Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School

Grades: K-4
685 East 182 Street
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 347-708-0480

Our Insights

What’s Special

Teachers trained to support children dealing with trauma

The Downside

New untested school

Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School has a longer than usual school day and year. It serves all students who are accepted by lottery but teachers are trained to give special attention to the needs of children in foster care, and those receiving prevention services. 

Founded in 2019, the school opened with kindergarten and 1st grade and will add one grade per year until it is a full K-5 school with 450 students. The school day runs from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm four days a week with a dismissal of 3 pm on Thursdays to allow teachers to plan, according to the school website. 

Each classroom has two (or three) staff members; one general education teacher and one special education and/or teaching assistant, depending on the needs of students. Special classes offered are music and art.

Teachers are trained in the Sanctuary Model, an approach to help staff recognize trauma and understand how it affects children. Developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom, the model uses practices such as “morning meeting,” where teachers check in on kids’ well-being and build trust. 

Children who have experienced trauma typically have difficulty focusing in school and are more likely than other students to perform poorly on tests, exhibit unsafe and/or other negative behaviors and lack motivation to achieve, the school website explains.

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services provides individual and group student counseling, health screenings (dental, vision), psychotherapy, tutoring, advocacy, family counseling and more.

Head of School Jennifer Fedele was director at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, where she managed a trauma-sensitive educational program.

Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter is located in Aquinas High School, a Catholic girls school in District 10, a few blocks west of the Bronx Zoo. 

ADMISSIONS: Lottery with preference to District 10. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Belmont (District 10)


Jennifer Fedele

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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