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Family Life Academy Charter School II

Grades: K-8
296 East 140th Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-410-8100
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What’s Special

Each student receives an iPad and learns to play violin

The Downside

No outdoor playground

Opened in 2012 with a kindergarten and 1st grade, the Family Life Academy Charter School II follows in the footsteps of the original FLACS, founded in 2001. FLACS II will expand a grade level each year until it is a full K-8 school. It offers an extended day, from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Assistant Principal Katherine Ortiz says the school prides itself on being responsive to parents and encourages communication with them.

There are two teachers in every classroom. Like the original FLACS, the school hopes to start a summer literacy preparation course for pre-kindergarten students in 2014.

Every student receives an iPad for the school day and most of the course work and worksheets are online. The iPad allows more advanced students to work on difficult assignments. We feel strongly that kids at the top sometimes get left out, so these children use the iPad, Ortiz said. The teacher will teach lessons on the iPad and then give them a different activity. [The students] get challenged by activities and a lot more work, said Ortiz.

Students receive singing and violin lessons. Students are trained by a full time music teacher in the Suzuki method and get to keep their violins. Students take yoga and fitness classes during the day. During meals students eat fresh, locally grown, and 75 percent organic food, provided to them by Red Rabbit, a Harlem organization.

Many students come from Spanish-speaking immigrant families. The school offers has an English Second Language teacher. Students who need extra help are placed in a 6-week academic intervention group where they meet 50 minutes each day with a teacher in a class of five students or less.

The Latino Pastoral Action Center offers an after school program for FLACS students from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that offers homework help and classes in cooking and nutrition.

Principal Lourdes Arroyo was previously the principal at PS 108 in Manhattan and before that was the head of the Bilingual Bicultural Mini-School in District 4.

The school has its own building, but it has no playground or auditorium.

Special education: The school offers SETSS but not team-teaching or self-contained classes.

Admissions: Lottery. Priority to District 7. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, interview, July 2013)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
84% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

Teacher turnover rate
13%
37% 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?
79%
48% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
90%
48% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
44%
52% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
58%
56% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
48%
10% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
580
Asian
1%
Black
23%
Hispanic
75%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
9%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20%
25% Citywide Average

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?
36%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 8)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St-Grand Concourse; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33

Contact

Principal
Kathy Ortiz

Other Details

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

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