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K-8
Public charter
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 706

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36-12 35th Avenue
New York, NY 11106

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(718) 392-3405
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September 30, 2014
Many of the best teachers have left in recent years. Lower pay and benefits (compares to NYC school) is turning OWNCS into a place for new teachers to gain experience, build up their resumes, and find a new job.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2014
This school should do something about the high turnover rate. It says a lot about the environment when good teachers leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
My son is now in 4th grade and is thriving academically and socially. The workload is heavy and expectations are high. Every teacher he has had, from grade teachers, to music, to Spanish, to art, has been amazing, dedicated, kind and caring. The school is ethnically and socio-economically diverse, and that diversity is celebrated. Mr. Ferguson is a wonderful school leader who makes the children's needs a priority. There is great communication between the administration and the Parent Teachers Organization. The PTO is very active.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
This school thrives because of wonderful, motivated teachers who go the extra mile and parents who are very involved and engaged in the learning process. The workload is heavier, since the introduction of common core, but this is the case across the board these days.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
OWNCS is a great environment for children to play, learn and excel. My daughter has blossomed while attending and I'm excited for many more years at OWNCS.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
We have been most impressed with this school. Some data: *Ranked #11 by The Observer for Best Middle School in New York City in 2012; *Ranked a "Notable School" by InsideSchools; *over 3 consecutive years, 90%+ of OWNCS parents reported "high satisfaction" with the school according to DOE surveys; *the majority of students go on to their first choice high school; *the school has implemented a comprehensive plan to assist special needs children; *and over four consecutive years the school has had over a 500 student waitlist. There is strong parent-teacher coordination, and real sense that this a community. The administration has a strong strategic vision that embraces diversity and demanding academics. Sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball are all offered, along with salsa and African drumming. A big league school with high expectations of its staff and students, and a record to match.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
MY CHILD WENT TO THIS SCHOOL. TEACHERS SEND THEIR KIDS TO THIS SCHOOL. DEFINITELY FOR SMART KIDS. NOT GOOD IF YOUR KIDS HAVE IEPs. THE SCHOOL HAS THE WORST STAFF BUT GREAT TEACHERS. IT IS A MIRACLE THE PLACE STAYS OPEN. PHONE NEVER ANSWERED. NO CALLS/E,MAILS RETURNED UNLESS IT IS TO THEIR BENEFIT. FUN PLACE TO WORK, KIDS NOT FIRST PRORITY. PARENTS GET IN THEIR WAY. IF YOU WORK A LOT AND HAVE A SMART KID THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL. WARNING THE BOARD IS THE PRINCIPAL'S BEST FRIENDS. AGAIN GREAT TEACHERS!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2011
Strong leadership. ELA and Social studies curriculum outstanding. Math program has shown amazing improvement. Science curriculum is nearly non-existent with inefficient teaching.. And administration is beginning to look like nepotism central. A very good school that I still recommend to others, but it needs to expand administration to include a representative sample of the community. In this economy, it seems laughable that the ONLY people hired are relatives or friends of administration. This needs to be addressed by the boar before it affects the good reputation the school has as a diverse community.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
One of the best schools in Queens. Strong leadership by the principal, diverse school, a lot of parent involvement. Strong academics , small classes and caring teachers who are determined to have the students succeed.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
This school has encouraged my child to be their very best. Teachers and staff are great. Middle School academically excellent.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
I have two children at OWN and have been very happy with the atmosphere in the school and the quality of the education. The kids are engaged intellectually, and happy socially. The school has some physical obstacles -- for instance a space shortage, including lack of a gym or playground in the elementary school. However, this is the kind of school that promotes respect for others and a love of learning, but has to make do with using the gym at a local health club (NOT too shabby a solution, if you ask me!) I have concerns about the middle school, but we still have a couple of years, and I understand there have been improvements such that there is more continuity between the elementary and middle school experiences. So far, my family is very pleased with OWN and would recommend it whole-heartedly.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
My child has thrived at this school since First Grade and will be graduating this year. It has had growing pains and struggling with the demands the NYC DOE puts on it as well as funding but my child has excelled academically. This school is very academic oriented and encourage my child to be their absolute best. Great teachers (bad ones don't last long) and high standards. The only thing I wish is that the school had an expulsion policy. There are a handful of kids who don't really belong here - when there is a waiting list of eager students to get in.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
It has been an amazing experience. The teachers and administrators work so hard to make sure our children get the best education. They take the time out to support all their needs.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
As a parent of a middle school child I am not at all pleased the way the school is being run. I find that some of the staff singles out certain students & are quick to issue detentions or punishments without having all of the facts. They are quick to believe certain students while others are not given the benefit of the doubt. I also find that when I as a parent request to have a meeting with a staff member I should be accommodated. Instead there is never a response to my request. The senior trip that is planned for the students is not a fun type of trip - I feel it's more educational. Not even a prom is being offered - while many public schools do have that option. From my experience I wouldn't send my 2nd child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
If we were talking about the elementary school, I would have given 4 stars... great atmosphere, excellent academics, fantastic teachers. Always room for improvement...high teacher turnover!! When your child goes from 5th grade onto the middle school years, as a parent one must look to competing in the wider world of high school and beyond. 7 years ago, there were promises made of a focus on getting our school K-8 under one roof, with a proper gym, lunchroom, music room, science lab etc. So far, our leadership has failed in that regard. Our middleschoolers are still 'doing without' and that is sad. We have a music program with no musical instruments!! The up-side is the small community feel of the school. The teachers work very hard with 'what they have'.

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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2009
I am a student in the Our World Neighborhood Charter School Middle School and I was new in that school.I started that school in September and I loved it.A lot of the teachers arenice and treat children with respect over there.For anybody who wants to go to that schoolit's a great school ith great education.

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November 02, 2008
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October 09, 2008
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April 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2008
I am a student at the middle school in OWN. The teachers are very nice(most of the time), but I'm extremely bored. I get 4s on my standardized tests and 100s on tests in school. I finish all my work long before the bell rings. Another thing: they punish everybody. They take away the whole grades priveleges, even if its only 5 people misbehaving. They say the students are responsible for other students behavior. I do what I'm supposed to do and do my work. I do not enjoy getting yelled at. I dont enjoy having silent lunch. I want to get into another school for 7th grade. I hope I make it into that school.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 14, 2008
I have been sending my children to this school since opening day, September 30, 2002. I have, until this year, been absolutely thrilled with the school. However, I do not like the direction the school is going rgarding testing. When the school was founded, the idea was to put as little emphasis on testing as possible. In this NCLB world, I know some test-stressing was necessary, however, I find that my children are now being taught to the test. A letter was sent home today by the assistant principal stating that test scores will be directly related to promotions. While this is not an issue for my children, the pressure being placed on the state tests is becoming onersous, and I am seriously reconsidering my own commitment to the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
I have 3 children attending OWNCS, my oldest being there from the start in 2002. The school got off to a slow start, starting from scratch, and has progressively moved forward to be a top performing school in the district. The testing is necessary for the school to remain open according to the rules set forth in the original awarding of the charter by SUNY in 2001 and in the 5 year renewal of the charter earlier this year. There is homework every night with teachers encouraging parents to get involved with their children's education. The principal is doing a very good job, always looking for ways to improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
My children have been attending OWNCS since it started. I am very pleased with the school in general. The children feel very comfortable and interested in school. There is absolutely no pressure on testing and students are motivated at all times. I particularly like the fact the there is so much cultural diversity (even more than the rest of NYC schools) and the acceptance children get by being 'different'. My children are part of a minority group and receive special education. The principal is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
I am completely satisfied with OWN. My daughter started there in first grade and I saw so much improvement in her academics during her first year. The Principle is wonderful as are faculty. I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews and to that I say if you are that disappointed with the school then leave, I have another child on the wait list that I would love to get their seat.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
In kindergarten my daughter scored below the 50th percentile. In second grade she jumped to 82%; reading 99%. Reading was a struggle for her but her first grade teacher was amazing. There is less emphasis on test preparation than other schools. Anyhow, how else can you compare the schools nationally? Without preparation, students score poorly and don't accurately reflect their knowledge. The principal is actively involved with the teachers, students, and PTO. Parents feel welcome in the classroom; teachers are accessible. Unlike other schools OWNCS doesn't keep teachers because they are tenured. Only those up to par return. Teachers are not there for the 'benefits', they love teaching and their enthusiasm show. My daughter loves learning thanks to a student-centered approach; subjects are presented in an interesting manner. The gym, spanish, and music teachers are excellent. OWNCS is doing great on its limited budget and gets better every year.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
OWNCS is a disappointment. As others have pointed out it is poorly managed and overstresses test preparation. Teachers are not able to give students the skills they need for life learning. I am surprised there isn't a bigger turnover in staff and student composition.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2006
I would not recommend sending your children to this school. While I disagree with some other parents, I think the special teachers are the best in the school, along with the kindergarten teachers. while the rest of the school seems to do their own stuff and not focus as much on the students. I also think there is a lack of support through out the school

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
My son has been attending OWN Charter School since they opened their doors. While I feel it is a safe environment and don't want to have my son start over in a new school, the thought has crossed my mind. The school is run very poorly, They give no notice about upcomming events. I agree with the other parent on too much time focusing on test prep instead of just teaching. I also have only liked one teacher my son has had. The others should have picked another profession.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
July 09, 2006
This school isnt organized.They only person running the whole school..We luv ms whitney....Lolzzz...Nd ms arnstein...Everything else isnt organized except they organize the whole school..Nd there isnt princi[ple support.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
I am so satisfied with the kind of education my child is receiving from own charter school. They have great teachers and safety of the children is their priority. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

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May 05, 2006
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April 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I have not been overly impressed with the staff at OWNCS. In the 3 years my child has attended, she has had 1 excellent teacher, one very good, and one very poor teacher. The 'special' teachers, such as Spanish and art are not great. The curriculum is very challenging, and while interesting and diverse, can be a bit much for an 'average' child or a child with any learning needs/issues. There is a heavy homework load, even in the lower grades, which some parents like, and others do not. There is heavy focus on state testing, to the point where a great deal of class time is devoted to practice testing, and I feel that they are putting a lot of pressure on the children [my child is only in 2nd grade] and 'teaching to the test', rather than focusing on the basics. I have not been impressed with the principal.

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July 30, 2005
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May 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
Before, my son came to OWN, if he was absent from school, he wouldn't consider calling his friends at school. Since, my son started OWN, which was 3rd Grade, he always calls, his friends to find out what he missed. This wasn't because he had to, it's due to the fact OWN's curriculum engages him, to the extent he wants to know what he missed. When my son was in a local, private, Catholic School, he said school is so boring. I've never heard that from him while being at OWN.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
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Our World Neighborhood Charter School
36-12 35th Avenue, New York, NY  11106
(718) 392-3405
Last modified Our World Neighborhood Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Our World Neighborhood Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top