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Harlem Prep Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 289 students

 

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Posted November 18, 2010

staff members are rely involved in our children education , they tried to do they best but is our obligation to by part of this effort if we work together big things can happen. Don't forget is the second house for our children and we have to be part of that. God bless you all. Elva.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

The revolving door with leadership has done nothing to improve the school. This year's test scores were among the lowest of not just charter schools, but all schools in NYC. The lack of consistency in curriculum, staff, teachers seriously concerns me, and I am looking to pull my child out as quickly as I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

They fired the teachers with experience and credentials and promoted assistants without certification. They are making up the curriculum as they go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Harlem Day had really strict rules about fighting. If your kid was in a fist fight they would have been suspended. This school gets better every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My son was in a fist fight yesterday and no teacher stopped it. All the kids watched and screamed. There teachers got no experiance and the school keeps changing them and a new teacher is in charge every other month.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

My son was punched in the head by another student and there were no consequences for the other student. This school is not safe. We are looking at Promise Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Hi my daughter attebded 4th grade at Harlem Day amd i love her school and teacher ,the teaher helps my daughter excel ,and help her learned to the fullest not but the least to motivated her as well, go HDCS!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My son left the school without telling his teachers today and no one knew where he was. Who is in charge?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My son is a student at HDCS. He's in third grade now but has been there since kindergardern I wanna give a high five to all the staff for encouraging my son to strive for excellence.He has really come a long way. Thanx HDCS Fatima Barber
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

My son attended HDCS in 2007 he entered in the fourth grade. Harlem day has been a great turn around for my son, yes they have changed principals but the learning process has not changed I love the attention my child gets to inprove his academic process. way to go Harlem Day keep moving foward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2008

My daughter attended kindergarten at Harlem Day and I absolutely love her teachers. They helped my daughter excel by keeping her motivated and interested in learning. The turnover of principals I have learned are not because of the school but because of the district. But even though they switch principals the teachers stay the same. And way to go HDCS! You have kept me happy. I can't wait until my daughter starts first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

My child is in the first grade and this is actually her second year, so far I have no problem with the school. She has learned so much and I'am happy that she is able to attend HDCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

My child is in the third grade and has been in HDCS since kindergarden. The school changes every year and the faculty turnover is very high. The children have to deal with change on a yearly basis, which is confusing for them. While the cirriculum and extra curricular activities are excellent, the way the school operates is very frustrating. Also, it would be to the children and parents benefit if the extended day program started earlier than Oct 1st and ended at 6:00pm as opposed to 5:30.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

My daughter just started Kindergarden and so far, I am happy with the school, their curriculum, their attention to student and parent needs. Yes, it has undergone changes in the last few years (I did my research) but to base a childs learning and ridicule the school because it goes through drammatic change is not necessary. I think this year and the years to come will be all for the better. I love this school and am greatful. The PTA is strong too. Way to go HDCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

If you have the opportunity to go to another school go. This school can't seem to hold on to a principal. My daughter started in sept. 2005 and now may 2007 they are working on their 3rd principal. The school does have a PTA. I can say that my child is learning the work, but the question is at what price? I think that is question we all face here at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 31% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
58%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
41%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 "C" 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 19%
Hispanic 36% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
White 1% 48%
Asian 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 52%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 4%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 479 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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents33280%
Students10393%
Teachers44100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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240 E 123rd St
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New York, NY 10035
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