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Heketi Community Charter School

Grades: K-5
Noteworthy
403 Concord Avenue
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-260-6002
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Family-friendly, progressive charter school

The Downside

Not for families looking for strict routines and uniforms

Heketi, meaning "one" in Taino (the language of the indigenous people of the Caribbean), is a lovely name for this cheerful school with a strong sense of unity. Teachers seek to instill pride in South Bronx children and to offer them social and emotional support along with hands-on lessons, projects and field trips. The ethnically diverse staff reflects the student population, and there is a Spanish-English dual language program.

Children do not wear uniforms or walk silently in hallways or between activities, as they do at some charters; instead of using the term "scholars," teachers simply say "friends."

Every day, teachers lead lessons on caring about others, listening and identifying feelings. They focus on virtues such as persistence and compassion. Aside from some novice teachers who have struggled with classroom management here (and sometimes been asked to leave), educators at Heketi find this to be an approach that works.

Kindergartens are stocked with books, math games, blocks and dress-up areas. Test scores are above the citywide average in math but below average in English language arts, not too surprising, given that more than one-third of students are new English speakers.

There was a hum of chatter as kids worked in groups or pairs on our visit. Teachers train the youngest kids to adjust to the give-and-take of working in groups. Stronger readers may join older students so they can participate in more complex conversations about books. Class size is small on purpose to reach all kids, and because many need extra help, said Principal Cynthia Rosario, a bilingual Bronx native.

Opened in 2012 in a building shared with NYC Montessori Charter, Heketi is now in its own location on Concord Avenue next to St. Mary's Park, about a ten-minute walk from the 2 and 5 Jackson Avenue subway station.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes in which children with special needs and general education students are in one classroom, with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education.

ADMISSIONS: Heketi is open to all city students, but preference is given to those who speak a language other than English at home and who are residents of District 7. They do not participate in the charter schools common application. Applications in Spanish and English can be found on the school website. (Lydie Raschka, October 2015; updated August 2016)

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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?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
44%
35% 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?
45%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
267
Asian
0%
Black
26%
Hispanic
72%
White
0%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
19%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
31%
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?
20%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)

Contact

Principal
David Rosas

Other Details

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

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