The Opportunity Charter School

Grades: 6-12

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) 


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
631 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


240 West 113th Street, 4th Floor
Manhattan NY 10026

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


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

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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