Great Oaks Charter School

Grades: 6-12
Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Daily tutoring for all students

The Downside

One bathroom for staff, no auditorium or gymnasium

Great Oaks Charter is a tiny, structured middle school offering daily tutoring for all students in small groups, and plenty of one-on-one support. The school takes on many AmeriCorps volunteers—mostly recent college graduates—who tutor students throughout the day and lead after school activities. [see video of a day in the life of a tutor]. 

“This charter school is great for children who appreciate structure and flourish with extra academic support,” a commenter wrote on InsideSchools. “The teachers are young and energetic and clearly enjoy what they do. The daily tutorial sessions are a wonderful way to engage the students in smaller groups.” 

Founded in 2013, Great Oaks has many of the hallmarks of highly structured charter schools: students click their fingers to express agreement or support of a classmate's answers. They carry around cards denoting “stars” and “deductions,” according an office administrator. The latest data for suspensions is twice the citywide average.

The unique tutoring system makes it possible for students to work at their academic level, according to the office administrator. Struggling readers work closely with tutors, while more advanced readers may tackle a novel on their own and then discuss it with their tutors. Students practice math skills using the self-paced Khan Academy program on laptops with earphones. 

Overlooking busy Delancey Street where Chinatown meets with the Lower East Side, Great Oaks occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of a building that also houses a daycare center and restaurant supply company. It is a bright, welcoming space, albeit small. There is no gym or auditorium and only one bathroom for the entire staff including tutor volunteers. 

The school day runs longer than the usual public school day, with a half-day on Wednesdays, the staffer said. Students may go to Grand Street Settlement after school or opt to stay in the building for academic help or clubs. Preparation for the specialized high school exam takes place on Saturdays. The school has expanded its sports offerings to include soccer, Lacrosse and basketball in recent years.

Great Oaks is part of a New Jersey based charter school organization with the mission of preparing students for college. Its first school opened in 2011 in Newark.

In 2016, the first graduating class of 8th graders went on to competitive high schools including Brooklyn Tech and Millennium High School. The most common choices were nearby East Village Community and Manhattan Village Academy.  

Admissions: Citywide lottery. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, March 2019) 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
78%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

266
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
34%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
75%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
85%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
54%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
56%
Teacher turnover rate
 
18%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

38 Delancey St, 3rd Floor
Manhattan NY 10002

Trains: 6 Line to Spring St; B Line, D Line to Grand St; F Line, M Line to Delancey St-Essex St; J Line, Z Line to Bowery

Buses: M9, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M103, B39


Contact

Principal: Antonio Vance

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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