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Harriet Tubman Charter School

Grades: K-8
Noteworthy
3565 Third Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-537-9912

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on science

The Downside

No full size gym; school in two locations

Founded in 2004, The Harriet Tubman Charter School is a kindergarten through 8th grade school with a focus on science. Students are called scholars and wear uniforms of khaki pants and white shirts. The school day is longer than a typical public school day.

The school has a Maker Space and a Robotics program; 5th through 8th grade students participate in frequent hands-on science lab experiments. A video on the website shows children examining goldfish under microscopes as they study blood circulation in fish. 

State test scores in reading and math are solid and improving, including for children with special needs and those learning to speak English. The school does not recruit as many English Language Learners and students with disabilities as other schools in the area, such as PS 63, which has roughly double the number. Recruitment efforts show up in board meeting minutes on the Tubman website, such as outreach to local public housing developments.

Tubman is housed in two locations about half a mile from each other: students in kindergarten through 4th grade are located at 3565 Third Ave., while 5th through 8th grades are at 1176 Franklin Ave.

The Third Avenue location is a former supermarket building whose parking lot has been turned into a schoolyard with climbing equipment and swings for the youngest students. A cafeteria, all-purpose room, library, and computer room are on the lower level. The upper school is housed in a former Catholic school. There is no full size gym in the building.  

Tubman is run by LearnNow, a division of Edison Schools, perhaps the best-known of the for-profit public-school management companies. 

ADMISSIONS: A lottery is held in April.  Priority is given to District 9 residents. Seats have opened in grades K, 1, and all middle school grades in recent years. Some students leave because they move out of the district, according to board meeting minutes. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 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?
92%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
6%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
16%
34% 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?
70%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
61%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
61%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
2%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
663
Asian
0%
Black
60%
Hispanic
37%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
9%
English language learners
10%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27%
23% 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?
36%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
36%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
47%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Morrisania (District 9)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Freeman St
Buses: Bx15, Bx19, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

Contact

Principal
Cleveland Person

Other Details

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

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