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American Dream Charter Middle School

Grades: 6-8
510 East 141st Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-585-3071

Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids become fluent in both English and Spanish

The Downside

Early start may be difficult for some

Opened in 2014, American Dream Charter is a small middle school designed to teach students in the South Bronx to speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish with equal degree of fluency. This dual language school has received approval from the New York State Board of Regents to expand to serve grades 6-12.

The schools founder and principal, Melissa Melkonian, is a former bilingual special education teacher in New York City schools and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. In designing the school, Melkonian drew from her own experiences learning English.

Overall, teachers, parents and students give the school high marks for safety, communication and setting high standards, based on responses to the 2015-16 NYC School Survey.

Test scores run average for the city, but exceed the District 7 average. The school has a particularly strong record with special needs students, whose scores exceed citywide averages.

Student enjoy field trips such as a 6th-grade overnight trip to Camp Ramapo, 7th grade trip to New York Liberty basketball game, and an 8th grade trip to an adventure park, according to the school's website. Every child is given a Kindle e-reader; each classroom is stocked with ChromeBooks, according to the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting.

The school day starts early at 7 am and runs to 3:30 pm. American Dream shares a building with PS 30, which also has a Spanish-English dual language program.

The school's expansion is being designed with help from the Harvard Business School Club of New York, according to the organizations website.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: For 2017, 21 percent of the student body receives special educations services; 23 percent are English language learners.

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted by lottery with priority to those residing in District 7, siblings of current students and English language learners. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, 2017; photo from school's website).

 

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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?
91%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
43%
33% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
31%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
46%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
421
Asian
0%
Black
5%
Hispanic
94%
White
0%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
19%

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

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?
16%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Brook Ave
Buses: Bx17, Bx33

Contact

Principal
Melissa Melkonian

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 30
Metal detectors?
No

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