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Brilla College Prep Charter Schools (K-4, 5-8)

Grades: K-8
413 East 144th Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 347-273-8439

Our Insights

What’s Special

Computer-based tasks and teacher-led small groups

The Downside

Suspension rate is high

Founded in 2013, Brilla College Prep Charter serves kindergarten to 4th grade students, with the option to continue in the middle school for grades 5–8 at 500 Cortland Avenue, a five-minute walk away. 

Brilla—meaning “shine” in Spanish—offers a longer school day and a mix of computer-based and teacher-led instruction for reading and math. Classes have two teachers in every room to allow for one-on-one and small group instruction. The day ends at 3:45 pm, Monday-Thursday, and at 1:15 pm Friday, the school website shows. Students are required to wear a tucked in polo shirt and pants or a jumper.

The school highlights its educational approach on the Brilla website. A focus on character education centers around four virtues: courage, justice, wisdom and self-control. One feature of the academic program is a non-fiction studies block, bringing science and social studies to life through non-fiction books and articles, in addition to hands-on activities and labs. 

Students on average outperform other schools across the city on state reading and math tests, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

While teachers are mostly happy with the principal’s leadership, some say discipline and order are hard to maintain in classrooms, according to NYC School Surveys. The suspension rate is above the citywide average. 

Brilla College Prep is housed in the former St. Pius V Elementary school, an older, attractive red brick building that has been renovated, behind St. Pius V Catholic Church at 413 East 144th Street. 

In the fall of 2017, the network opened Brilla Veritas, which will grow to serve students in grades K-8. Two more elementary schools are planned for August 2020. Brilla publishes a newsletter called The Perch with articles about school happenings. 

ADMISSIONS: By lottery in early April. See website for more information. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2020)

 

 

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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?
67%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
48% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
28%
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?
63%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
63%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
58%
67% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48%
64% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
569
Asian
0%
Black
23%
Hispanic
74%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
21%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
13%
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?
32%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
38%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
27%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St; 6 Line to Brook Ave
Buses: Bx2, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx15, Bx19, Bx21, Bx33, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

Contact

Principal
Sheila Mulcahy/Alexandra Apfel

Other Details

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

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