International Leadership Charter High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Mandarin Chinese, Tae Kwon do

The Downside

Many graduates must take remedial classes in college

Our Review

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) 

 

About the students

Enrollment
390
Asian
1.0%
Black
16.4%
Hispanic
76.9%
White
1.8%
Other
3.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
11%
Male
43%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
64%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
62%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
58%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
5%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
4%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
94%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
19%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
30%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
85%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
100%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
40%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
23%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
50%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
43%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
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Location

3030 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx NY 10463
Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 to 231st St
Buses: Bx1, Bx2, Bx7, Bx9, Bx10, Bx20

Contact

Phone
718-562-2300
Principal
Elaine Ruiz Lopez
Parent Coordinator