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K-4
Public charter
Brooklyn, NY
Students enrolled: 541
 

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751 Knickerbocker Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

(718) 240-9162
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June 11, 2015
Wow! Totally convinced someone on the administration team is the person behind these June comments. Unless it's a teacher that came into the school with the Director (GHOST) Ms. Washington. Find me 10 teachers that like their job as a teacher at BW and I will personally shake their hands. Now don't get me wrong the teachers at BW love what they do, they love the kids which I'm almost sure that's the reason why most of them are still there. They just hate the people they have to report to. The comments below just show how low they will go to get new scholars to enroll. Shame on you! Parents do yourself a favor DUE YOUR RESEARCH! Your child deserves to enjoy their school. Be their judge. They don't know any better.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 06, 2015
The teachers are very effective at Bushwick Ascend. I have seen so many scholars have lunch with their teacher in the classroom,and help their teachers. I also see a lot of thumbs up from teachers to scholars. If the teachers didn't effect their lives in positive way, I'm sure what was stated above would not happen.

- submitted by a teacher
Amount of homework: Just right
June 06, 2015
The homework fits what the scholars are taught in class. This allows the scholars to remember what was taught to them.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 06, 2015
I strongly agree that Bushwick Ascend develops respect in its scholars. For starters, the teachers respect the scholars ideas and feelings. In return, the scholars give it in return. Also, through the "Community Meetings" that are held in the classroom, the scholars learn respect for themselves and others, talk about their feelings, how to problem solve. These factors help the scholars at Bushwick Ascend be a well rounded person.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 06, 2015
The strength os this school relays on the communication among staff, scholars and parents. Though the hours are long, love and care are shown to the scholars through various rewards.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 06, 2015
-Teacher. I recently started woking at this school. I have to say that the reason why I chose this school was because their goals are to educate, equip and get the scholars not only to college but to graduate from college. This is encouraged from Ms. Washington down to the teachers. The scholars are greeted at the door as they enter into the school; greeted as they walk down the stairs into the cafeteria. Ms. Washington comes to continue college bound thoughts to the scholars by way of songs (she has a beautiful voice) and the Bushwick Creed. This creed reminds them that they are somebody, and to have great expectations for themselves. They are encouraged to do their best, their very, very best. I'm glad to be a part of a team that's not just saying that the kids are our future but this team is proving it with action.

- submitted by a teacher

June 06, 2015
-Teacher. I recently started woking at this school. I have to say that the reason why I chose this school was because their goals are to educate, equip and get the scholars not only to college but to graduate from college. This is encouraged from Ms. Washington down to the teachers. The scholars are greeted at the door as they enter into the school; greeted as they walk down the stairs into the cafeteria. Ms. Washington comes to continue college bound thoughts to the scholars by way of songs (she has a beautiful voice) and the Bushwick Creed. This creed reminds them that they are somebody, and to have great expectations for themselves. They are encouraged to do their best, their very, very best. I'm glad to be a part of a team that's not just saying that the kids are our future but this team is proving it with action.

- submitted by a teacher

June 01, 2015
-parent. I have been a part of the school community for three years. I can honestly say that students love going to school. The staff are very hands on. The Leaders are visible and approachable and they are on a mission to prepare the kids for college! I have also seen the the School Director in action, she seems energetic as she empower the students to excel and do their best. I highly recommend any parent to consider this school if they are looking to have their child as become a success and achieve their highest potential.

- submitted by a community member
Develops honesty: Agree
May 31, 2015
Scholars know the core values and we are constantly reminding scholars of ways to display great character.

- submitted by a teacher

May 31, 2015
This is my third year teaching at Bushwick. Last year the school's student and adult culture was horrible. Students were unhappy and unsafe and staff morale was extremely low. This school year we've lost a few staff members however the student culture has gone up significantly. Students are happy, families are happy and I'm happy. I have the support from administration and trust that the school culture will continue to thrive!

- submitted by a teacher

May 31, 2015
Bushwick ascend has taken a turn for the better. The new leadership team that are in place now are phenomenal! My scholars have had a hard time with behavior issuses, but this school administration have help me tremendously with addressing and fixing this problem. Now that this new team is in place my kids are more excited about going to school and they are truly learning. I have a direct encounter with my scholars teachers and administration, and the school feels more organized and functions at a level of greatness

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2015
My child has attended this school since he was in 1st grade. I've always had and continue to have positive experiences with my interactions with both teachers and administration. He gets up in the morning very excited to go to school and comes home eager to learn more. I'm a very involved parent and I make sure that my scholar gets the best education available around. Bushwick Ascend provides that for him. To be honest though, I almost pulled him out last year because of all the changes, but I'm glad that the school is back on track. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to all the teachers, staff and leaders who, I'm positive, work hard to make my son's educational career very positive. It's not very easy to get him engaged, but you all do it with ease!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: no rating
May 30, 2015
The teachers are very effective. The school is outperforming its district school counterparts by large margins!

- submitted by a school leader
Amount of homework: no rating
May 30, 2015
Students are given between 30 minutes and 1 hour of homework nightly, including nightly independent reading.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops grit: no rating
May 30, 2015
Absolutely grit is developed in the students. They are taught that you have to work hard to get smart, and the teachers are always working to make sure that students know that mistakes are errors are normal and part of the learning process. This helps the students to become "gritty."

- submitted by a school leader
Develops empathy: no rating
May 30, 2015
Empathy is greatly stressed by the Responsive Classroom approach. In order to be a good student and citizen, one must have empathy for his or her peers. That's why teachers and leaders work hard to model empathy for the scholars in their interactions with students and one another and push students to put themselves in the shoes of others.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops honesty: no rating
May 30, 2015
The Responsive Classroom model emphasizes responsibility as a key character trait to be developed. When students learn to take responsibility and be responsible, they develop honesty, integrity and fairness.

- submitted by a school leader
no rating
May 30, 2015
I would rate my experience at the school very highly. Every time I visit I come away quite impressed with the progress the school is making.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops respect: no rating
May 30, 2015
Absolutely. Students treat teachers and one another with respect at Bushwick Ascend. On the February staff survey, 87% of staff agree.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops grit: Strongly agree
May 27, 2015
Scholars are always encouraged, motivated and pushed to always do their best and finish strong.

- submitted by a teacher

May 27, 2015
This is my first year working at Bushwick Ascend Charter School under the leadership of Ms. Washington who is also in her first year of being the school Director. Although the work is demanding (as with any other jobs) I have had many learning moments and positive experiences working at BW. BW provides Professional Development and teachers receive coaching to help enhance and become better at their craft. I’ve developed positive relationships with my scholars’ parents- parents are allowed to come in and observe (a parent came into my class and observed her scholar hard at work). Parents get to accompany their scholar on field trips and be a part of the field experience. In regards to the leadership, Ms. Washington makes it a point to motivate, push and encourage not only the scholars but the teachers and leaders to always give a 100% and do their best. The scholars respect her both in and out of the classrooms. She leads by example. -Submitted by a Teacher

- submitted by a teacher

April 08, 2015
I am one of those 20 plus teachers who left this year. The reviews on here more than accurately describe this school. As a teacher, the last thing you want to do is leave your students in the middle of the year. But, I couldn t stay and watch the horrible way in which the students were treated and teach a curriculum which was totally not connected to our students needs. The administration is very inexperienced- Ms. Washington, the Principal, has no degree in Education and little to none classroom experience. The special education administration, along with many of the deans, are shockingly under-qualified as well. Disorganization, Disrespect and pure ignorance in regards to child development- that is what plagues this school. I speak for many of the past and current teachers when I say this- do not apply to teach here and please please please do not send your child here.

- submitted by a teacher

October 21, 2014
This school's leadership is so unorganized and unprofessional. They speak to us as if our opinions do not matter. Additionally, so many teachers have quit already this year and it is not even November! The most troubling thing for me is that students with IEP's are not getting their mandated services due to lack in staffing. I would love to be more involved, but it seems that as parents, we are kept in the dark about the things going on in the school. Leadership is not forthcoming, open, or honest. Rather, they are deceiving and often times even disrespectful. I have even witnessed a member of leadership show disrespect to a teacher, which might explain why the teachers look so exhausted, drained, and frustrated. I don't blame them! My child only has 20 minutes to eat, and 15 minutes of recess even though the school day is extended compared to the public schools. There is supposed to be an open-door policy, and yet I have heard of parents being turned away when they have shown up. I sent my child to this school because I thought it was a better alternative to the public school next door, but I am coming to the conclusion that they may not be the case. What a shame.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2014
Great teachers who care, but they all leave!! Poor leadership too. My kid is never allowed to go to the bathroom or talk during the day. It's like a prison.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2013
This school is an awful school. Many parents think the public schools are bad so they look to charter schools. This school is not focused on the right things. Kids come LAST. This school is a deception!

- submitted by a parent

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Bushwick Ascend Charter School
751 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11221
(718) 240-9162
Last modified Bushwick Ascend Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bushwick Ascend Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top