John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
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High graduation rate for special needs students
Lavelle Prep Charter School has an ambitious goal: to graduate and prepare all students for college, even those with severe disabilities. Its motto, "Fair is not equal," means that students get the attention they need, and some students need more help than others. Most teachers are dually certified in special education.
Its graduation rate for children with disabilities is well above the citywide average.
The school opened in 2009 as a school for children in grades 6 to 12 at the Elizabeth A. Connelly Campus in Graniteville. It added grades 3 to 5 in 2016. The school serves students from all over Staten Island and getting to it can be quite a journey.
Special education: More than one-third of students have Individual Education Plans; some have disabilities so severe that they would otherwise be separated in special classes or schools. These students have a variety of emotional and behavioral problems and learning disabilities.
Admissions: Lottery. (Ayrn Bloodworth, 2011, updated August 2018)Read more