East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School

Grades K-6

What’s Special

Close ties with families; Spanish and musicals

The Downside

Too soon to say how middle school will do

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
427
Pre-K seats
21
Asian
0.7%
Black
28.3%
Hispanic
65.6%
White
1.6%
Other
3.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
288%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
88%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
96%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
27%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
91%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
86%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
65%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
86%
96% 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?
53%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
40%
42% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
65%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
58%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for self-contained students
2.56
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.2
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
41%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
85% 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?
97%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

1573 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Manhattan NY 10029
East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 6 to 110th St
Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4, M101, M102, M103, M106

Contact

Phone
212-348-2518
Principal
Desree Cabrall-Njenga