Icahn Charter School 7

Grades K-5

What’s Special

Follows the successful Icahn model

The Downside

Long school day may not be for everyone

Our Review

Established in the fall of 2013, Icahn Charter School 7 started with grades K-2 and will add one grade per year until it has reached full capacity as a K-8 school. It offers small class size, a longer school day and extra help for those who need it most. It shares a building with PS 93 Albert G. Oliver.

ICS 7 is modeled on the original school of the same name, which opened in 2003 in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx and is supported by billionaire financier Carl Icahn.

The days are long, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and classes run into mid-July. Children with low skills spend 45 minutes a day in small groups and must spend Saturday mornings at school. Classes have only 18 students, much smaller than a typical public school, and attendance and test scores are high.

Principal Laura Longobard is a former Icahn teacher and staff developer who started an after school program featuring dance, cheerleading and Girl Scouts.

The high-performing Icahn schools are based on the work of educator E.D. Hirsch who wrote books outlining a base of Core Knowledge he believes every well-educated person needs to know. Starting young, children have many lessons in geography, history and science.

Special education: Teachers are usually able to give children personal attention because of the small numbers. Icahn staff pride themselves on their low referral rates to special education.

Admissions: Admission is by lottery. Priority is given to District 8 residents. (Lydie Raschka, May 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
197
Asian
4.6%
Black
46.2%
Hispanic
45.2%
White
3.1%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
3%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 93
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
429%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
39%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
71%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
44%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
77%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
67%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
33%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
53%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
47%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
69%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
55%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
56%
42% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

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Location

1535 Story Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Soundview (District 8)

Contact

Phone
718-328-5480
Principal
Naudia Bethany

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