The Opportunity Charter School

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Inclusion school mixes special education and general ed students

The Downside

Weak academic performance

Our Review

Opportunity Charter School is committed to "inclusive" education--teaching both general education students and students with special needs. For admissions, the school conducts two separate lotteries, one for the general population, the other for special needs students, who make up about half of the student population at the school. There are 18 kids in classes, all of which have both a teacher and an assistant. In addition, on each grade the school has placed a social worker and a speech and language therapist. They work with children in their classrooms; no kids are pulled out for special services. Most students come from the neighborhood and most enter middle school with weak academic skills, administrators said.

Founded in September 2004 as a middle school, it has expanded to include a high school program.

The Department of Education threatened to close the school in 2012 because of poor academic performance, but it was given a reprieve and allowed to stay open, according to DNAinfo.

The school accepts students that other schools shuneither because they have poor grades or behavior problems. "We wind up with a lot of students who were not succeeding at other charter schools," Emily Samuels, Opportunity's director of development, told DNAinfo.

Natasha Dyer, a senior, said individual attention helped her do better at Opportunity than her old school.

"You have more than just a teacher here," she told DNAinfo. "You have counselors and other people to help you. If you can't find one person, there's 20 others." [video by DNAinfo]

The school has a team of social workers to help students with emotional and other problems.

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

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 3 residents. (Judy Baum, March 2006, updated with web reports August 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
425
Asian
1.4%
Black
53.7%
Hispanic
43.1%
White
0.5%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
62%
English language learners
10%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Harlem 4 Charter School and PS 241
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
103%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
26%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
51%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
62%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
64%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
67%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
51%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
54%
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?
2%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
11%
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?
50%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
56%
83% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
2%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
2%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
42%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
44%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for ICT students
1.69
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.84
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.99
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
71%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
47%
67% Citywide Average
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Location

240 West 113 Street
Manhattan NY 10026
Harlem (District 3)
Trains: B, C to Cathedral Parkway-110th St; 2, 3 to Central Park North-110th St
Buses: M2, M3, M4, M7, M10, M116

Contact

Phone
212-866-6137
Principal
Allison Mutzel/Ricky Koodie

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