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The Opportunity Charter School

Grades: 6-12
240 West 113th Street
Manhattan NY 10026
Phone: 212-866-6137

Our Insights

What’s Special

Extra support for students with disabilities

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline and order

Opportunity Charter School serves a uniquely challenging population—more than half its students have a moderate to severe learning disability, and many have failed at other schools.

Founded in September 2004, Opportunity’s middle school was on the brink of closing due to poor performance in 2017, but it was granted a reprieve after pushback from parents, students and leaders. The school says it accepts students that other schools shun, either because they have poor grades or behavior problems. It asked the city to take this into consideration when evaluating their performance. 

The school has a ways to go to create a safe and welcoming environment, according to school surveys. More than half the teachers report discipline and order are not maintained, and the suspension rate is almost four times the citywide average. 

On the positive side, Opportunity offers free medical and dental care, mental health counseling, eye glasses, sex education and help with money management as part of a partnership with Children’s Aid-Carrera Program. “Life-time sports,” such as squash, swimming and tennis, are offered to help build healthy habits and as impulse control, according to the school website. Music, dance, writing and theater help teens find other avenues of expression and talent to boost self-esteem, even if they haven’t found success in academics. 

Opportunity Charter has two programs to give teens a leg up in the job market whether they choose to attend college or not: Culinary Arts and Microsoft Certification. 

The school shares a building with PS 241, STEM Institute and Harlem Success Academy 4.  

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 3 residents. (Lydie Raschka, 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?
47%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
67%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
50%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
14%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
53%
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?
5%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
1%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
89%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
13%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
61%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
426
Asian
1%
Black
50%
Hispanic
47%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
64%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
45%
20% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
86%
74% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
1%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
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

Harlem (District 3)
Trains: B Line, C Line to Cathedral Parkway-110th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to Central Park North-110th St
Buses: M2, M3, M4, M7, M10, M116

Contact

Principal
Sade Mccaw/Leonard Goldberg

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Harlem 4 Charter School and PS 241
Metal detectors?
No

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