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Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8, 11-12 | 948 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $496,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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Posted September 24, 2013

My child has attended Promise Academy since it opened in 2004. I believe the concept of the school is a great idea on paper, however the staff has not been able to implement this concept. The teachers are very ghetto and unprofessional. They argue with the students and have no control over the class. Students will be unruly at times but the teacher should always maintain a level of respect. There, teachers lower themselves to the child's level. There are a few really good teachers and the principles of the Jr High and High Schools are excellent. Yet, their efforts are overshadowed by actions of the rest of their staff. They built a new school right in the middle of a NYC housing project and the HS kids are at risk of being robbed on a daily basis. There are a bunch of new staff that do not know the parents and are often very rude. There has also been a host of new rules that are insane and only create a hostile environment for both parents and staff. I really want to stick this out and have faith that at the end this promise will be fulfilled. But unless there are some really qualified educators hired, I do not see a bright future for HCZ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

HCZ Promise Academy is an excellent school! Yes, it's had ups and downs, what new school hasn't? The school is stronger than ever with great Principals, teachers and student advocates too. The school is exceptionally safe, they provide their own school safety staff, which escorts students to the public transportation and patrols the neighborhood during "safety nights." The teachers are caring, smart and really work with each and every student. They have a chef who prepares fresh food for the students every day. The children are encouraged to eat healthier, with a new program launched this year, "Healthy Harlem" The school has several sites and recently built a new school, located in the public housing that is so beautiful! The new school has WIFI and the state of the art classrooms, science labs, lockers, physical, occupational therapy rooms, music and art classrooms. There is FREE after-school for every student until 6-7pm and they provide nutritious snacks for the students as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

This school has amazing teachers but major behavioral issues.Children are very disrespectful to adults and are very disruptive in class.I sat in on one class in my student's class and there is little learning happening and more disciplining taking place.I reward the work of the teachers but I am not sure how much learning is actually taking place.Teachers walk around look very annoyed due to the fact that they cannot teach the material to disruptive children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Jeffrey CAnada has made this program effective and a national model.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2010

I have a 6 year old in kindergarten. She began in Uptown Harlem Gems, based for pre-k. She learned some French and Spanish along with a day full with interesting activities. When she went to K, the only issue I had was the slow teaching pace. She was doing thing she did while in pre-k and because of this her teacher and I couldn t see eye to eye but since the 2nd parent/teacher meeting things have gotten better and she has adjusted to my child s advanced learning. She is reading on 2nd level, + and - large numbers, spelling large words. I am happy she is in a school that will stay with her through college. She loves school, even after-school, and doesn t want to go because of it. She adores her teachers and is having fun while learning what more can I ask for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

This school only holds the kindergarten to 2nd grades. It's awful. Dirty. The first year, when my son was in kindergarten, was great, and his teacher was an amazing man. All the teachers were great that year and so was the first principal. Every one of them is gone. I've transferred my son to a public school, which is sad. They didn't live up to their promise at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

First of all let it be known that the school on 125th street only houses the JHS students. The k-1st grade students are held in two different city school that have a mice infestation. There is also no library, gym or computer lab in the school building. There are 2 to 3 computers in each class with 18 to 20 students sharing them. The teachers and the principal at the 134th street school are fantastic but are forced to work under these hazardous conditions. Many parents are transferring their children to different schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

Promise Academy would be a great school if they had a strict code of conduct for all the students. This school is not safe or an enjoyable place for kids who don't like a lot of fighting, other children picking on you or disrepecting teachers and cursing. This shchool has lost a lot teachers because of the children's behavior. When parents sign up for this school they are not going to tell you all the behavior problems this is school is having, so before you put your child in this school think twice, it's not one of the best charter schools. My child told me it's hard to concentrate in her class because it's so much disruption when the lesson is being taught. I feel the 'new principal' should step in and enforce a 'STRICT CODE OF CONDUCT'. Also, this school needs to stop giving these kids money!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
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 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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
63%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
75%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
79%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
62%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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Chemistry

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Earth Science

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English

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Geometry

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Global History and Geography

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Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
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Native Americann/a
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Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities85%
General population99%
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Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Living Environment

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Male100%
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Physics

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U.S. History and Government

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 90% 19%
Hispanic 1 8% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
White 1 1% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 150%N/A49%
Male 150%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 288%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 47%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
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7.5
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Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 
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7.9
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Parents

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8.5
 

Students

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7.9
 

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7.3
 
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7.4
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Parents

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8.1
 

Students

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6.9
 

Teachers

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7.2
 
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7.8
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Parents

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8.1
 

Students

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7.8
 

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7.4
 

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Parents50867%
Students33590%
Teachers6787%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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35 E 125th St
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