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Ella Baker School

Public | PK-8 | 321 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2014

This school is a great school I am a sister and my brother has developed so much from this and he reads big words like its nothing and he used to struggle a bit with it. My cousin is coming soon and I feel that this school can help her get her grades up. Ella baker is a school with hands on activities, thorough work and exersice with josh on a daily basis. Everyone is so welcoming you would want to stay here until 8th grade which I am. And so is my brother and my cousin and so many people that have been here since day one. Josh may be a little harsh on fairness but it's all for the better he walks throughout the hall giving high five telling people to have a good day etc. overall Ella baker is an awesome school that everyone should consider


Posted April 29, 2014

very community based and knows each child very well. I feel lucky that my child goes to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Ella Baker follows a progressive educational model, is small, and brings students together from across New York City. You really have to want this for your child to be here with joy. We live in a school district that does not have this type of school available. We consider ourselves quite fortunate to have discovered Ella Baker. Our daughter (pre-k) loves this place. In the mornings, she leaps into school and runs down the hall happy to be there. At home, she casually talks about what she has learned. Her teachers have been so welcoming and supportive. We like the trips which support the learning taking place in the classroom. We like that staff want to be there. We like that the schools co-located in the building have a good relationship with each other. Unfortunately, I think the change in recent years by DOE in how pre-k seats are distributed has affected the school's stability between pre-k and k. I hope the school can manage this change. I also wish the overall parent body was more active. There is a strong core of parent leaders, but the city wide reach of the school may impact the level of overall involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

My child is going to second grade and still struggles in reading. I think the school should invest more in teach writing and reading more than drawing, painting, coloring... Going to the Bronx zoo and taking the kids ice skating doesn't make it a good school. No books or notebooks are required. Homework only once or twice a week, and 1 or 2 pages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

If you are a parent who believe that children learn best when they are happy (which studies show is true), this school is for you. They focus on creativity and student led learning. So many schools are trying to cram a bunch of facts into kids heads. Here students learn through hands on activities, there is work time every day where students can choose from a list of activities, in K its pretend, blocks, sand table, water, writing, art, etc. Really involved calm happy class rooms with experienced teachers that have been there a long time. Very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

I have a child graduating this year. She has been at Ella Baker since kindergarten. I think it is an excellent school. She has excelled well with the program which I thought at times was too liberal. But time has proved it has been successful. She has been excepted into every school she applied for as her first choice. She will be attending a very elite school next September. She has learned to be a very outgoing person and has made some lasting friends. I think the teaching staff is excellent and over the years have gotten to know they really care about the students. It has been an excellent nine years being involved with Ella Baker.


Posted April 1, 2013

A wonderful, small, progressive school with a play-based curriculum. Amazing teachers, great student to teacher ratio. Children love to learn at Ella Baker. It's like a small town school in the big city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

I'm a mom of Pre-k child.. Wonderful teachers! They really take care of our children.. They check if our kids are happy, if they eat well, if they have fun and what they need!!!!! This happen every single day!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

I agree with the struggling student below. My advise to you is get a tutor quickly. I took my child out of the school but I wish I would have donr it sooner. Parents when you have your child take an independent test is when you will truly realize how much they don't know. Also the student are correct the prior graduating classes are struggling my child never had to write a book report or work on a project independently. Everything was done in school and now he struggles to work independently and complete a project. I have been to many orientations and curriculum nights and again the student comments below are correct its all repetative. The principals daughter attends the school and that age group gets to utilize all the extra funding. Also the community coordinators out of control daughter attends as well. This place is a friendly daycare but the children need to be educated. The math teaching is a joke the kids just don't get it the way they teach and they are extremely scattered. The school leadership team is a joke they never discuss the budget or try to get the student outside help the Principal hides everything she is a sneaky slick lady. Get your kids or her out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

I have been a student in Eb for a long time and I want to seriously inform others I deeply regret going there. I hardly learned anything my entire time there because many of the kids where struggling, and not because our curriculum was stimulating or challenging, but because we simply didn't really have strong foundation on any of the major core subjects. The students that were actually capable were dragged because others were failing, in response our teachers would make us review simple math and English rules over and over, which we were supposed to master in 5th or 6th?! Also the teachers can seriously be unorganized. We would work on one project then jump to another without completing the other. Student are barely given opportunity to express ourselves in a variety of extra curriculum too. There isn't that much to do. The only thing I liked in EB was how cool the staff was. They are really kind and concerned for the kids. The school is like a big happy family, but as a student I felt like I needed to put my future before my social life. EB is undergoing many changes, some good and bad, but overall it needs to improve a lot, starting from when the kids are at a young age.


Posted April 17, 2011

I used to think that the whole "no textbook, no test" thing was odd too. You just have to get used to a new philosophy, which is made pretty clear at parent orientation. My son is in fourth grade. He is doing great in academics, but he's also a kinder, more thoughtful person now, since we switched him from "regular" school to Ella Baker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My child's teacher sends a family letter home every week, which explains the curriculum she is doing in her classroom. When I have a question, I e-mail her and she explains it. I also like that much of the day is spent doing projects, and that the projects vary according to the children's abilities and interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I agree with the last persons opinion. This is a place that talks a big talk but does not live up to it. Your regular public school is better. Some teachers are really good, but they are few and far between. The vice principal is running the place. The principal arrives late and leaves early. 3pm sharp. They are very disorganized. Well meaning, but disorganized. The kids seem to all fall behind because of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Stay away from this school. They promise the world and do not deliver. Their curriculum is 'non-curriculum', or your child makes it up as he goes along. Nobody can articulate what or how they are teaching and the are rabidly anti-testing, yeah that thing your child HAS TO TAKE. The problem lies at the top of this school. The Principal is not strong. She's nice, but not much of a leader. the wishy-washiness starts with her and cascades down through the ranks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

I can say that I'm a parent of a 4th grader and Pre K student and been around since Ella Baker came about. I can truly say it's a very safe and friendly enviroment and the kids do learn on their own pace, however I do feel that no matter what school your child attend, parents still have to play a role in their childs acdemic learing procees. So I leave saying eventhough, Ella Baker state exams numbers are not high that does not mean your child is not learning. Test numbers does not prove that your child is smart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

I have been to Ella Baker for three years it was a good school in fun activities but not to much in other activities it was a excellent school and I made lots of friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2009

Ella Baker is truly a great school despite what test scores reveal. When my child entered this school under an NCLB transfer he was struggling socially which prohibits academic growth, when many schools would have given up and recommended alternative placements EB remained steadfast and worked diligently and tirelessly with him. As a result his academic performance improved, test scores went up and he will enter an academically rigorous HS ready to meet any challenges they put before him. More importantly, he has become a critical thinker,life long learner, and best of all a confident, caring young man.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

My daughter go to Ella Baker, and I LOVE it. EVERYONE at that school, and I mean everyone every parent, every teacher, every child is open, accepting, and lovely. The environment at this school is the best for learning and growing that I've seen.......I'm going to miss it and am praying the school my child goes to next year is half as good as this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

I have two children at this school, one in 4th grade and one in Kindergarden, they've been there for six years. I thought like other parents that Ella Bakers' focus on designing their curriculum based on the students interests was good. But the lack of homework, text books and basic boundaries and dicipline has changed our view. We decided to get our chidren tested by an independant learning center and the results were shocking. Our 4th grader was grossly behind in reading comprehension, vocabulary, compostion writing, and 'math' forget about it. Our kindergardener is behind in age appropriate letter writing and math skills but since he's so young his deficiencies are not as severe. Ella Baker is a fierce opponent to standardized testing and based on their low scores I can see why.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

My son has just been accepted into Ella Baker and I couldn't be happier. It is the perfect school for him. Rather than focusing on test scores, Ella Baker focuses on designing curriculum based on the student's interests. Kids have recess twice a day and in the winter, they go ice skating once a week. The balance of play, arts and study is a perfect formula for engaging interest and love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

17 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
41%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
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 29% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%
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 and middle 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 53% 23%
Black 2 33% 19%
White 2 9% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 252%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 25%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

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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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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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents10941%
Students5983%
Teachers1882%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. LAURA GARCIA
Fax number
  • (212) 717-8807

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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317 E 67th St
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