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K-6
Public charter
Long Island City, NY
Students enrolled: 550
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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36-24 12th St.
Long Island City, NY 11106

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(646) 537-1703
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June 16, 2015
My son attended VOICE from Kindergarten to Third grade. We definetly stayed two years too long. Before I get into my issues, I want to say that my child always came home happy and always looked forward to going to VOICE. They are very safe, and treat all kids equally and do not tolerate bullying. Kindergarten and half of 1st grade were great; however, the school did not live up to its mission statement. My son struggled in writing and they did absolutely nothing for him. In the 4 years at VOICE, I only saw 1 test because I demanded it. And to see that test I had to go in during business hours and sit in front of the asst principal and then hand her back the test (so I wouldn't steal this 2nd grade test or something) Below is my feedback: 1. Lack of communication: I was left in absolute darkness except when it came time to review the report card twice a year. There were no notebooks, exams, results or progress notes. 2. The school is extremely strict and has dozens of inexperienced frightened staff. They lack empathy for the parents and have a response already prepared before they hear you speak. 3. In 2nd grade around April my son got a notice stating if he didn't go to summer school he could not return. They use intimidation tactics that are tacky and premature. I asked them how can to u assume that he will not improve in 2 more months? They didn't seem to care. 4. Never got tests, but got reminders to pay the lunch bill timely. If only they put more effort into communicating with the parents about actual academics. Overall, the school was ok, not as good academically as I would have hoped. I am concerned that my child will be behind when he starts 4th grade in another school.

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2015
If you have children with special needs, don't even think about sending them to this school. As another commenter noted, their main tactics are to isolate and suspend. There were days when my son spent more time in the "recovery" room than he did in the classroom. They do not have the resources to work with kids who are struggling I feel much more supported at our local public school (PS 166). Even if my son had been able to adapt to Voice, I think he would have been happier at a well-run public school. Voice is a bad combination of rigid and disorganized. The school day is long and tiring for kindergarteners, with an emphasis on formal instruction. There are no extracurriculars. Communication often misses its mark, and school events rarely run smoothly. The teachers (young, earnest, trained in progressive methods) mean well, the principal is well-spoken and pleasant, but they are caught up in a system that does the opposite of what it claims to do: stifle creativity.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2015
Yes they are academically rigorous but they are very militant and often lack empathy with the children. They pressure children to perform in the state tests and the children feel very stressed out. They over emphasize state testing and under emphasize effort. If your child is really giving their best effort and if that does not translate into high enough scores, the school will be pressuring you at every turn.. Not recommended at all to any parent who is looking for a school that maintains a healthy balance between academic rigor and a caring environment for children.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
My school is VOICE. I have two children in the school and I am very pleased at how much they have learned and how cooperative and supportive the teachers and staff are. They are all very involved and make the success of the children, their number one priority. I have always felt that they are interested in working with the parent as an integral member of their team. They have daily music classes, art classes and PE a few times a week and the kids are engaged.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
Voice is a special school, personal and very attentive to every child. Mr . Headley demonstrates his care for parents and children, the school introduces treaching with music. Care, purpose and creative ways of learning . I rate this school an A plus.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
Our son has been at Voice since its first kindergarten class (now in 5th grade) and our daughter started there two years later (now in third). We love the school's philosophy as well as the helpful can-do attitude of its teachers and staff. The teachers have been almost uniformly excellent, always clear in their communications with us and willing to try new things in order to foster each individual child. When our son exhibited some physical difficulties with writing, they were quick to offer OT/PT to help and to offer an assistive device (keyboard) as well. The one teacher we were not crazy about was eventually not asked to come back (try *that* at a union-controlled NY City school!). Overall I think VOICE is an excellent school -- not perfect by any means (what school is?) -- but much better than our locally zoned NYC public school and it holds its own with the other charter schools in Queens.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2013
I beleive that the core of a school's success ultimately depends on the vision of its leader-the Principal. And I have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Headley, the Principal has all the qualities of a great leader with an incredible knack and passion to bring success about success. Mr. Headley listens to your concerns and makes it a priority to resolve any problems that you may have. The school has been really good at expanding extra-curricular activities that expose my child to so many learning opportunities. I am very glad that my child attends VOICE! If you care about your child's education, and are a responsible parent, VOICE CS is the right school for your child/children.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2013
My child just got accepted to the Voice school. Can any parents who currently have their child in the school give us a little more insight as to the combination of academics and music guidelines and overall if they are very happy with their child attending the Voice school? Thank you kindly.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012
Fantastic school. Great principal and teachers. My kids are learning over my expectations. Can gladly recommend

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2012
Can anyone expand on how the 2011-2012 schol year at Voice is so far? after a couple years having some issues. My child was selected on the lottery process for next year K, I am eager to know.

- submitted by a community member

July 21, 2011
Music program is unparallel to any other public school in the city. The school does need a better handle on discipline and handling children who are more academically advanced. Still, I absolutely love sending my child here and feel so lucky that my child was accepted. The parent assocation has undergone many changes and they are definitely making things better but there is a severa lack of parent involvement especially in the older grades.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2011
While there are some good teachers at Voice, they do have a practice of hiring inexperienced teachers that do not know how to deal with children that struggle academically and socially in the school. They isolate and suspend kindergarteners and 1st graders that they consider torublemakers. Mr. Headley should invest in child development course for some of the teachers so that they will be better equipped to handle these students. That being said, their music curriculum is excellent.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2010
The curriculum is very traditional and still developing. Neatness, order and discipline are often a challenge. Sharing space with PS 111 means we get the left overs. The music program is very good, the music instructors are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2010
Excellent principal and teachers providing an arts-infused education to a culturally diverse population. The school is small and intimate.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2010
Voice Charter School is a school with a unique vision and approach to young children education. Beside regular curriculum it has an extended program in music, dance and musical knowledge, conducted by professional music teachers. The program is composed such way that makes impression is in a holistic approach to education. Administratively school is very well run and organised. Teachers make very good impression. They are approachable, open for suggestions, take care of the parents and children concerns rather quickly. My son is a Kindergarten student and we are new in this school but so far we are very pleased with it. Voice is a highly recommended school in our area. It was mentioned and recommended by many parents before we applied there. We believe Voice School deserves recognition.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2010
My kids have been going to Voice charter school for a year now. They are thoroughly enjoying their time,as well as,flourishing there. I feel that the level of individual, care and attention given to each student both personally and academically is unbeatable. The teachers are all very good at what they do.This is evident from seeing the progress my kids have made. As well as,seeing how the teachers conduct themselves.They seem to instill a sense of inspiration,therefore the kids want to do well,unbelievable! The Principal has a real passion for education and seems to handle the school very well, with the help of his faculty and staff. He is very approachable and concerned with any need or issue that is brought to his attention. this is truly a school, that I am proud to say, my kids attend.

- submitted by a parent

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Voice Charter School of New York
36-24 12th St., Long Island City, NY  11106
(646) 537-1703
Last modified Voice Charter School of New York is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Voice Charter School of New York Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top