Family Life Academy Charter School
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Lots of individualized attention
Limited info available on the school’s environment
Family Life Academy Charter School I (FLACS I) is s part of a small network of charter schools founded by the Latino Pastoral Action Center. Like its sister schools, FLACS I offers students a lot of individualized attention. Teachers typically work with children in small groups. The school serves students in grades K to 5, most of whom continue on to the FLACS middle school.
Principal Evelyn Centeno is a seasoned educator. She joined FLACS 1 in 2014 as head of curriculum and instruction before taking over as principal in 2016, according to the school’s website. Prior to joining FLACS, Centeno taught English as a second language for many years and was also was principal of PS 91 in the Bronx.
Instruction in all FLACS schools follows a similar model. Reading instruction is a mix of children reading books and other texts together as a class as well as independent selections with emphasis on fundamentals such as phonics in the younger grades.
Math instruction is particularly strong, By third grade students are mastering grade-level concepts such as equivalent fractions and commutative properties for addition and multiplication.
An academic intervention program offers extra support to students in grades 3 through 5 who are at risk at performing below grade level in English or math.
Every student learns music. They may also participate in the school’s Student Government Association and a cooking club.
There is limited data on the school’s environment, the kind that most schools make available via parent and teacher responses to the annual NYC School Survey.
ADMISSIONS: Lottery with priority to students residing in District 9. (Laura Zingmond via DOE data and web reports, July 2020; photo from the FLACS 1 website)Read more