John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School

Grades: K-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

Our Insights

What’s Special

High graduation rate for special needs students

The Downside

Remote location

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
96%
Average daily attendance
 
92%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
25%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
94%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
95%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

796
Number of students
844 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
36%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
7%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
35%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
16%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
92%
3.0
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
76%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
74%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
67%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location

Location

1 Teleport Drive
Staten Island NY 10311

Buses: S46, S62, S92, S96


Contact

Principal: Christopher Zilinski/Anthony Faiella

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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