Democracy Prep Endurance Charter School

Grades 6-10
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What’s Special

Korean music and dance, lots of trips

The Downside

Strict rules and a high suspension rate

Our Review

Democracy Prep Endurance is named after Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackletons ship, the Endurance. Founded in 2012, it has become one of the highest performing schools in the Democracy Prep network, which runs more than a dozen schools in the city. Endurance enjoys strong leadership, orderly classrooms and happy teachers, according to school surveys, but the suspension rate is high. Democracy Prep schools combine strict discipline and a long school day with trips, civic engagement and exposure to Korean music and dance. (High school students take four years of Korean language.)

Democracy Preps founder, Seth Andrews, wanted to give his mostly African-American and Latino students Korean educational values: respect for teachers, education and hard work. Kids in middle school become familiar with Korean music and dance. At the end of each school year, the network hosts a Korean Street Festival in Harlem, with bibimbap (Koreas national dish of rice and vegetables), Korean games and traditional Korean dance.

Children get involved in the community. They run a campaign to help register New Yorkers to vote, lobby elected officials and debate pros and cons of charter schools. Parents are expected to register to vote and must agree to attend at least one civic event per year, according to the school handbook.

The day runs from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (4:45 for kids who stay for tutoring, enrichment or detention). Children are tested and prepped for tests often and test scores are above average.

Endurance has a culture of strict disciplinesilent hallways, tracking the speaker and sitting up straightwith consequences for tardiness, missing uniforms and other infractions. Students earn fake dollars for good behavior and academic effort to earn special privileges such as college trips. The suspension rate was more than 30 percent, far above the statewide average, in 2014-2015, when data was most recently available. While most students think discipline is fair, 27 percent do not, according to school surveys.

The school year begins with an orientation week in late August. Most graduates go to Democracy Prep Endurance High School located at 240 East 123rd Street. The school added a kindergarten and 11th grade in fall 2017 and will expand year-by-year until it serves kindergarten through 12th grade.

Middle school children visit colleges in Washington D.C., Boston and Montreal. Tenth graders participate in service trips, such as one to Ecuador in the 2016-17 school year.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: One-fifth of the children have special needs and they perform above average on tests.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. Preference is given to children in District 5. (Lydie Raschka, school data, 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
563
Asian
0.4%
Black
67.9%
Hispanic
28.8%
White
1.1%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 154
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
110%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
12%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
42%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
39%
38% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
19%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
77%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for ICT students
2.11
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.47
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.92
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.41
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.8
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.75
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
78%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
73%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

250 West 127 Street
Manhattan NY 10027
Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 2, 3, A, B, C, D to 125th St
Buses: M2, M3, M7, M10, M60-SBS, M100, M101, M102, Bx15

Contact

Phone
212-316-7602
Principal
Margaret Marrer