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Bronx Lighthouse Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 524 students

 
 

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Posted May 22, 2014

My kids have been going to this school since it first open. In the first couple of years the school was doing real good. I was involved Every other day as a parent volunteer But for the past 3-4 years the teachers have been leaving In the middle of the school year and that has taken a toll on our children. There is no stability for our children. We have taken our concerns and worry to the board of trustee and nothing has yet To happen. The teachers and staff say they are here for our kids but are they really? The school is not the same it's not even better it's just gotten worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

I don't recommend this school due to lack of consistency. Inconsistency works as a disadvantage for the students. Students can't realy build a rapport, trust or conficence with any of the staff because they leave by a blink of an eye. I don't trust the administration because of the turn over of staff, tecahers, principal. the school has have an average of 6 principals in the past six years. They focus too much on discipline, and punishing the students instaed of motivating them to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

MY school is ran like a jail they care more about what you are wearing than your eduction. They fire teachers right in front of students and then call the cops while all of the kids are watching.... some people feel or think that our principle is stealing money from the school. we have NO type of freedom. They tell TO eat the school food u don't even like.... There are some teachers that care for us but its the principal that stopping them, from caring, and letting us see light. when we ask for changes nothing is done. DO YOU REALLY WANT YOU CHILD IN THE SCHOOL? we feel like we have no type of say...i mean we have to stay 12 INCHES away from boys and girls......


Posted May 8, 2013

I don't know what these other parents are talking about. This is an excellent school that ensures that the parents are very involved (mandatory parent/teacher meetings, parent nights etc). My daughter is learning new things every day and sometimes it surprises me just how much she knows. I'm so happy with my decision to send my daughter here. She's only 6 and already talking about college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

I DID NOT LIKE ANYTHING ABOUT THE SCHOOL ... IT WAS NOT A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE... THEY NEED TO IMPLEMENT SOME CHANGES .


Posted April 30, 2013

Incredibly disorganized. Bathrooms are filthy. Culturally biased towards one ethnic group. Do not send your kids to this school.


Posted March 16, 2013

The art program is fantastic! The school has taken a huge leap in the right direction this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

I was going to Bronx Lighthouse Prep Academy to observe my child when i was told that i had to make an appointment. she was suspended for one day prior then for three days after two weeks. of school and from the time school started i would say she had bout 22 in house suspension or more in total. Ms. Hardcastle , who is the principal, is not fit for the position. She discourages the kids of their dream and make them feel as if they are not good enough to pursue their goals. She ask a student one time," Do u think ur going to be successful when u get older.? in front of the parent . she is not for the kids and have any concern for their future . she is there only for a paycheck . At least when Mr Tsang was the principal , the school was not failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Bronx Lighthouse is the best school in the Bronx. I am amazed at my 5 year old son singing the continent song and identifying that we live in North America! He's very enthusiastic and loves doing homework. the teachers are truly a dedicated and devoted educator that genuinely cares for our kids. Our school has professionals working diligently with our kids and I feel so secure and happy that my son attends Bronx Lighthouse . The school is extremely serious about our children's future and for that I thank all the teachers, administrators and staff for all their hard work and dedication. Our statistics and our high level of educational goals puts School in the forefront as a leader of excellence. I am extremely proud of my son and his school. Thank you for the School. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

I am extremely happy my daughter is attending this school. It has only been almost a month that she has been attending and already she has learned alot. Their way of teaching is just right and age appropriate. They expect alot from the child but not to the point where it is overwhelming. The school is bright and colorful and very welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This is the first time my child attend this school and so far I love it, The thing I love the most is when I drop of and pick up my daughter I watch and observed how much love I see from parents and kids and staff I hope this continue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

I am so happy that my daughter got in to this school last year. I had been applying for two years. The staff is open and friendly and they really care about the kids. It's definitely a safe place because they're pretty strict with discipline. I also like the focus on college. My daughter is already excited to about college and she works harder than she ever did at any other school. Her grades have never been so good! And she loves going to school now which she never did at her last schools. I think they ask a lot of the kids and us the parents, but its for a good reason. I definitely recommend the Lighthouse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

The school refuses to listen to anything that parents have to say and would not allow us to form a PTA. They instead put up a little suggestion box and told us to utilize it. There is more attention paid to what color belt a child has on rather than whether he/she is excelling academically. Not the best environment for children to learn in. Parents Beware cause in
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I finly found the school for my child. Everyone here really cares and makes sure my son does real well. The school is very calm and clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

I like this school because my child is learning at a exellent pace, and is doing very well, he's above average in his math and he is reading at his grade level. but i have to agree with one of the parents comments on this page, i also feel this school is being run like a milatary, my son liked being there the first year now they are so hard on him that now he doen't even want to go to school at times and askes me can he stay home. 'and there's not much parent involvement?' if the staff there would stop making the parents feel like they are not wanted in the building unless the parent's are voletering, maybe more parents would be involved. and some teachers not all, act like they have no time to talk to you, 'unless u have an appointment'. this is not correct.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

I think Bronx Lighthouse is a wonderful school, they show students about responsibility, what they need to accomplish in life. My son came from PS48 with such a low average in reading and math and now his math has improve incredible. thank BCS for being part of my childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Let me first start by saying: i liked blcs - the whole smaller-group-family-orientated-school-thing is an excellent idea but, somehow the message was lost. When did we start to teach our children with 'humility' instead of understanding and patience? What happened to teaching a child because you want to and love to? Even if you're just a staff member in a school, you're still a 'teacher' to a child. There are some staff members in blcs that don't even like being there. Don't get me wrong, they put up a good front but, when they're asked to do something out of their job description, their true colors start to show. I'm not trying to discredit them...I'm just telling you why I may be taking my daughter out of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2006

With the admission of the new Dean Mr. Ben Phillips and Principal Mr. Jeffrey Tsang, the school is run more like a military academy than an elementary school. Parental involvement is not minimal it is nonexistent. Their is room for much improvement in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

What i like about this school is that it is a family atmoshpere. Everyone is polite, they care what goes on with your child. My dauthter is one of the first child to attend since they open in sept 2004. As far as i'm concern my daughter has progress alot and i will not remove her from this school. I look forward to see her graduate from this school. In sept of 2006 they will finally have their own building.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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10%

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Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

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Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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3%

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Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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18%

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Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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9%

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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13%

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Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the elementary and middle school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 57% 23%
Black 1 40% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
White 1 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 152%N/A49%
Male 148%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 277%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 13%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 8%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents38690%
Students27193%
Teachers48100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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