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Mosaic Preparatory Academy

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 324 students

Character Education, Community-Based Partnerships

 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 28, 2014

Lisette Caesar needs to go. She is demeaning. A "teacher" of five years wrote that this school was allotted $250,000 dollars in grants. Wow. Impressive, let's see what "Professor Caesar" does with it. Overall this school has amazing children, however the high turnover rate of teachers should be noted. I warn all future teachers of Mosaic. Run.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2014

Mosaic is a great school. Since my daughter has been attending mosaic she grow academically and socially. my daughter attend the girl support groups in Mosaic . Since she has been participating her self -esteem soars & she outgoing now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

This school has made tremendous positive changes in the community. I have had the pleasure of working at the school for over 5 years and have seen the school move up the continuum. The school has a host of partnerships that allows for students to be involved in extracurricular activities in the afternoons and Saturdays. The school has been granted over $250,000 this year in grants which has helped the school build a greenhouse, have reading nights, fund trips and more. The teachers work closely with the community and administration to provide the students with a standards based, engaging curriculum.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2014

I had an opportunity to visit this school Saturday for an Ice Cream Social event for young girls. It was fantastic. My girls loved it. It was inspiring and also educational for the They learned how to be a young lady with a vision that they can be anything they want to be. Kudos to Principal Ceaser!!!!! I can't wait for next event.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

I have a second grade child.My child feels safe in school. the office staff is wonderful when I had to register my child. it was nice to feel welcome to a new neighborhood. the parent coordinator gave me a nice walk through. my child was welcomed with a book bag with supplies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

I think a very good point has been made in two of the reviews about the fact that there is virtually no parental involvement at this school. When my children were young, the school they attended had a large parents' association and their influence was huge. They were an incredible support to the school. The school always rated 9 or 10.


Posted November 15, 2013

My child has attended this school for almost 5 years, and I think it could be better. Their standardized testing scores could be better. A few of the teachers are excellent, however, most of the teachers could use improvement on their instructional methods and working with the students to ensure their understanding of the material. Too, the teachers need to learn to effectively manage the students. When the teacher learns one of their children are being bullied, they need to effectively explain to the bullying student(s) that it will not be tolerated. The Principal and the Assistant Principal do lack the necessary leadership skills to run the school. Also, there is an extremely decreased amount of / no parental involvement because we have been "walled-out" by the Mosaic Principals and Staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This school is horrible. Special Ed kids are placed in regular classes as if there normal. There's no parent participation. Teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

Horrible school, with an even worse principal! I can't even begin to address the incompetency of this principal! She is demeaning, demoralizing, unprofessional and lacks leadership qualities. Needs to be removed and fired ASAP! If the school had a new principal it has the potential to be good but not a place I would chose to send my child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 5, 2011

Mosaic Preparatory Academy is New York's first public college preparatory elementary school. Scholars learn about college from day one. Professors teach scholars life long skills through a rich, engaging curriculum. A day at Mosaic is a day filled with hands on learning. Scholars learn Spanish, Computers, Dance, Fitness, Art, Music, Karate, Chess and so much more.
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
33%
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

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

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
Hispanic 1 56% 23%
Black 1 35% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
White 1 1% 48%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 114%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 286%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 4%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Wellness Award (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.
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 249 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22280%
Teachers2796%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:20 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. LISETTE CAESAR
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Different Encounters
  • New York Cares
  • Harlem RBI
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Newspaper
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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141 E 111th St
Manhattan, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 722-3109

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