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The Equality Charter Middle School

Grades: 6-8
Noteworthy
4140 Hutchinson River Pkway Ea
Bronx NY 10475
Phone: 718-517-3169
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Internships; good attendance and graduation rate

The Downside

Two locations, both far from subway

Founded in 2009, Equality Charter is a solid choice for middle and high school students in the northeastern section of the Bronx. While many students come in with a low level of skills they make steady progress and most graduate on time. Students do internships outside of school in pediatrics offices, with assembly members, or at businesses like Bronx Net, while some apply to work as paid tutors within the school.

The middle school is located in sprawling Co-op City—the largest cooperative housing development in the world—in a building shared with PS 160 and a program for children with disabilities. The high school is four miles south in Castle Hill. 

While there are some concerns about safety and order, founder and director Caitlin Franco said the school prides itself on working with even the most challenging students. "We don't give up on any kids," she said.

“We want kids to know that we genuinely care about them,” said executive assistant Megan Benway, adding this usually leads to behavioral changes over time.

The instruction is mostly traditional. Teachers present material via lecture, slideshow or Power Point, although some staff try to get teens talking more. Students in a government elective participated in a mock political campaign, for example, creating campaign videos and holding a live debate. 

High-achievers may take high school-level math in middle school, and Advanced Placement math and science in high school. While most students go on to CUNY and SUNY schools, about 20 percent attend private colleges and about five percent work after high school. 

There is limited access to the gymnasium in the middle school. The teacher leads dance, calisthenics and sprints in the hallway or takes kids outside to play ultimate Frisbee, team handball or other games. The distance between the schools is a deterrent for some middle school families who choose not to continue in the high school, Benway said.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. The middle school is located at 4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East. The high is at 2141 Seward Avenue. Preference for high school goes to continuing Equality Charter students, who fill about 80 percent of the seats. The school fills any seat that opens in any grade at any time of year, “regardless of credits,” Benway said. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, March 2019)

 

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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?
79%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
41%
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?
21%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
30%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
25%
32% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48%
73% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
31%
65% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
637
Asian
2%
Black
62%
Hispanic
34%
White
2%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
12%
23% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
82%
80% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Co-op City (District 11)
Buses: Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Q50

Contact

Principal
Caitlin Franco/Favrol Philemy

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 160
Metal detectors?
No

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