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Community Roots Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 299 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2013

My school is amazing the teachers are nice to you, the way they teach you is friendly and not pushy. you call teachers by their 1st names which gives you a strong connection with the teacher, and i make a lot of new friends because of the diversity of the people.


Posted December 16, 2011

Simply put, Community Roots is an awesome school! When you go on a tour, you want to immediately enroll your child. The high quality of care and concern for each student is unbelievable. The teachers and staff work hard all day, everyday. The school's leadership is strong and progressively makes sure that your child is given the best opportunity while learning and performing at his/her best each day and enjoying school in the process. At the end of the school day, your child doesn't even want to leave. The afterschool program only adds to the dynamics of the school. As a parent you will notice, that your child is truly happy and looks forward to going to school. All the children are like sisters and brothers. CRCS is a real family. The best interset of each individual child is the heart of the matter. If your child attends CRCS, you're very fortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

Community Roots inspires Teachers, Staff, Students and Parents alike. The leadership invites everyone to come together and share their ideas and energy to provide our kids with all the support they need to succeed. The expectations are high for our children, both academically and emotionally/socially and with the tremendous support network they have created helps them to meet those expectations and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

I love Community Roots Charter School because they teach children significant skills that will stay with them throughout their lives.They also foster Community building & service through integrated studies, trips, art, science & many other creative ways.This multiculural school is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The school teaches students to work hard and never give up. They allow the kids to learn in many different ways and that is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Great community and excellent progressive education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

Great, progressive, smart teachers, Incredible prIncipals, 2 teachers per classroom plus an assistant, arts teachers. music, science sports teachers, social workers , curriculum specialists.. It is just Great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

They have caring teachers and staff that not only make sure that your children are getting a great education, but are also helping parents to develop well rounded individuals that will use the schools "core values" for the rest of their lives. Many thanks to Alli & Sara the schools co-directors; and to all the teachers and staff for all that you do everyday for all of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

2 amazing teachers per class - great music and art programs, incredibly committed administrators, wonderful enrichment programs. It's an amazing school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

It's a small school where everyone looks out for each other and instills strong core values: Try new things, work together, honor yourself and others, be reflective, help each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

There are so many great activities for the children. This school makes learning fun and interesting and they really motivate the children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

This is an excellent small school with two fantastic teachers per class, lively classrooms, a wonderful integrated studies program. There are fulltime music, art and science teachers. Parent involvement is encouraged and staff and the principals are often walking down the hallways checking in with parents, teachers and kids instead of sitting behind their desks. It's a vibrant, rich learning environment and an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

Great school to nurture and academically stimulate their students


Posted September 24, 2010

Parent involvement, two teachers per class, science and art two times weekly for all grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

The teachers are great and very well prepare. I like The focus on reading as writing and the sense of community even though it has around 300 students you feel you know everybody and all the staff has is very attentive,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

CRCS has great diversity, excellent and caring teachers and staff, and a rich curriculum that teaches children how to make connections between what they learn and the world around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

The school has a very progressive approach to education and a genuine commitment to building community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Because they can reach each of my 3 kids with their varying abilities & needs. Because they make parents eager to be involved. Just a fabulous place with a progressive, inclusive approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My son started at CRCS since it's opening. I have found most of the teaachers to be very smart, kind,passionate people. I believe my son has grown as a reader, writer, mathmatician, and scientist. The teachers and admnistration are always accesible. They listen to parents and they care not only about academics but my son's social and emotional growth. I especially love Rebecca and Sabha ( Kindergarten) Brandy and Lori (first grade) and Todd and Michelle ( third grade). Community Roots is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Community Roots is pretty amazing. My child is now in the third grade. She likes her teachers. She feels respected, she feels that her opinion matters, she feels that she has learned different strategies to learn and the way she learns matters to her teachers. she can speak to both Alli and Sara the principals . She has grown as a reader, a critical thinker. She's made great friendships. The teachers focus on academics but take great care and time teaching great social interaction skills. She still talks about her two kindergarden teachers Sahba and Rebecca. They were just great. The principals are great. Community Roots should win this $20,000 , it is wanted, it is needed, it will be well deserved and be guaranteed it will be put to good use.
—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 2 37% 19%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
Two or more races 1 7% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 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 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%N/A43%
Female 251%N/A49%
Male 249%N/A51%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 

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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  • MS. ALLISON KEIL

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

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