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Community Roots Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 299 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $417,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,440.

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Posted September 21, 2009

a very special school with lots of great families. we feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

It is good because of its curriculum; small classes with 2 teachers per classroom; integrated curriculum units each semester; integration with the arts; involved families


Posted September 20, 2009

My grandson is in his second year there. I have spent some time there, including a 'family' day--every family was invited to plan and conduct activities with the children--it was fun and interesting. The teachers were amazing--very caring but demanding, with high but realistic expectations. They managed a pretty large classroom with a diverse group of kids in every way and pulled it off beautifully. My grandson is very happy there, has learned a tremendous amount and loves it! It is a new school and I was worried--but it is really fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love the teachers (2 per class!), the principals, the programs, the support staff, the community involvement, the kids and the parents. I love everything about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

The staff is amazing, great parental participation, engaging curriculum and so much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Small class size/integrated arts


Posted September 20, 2009

The students are valued and respected as individuals. There is no school with a more dedicated staff. My only complaint is that it has to end after 5th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Every child in America should have a great start education like our children do at Community Roots Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Family involvement and support, small class size, integrated arts, students valued, accepted and respected!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

They care for the children and are not afraid to show that they care. The children receive education and guidance in a loving environment. When my child leaves home in the morning i have no fear or doubts she is in good hands. I just love this school and its great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The Community Roots core values are not just on paper; our children, teachers, administrators and parents bring these values to life in their teaching and interactions. COMMUNITY ROOTS VALUES: Honor Yourself and Others Work Hard - Help Each Other - Work Together - Try New things - Be Reflective
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

It is THE BEST! The most thoughtful, individualized yet cohesive approach to education ever. The work they do is astounding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The teachers are great, the staff is wonderful and the kids are creative happy and supported - Love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

I attended an art class with my granddaughter and the teacher student interaction was amazing. I had a great time and wished they had this kind of approach to education when I was going to school. The education that my grandaughter gets is truely remarkable. I commend the staff on doing a great job. THANKS Community Roots Charter School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

My daughter is not only learning academics, she is learning to love learning. The environment promotes a positive feeling about school for students that really helps to motivate them. The warmth and nurturing; however, does not get in the way of the school operating like a well-oiled machine. The school has great academics, arts and varied enrichment programs. Moreover, everyone works together there. Teachers, parents, administration and support staff come together in a way you rarely, if ever, see in public schools or even the best private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Community Roots is an informal and orderly school - nurturing and supportive with clear standards and high expectations for each child. There is a thriving and healthy partnership between parents and teachers. Attention is also given to your child's emotional and social development. In short - the school takes a holistic approached to education. Other pluses - teachers do not yell; inappropriate behavior is dealt with in a fair, firm and timely manner; the school is committed to community; and with two teachers per class you are comfortable that children are getting the attention they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

My child is getting a fabulous education in a welcoming, nurturing envoronment. CRCS is a small school with two great teachers per class of 25. There are many specialists available to assist children at all levels. The core values are ' Honor yourselves and others, Work Hard, Help each other, Work Together, Try new things, Be reflective'. This is a school that is making a difference in the lives of its students. I could go on and on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The atmosphere is great. The teachers are wonderful. The children are happy and LEARNING.


Posted September 19, 2009

Every morning the directors walk the halls at drop-off time, checking in with parents, children, and teachers. It's exactly the kind of caring, hands-on leadership you want to see in your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The children receive individual attention from their teachers and other staff members, children are well behaved. The children are engaged by their teachers and the environment is overall a warm and loving one, very welcoming for all the children.
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
80%
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 33% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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 30% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
66%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 41% 48%
Black 1 37% 19%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Two or more races 1 7% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A43%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 9%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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Based on 310 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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8.5
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Parents

This school

 
9.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 
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
8.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents23480%
Students4488%
Teachers3280%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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51 St Edwards St
3rd Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 858-1629

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