International Leadership Charter High School
Mandarin Chinese, Tae Kwon do
Many graduates must take remedial classes in college
International Leadership Charter School offers students the chance to study Chinese, learn Tae Kwon Do, or take part in the Model United Nations. Attendance is good and the graduation rate is high.
It’s an orderly school with a long school day, small classes and afterschool tutoring. Students attend school for three hours on Saturdays in January to study for Regents exams. [photo from school website]
Most graduates enroll in college and top students have been admitted to Fordham University, St. Johns University, and Mercy College, as well as SUNY and CUNY schools, according to the school website. However, only 20 percent of students graduate with the skills necessary to do college-level work, according to city statistics. The rest must take remedial classes.
New York City School Surveys show friction between the teachers and the principal; barely 60 percent of teachers recommend the school. Teacher turnover is high: more than 40 percent of the teachers left in 2015, according to New York State Education data.
The school moved into a new building in 2016 with two science labs, Wi-Fi technology, a full size cafeteria, a library/media center and an adolescent school based health clinic.
Founded in 2006, ILCHS is the first public charter high school in the Bronx. The head of school is a former community activist, Dr. Elaine Ruiz-Lopez, who has degrees from Bank Street College, and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She is a first-generation Puerto Rican, born and raised in the South Bronx, according to a biography on the school website.
ADMISSIONS: Lottery. (Lydie Raschka, school website, phone interview and DOE data, October 2017)
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Bronx NY 10463