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East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
2050 Second Avenue
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-348-2518

Our Insights

What’s Special

Close ties with families; Spanish and musicals

The Downside

Too soon to say how middle school will do

Founded in 2011, East Harlem Scholars Academy combines an extra-long school dayand a longer school yearwith structured routines and a warm welcome to parents, who are invited to eat breakfast in their childs classroom each day and join monthly community circles. Many children score above average on state exams, and parents are pleased with the extras. Kids sing and dance in two musicals a year, and take music, Spanish, art and movement classes.

The day begins with a healthy breakfast in the classroom, after which children are often divided into small groups for more individualized attention. Standardized test scores are well above the citywide average in math and inching up from the high average range in English language arts, according to school data. Student behavior is monitored using color-coded sticks that range from red (bad) to blue (good). Parents may be in touch with faculty via cell phone anytime.

Elementary school principal Desree Cabrall-Njenga grew up in the Bronx and received a degree in Journalism and media studies prior to her career in education. Principal Maureen Yusuf-Morales founded the middle school in 2016 starting with 5th grade. She is from Bangladesh and was raised in Queens, according to a bio on the school website. A graduate of Smith College and New York University, she has expertise in diversity and anti-bias education.

The school is in a building on Second Avenue and 105th Street, next door to the offices of East Harlem Tutorial Program,the nonprofit foundation devoted to K-12 after-school tutoring that oversees the charter school. The high school will open in 2018. [photo of middle school from school website]

ADMISSIONS: Students are chosen by lottery, usually conducted in April. Siblings of enrolled students are guaranteed admission. Preference is given to students living in East Harlem. (Lydie Raschka, school data, 2017)

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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?
63%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
48%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
39%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
604
Asian
2%
Black
24%
Hispanic
67%
White
4%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
8%
Pre-K seats
18

From 2018 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
16% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to Central Park North-110th St; 6 Line to 103rd St; 6 Line to 110th St
Buses: M2, M3, M4, M101, M102, M103, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M96, M98

Contact

Principal
Jeff Ginsburg/Jessica Zannikos

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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