rate. Levey explained the school’s disciplinary policy saying: “We are very much committed to a safe environment.”

SPECIAL EDUCATION: ICS offers one ICT (team-teaching) class on every grade.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Priority to District 13. In recent years, the school has had room for out of district children. See the school website for details. (Clara Hemphill, interview & web reports, October 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?
87%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
38%
35% 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?
53%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
419
Asian
5%
Black
35%
Hispanic
18%
White
31%
Other
11%
Free or reduced priced lunch
36%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
2%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
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?
37%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)

Contact

Principal
Ellen Borenstein/Emily Carroll-Chocolaad

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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