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Inwood Academy For Leadership Charter School

Charter | 5-9 | 575 students

Our school is best known for creating leaders from within our community.

 
 

Living in New York

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $299,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 26, 2014

Inwood Academy Charte School is an amazing school. Children and parents are welcome and treated with care and respect. The staff goes out of their way for the kids and each child is treated as an individual. Not every child learns at the same pace and IAL works to make each child feel special and cared for. I will always sing praises about the school. Thank you for helping both of my children to become interested in learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2014

Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School (IAL) is a free, family-oriented, teacher-run school. We are committed to excellence and choice in public education for the families of Inwood, Washington Heights, and Upper Manhattan and are delivering on that commitment. IAL's academic program is designed to inspire students' intellectual curiosity and confidence. Our program utilizes the NYS Common Core Standards to pair content knowledge with skills development. All IAL scholars take classes in four core subjects - English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics - as well as Art, Language, Music, Writing, PE and Health. We provide intensive support and remediation for all English Language Learners as well as students scoring below grade level. This support includes multiple teaching "specialists," proven math/reading remediation programs and our Summer Boot Camp combined with after-school and Saturday classes. Please visit our website at www.inwoodacademy.org to learn more about what makes us an exceptional public school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 23, 2013

This school is wonderful. Even though they are going to have a high school they encouraged us to apply to other schools but I'm definitely staying there. They try to be really honest with us. If we do something disappointing we have a school wide meeting. We try to express the idea of family and being able to trust one another. It's like a home outside of home. Anyone can find where they belong and feel loved and cared for.
—Submitted by a student


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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 30% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
54%
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 29% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
69%
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 29% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
n/a
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 36% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 1 87% 23%
Black 1 10% 19%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 218%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 183%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 25%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 10%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
Special education coordinator
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Art teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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 496 responses

This school provides ... 1

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
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 
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
8.6
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.2
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 
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
8.3
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 
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
8.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents25281%
Students22198%
Teachers23100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Christina Reyes
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.
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433 West 204th Street
New York, NY 10034
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Phone: (212) 437-8361

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