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Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Uncommon Charter Academy

Grades: K-8
51 Christopher Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-250-5767

Our Insights

What’s Special

High test scores and academic achievement

The Downside

Homework may be too much for some students and their families; some concerns about safety in the neighborhood

Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools charter network, was founded in 2010 and spans kindergarten through 8th grade with its Elementary Academy and Middle Academy, both housed in the same building. The school has strong leadership and a safe, respectful environment with little indication of bullying on school surveys. Test scores are better than the citywide average and far above other schools in the Brownsville neighborhood. More than 90 percent of 8th graders earned some high school credit. The school’s atmosphere and leadership get fairly high marks as well.

The intense, academically demanding school has an extended school year and a school day that begins at 7:15 a.m. for middle schoolers and 7:30 a.m. for elementary students, and lasts until 4 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on Fridays). Those who are struggling academically stay even later for tutoring and may come in on Saturdays. Students have significant amounts of homework every night: about 45 minutes a night for the elementary grades and about two hours a night for the middle school grades. The school urges parents to be involved with the homework and provides a Homework Hotline for them to call.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education named the Elementary Academy a Blue Ribbon School, an honor recognizing academic excellence. This came after 99 percent of 3rd-graders scored proficient on the state standardized math exam. In 2016, the school was one of seven high-performing charter schools awarded a grant by the state Education Department to share their practices with traditional public schools.

Enrichment and athletics include drama, arts, dance, basketball and step.

The school is safe and orderly, with strict rules of conduct. Students who are late must stay for detention; those who skip class or repeatedly violate the dress code may be suspended; a child who misses more than 10 days of school may be held back, according to the family handbook.

Although surveys show children feel safe inside the building, roughly one third of the teachers are concerned about safety outside the building on surveys.

Graduates of Leadership Prep Ocean Hill can go on to Uncommon Leadership Charter High School, which opened on the Franklin K. Lane Campus on the Brooklyn-Queens border in 2017.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for both kindergarten and 5th grade, with priority to students who live in District 23. Applications are available from the Uncommon website(Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2017; updated by 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
40%
34% 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?
72%
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
66%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
75%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62%
51% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
86%
32% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
100%
92% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
81%
67% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
84%
53% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1202
Asian
1%
Black
82%
Hispanic
12%
White
1%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
3%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
14%
22% 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?
39%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
24%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
100%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: L Line to Atlantic Ave; A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Broadway Junction
Buses: B12, B14, B20, B25, B60, B83, Q24, Q56

Contact

Principal
Nikki Bridges/Caroline Kerns

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 401
Metal detectors?
No

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