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Urban Choice Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 395 students

 

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Posted November 23, 2012

I do not recommend this school because the kids do not learn much...they are playing almost all day long!!! Elementary school so so and middle school bad. The Middle school teachers dont teach much at all. The CEO one day like you the next dont...do not value your work! Again I don't recommend youthis school!!! Some of the teachers are excellents others I'm not sure if they are teachers???


Posted November 16, 2012

As a former teacher, I'm glad I got out when I did. I was treated with disrespect as I had to teach some of my enrichment classes in the hallway. I truly feel for the students, as the turnover for both administration and educators has run rampant. Teachers, administrators, and staff alike may be put on the chopping block mid-year. This school harbors a culture of fear and the students suffer for it. I do not recommend this institution.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2011

The lack of communication and respect for staff and teachers is lacking. The positive effort and dedication we put forth is met with no appreciation and we are chided with negative feedback and criticism rather than given support, encouragement and respect.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 1, 2011

my child has been at this school since they opened the elementary shool is EXCELLENT but the middle school is not lack of communication with the teachers no matter how many meetings you have with them and say the same things teachers have to give respect to the kids to get it i just dont see that at the middle school my child will not be there next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

My kindergartner has been at this school since the fall and is making huge strides in self-control, academics, and enjoyment of group activities. The teacher is accessible and loving with the children, the staff is great and they all know our names. The teaching methods are standard but they put a large emphasis on relationships, which really helps the kids center. There are aspects of the overall curriculum that are innovative, like daily music classes and weekly dance. The classrooms are calm and the kids understand that they are there to work. My main gripe is with the transportation system, which relies on the city school district and leaves my 6 year old sitting on a bus for 1-2 hours at times. My other gripe is that they don't get enough exercise when the weather is really cold. They really encourage parent involvement, though not all parents are able to be very involved. I am very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Now a K-8 school it is an amazing school that truly has the best interest of the children in mind for all their decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Urban Choice Charter School has the best teachers and staff, with an overall enthusiastic approach to learning. My children just love it there....and so do I!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

My son and I love this school, the teachers are caring and the administrators really care about the children. The diverse curriculum is great and when my son comes home everyday, I ask him how his day was and he says; 'Awesome'. Can't complain about that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

This is an amazing school. The administration and teachers are the best. They all care about each and every student and the acedemics are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

I love this school! There is an amazing sense of family and community the minute you walk in the door. The teachers are WONDERFUL! The vibe is strong and the teacher student ratio is extremely small. Would not be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

I used to love this school but between the principal, the lack of parental respect and the lack of real school environment has change my mind and opinion about this school. Some of the teachers are out of touch with the children. There is a lack of togetherness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

Economics, comparative religion, engineering, music, second language, LOTS of physical education, differentiated curriculum. And this is elementary school! What more could you ask for? This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

Academically the curriculum is sound, even innovative, teacher support, dedication, and enthusiasm are wonderful. Best of all, the classrooms are calm, not chaotic, but the kids still have fun. It's not prison, just a good place to learn. This school is a hidden gem. You need to see it before you make a decision. I know many of the surrounding schools and it ranks above them all in so many ways. Parent involvement is an issue, but that's because it serves a large poor population, who work many jobs and not much money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I love this school! The principal, teachers, and other staff are enthusiastic and really care about the kids. On the first day of school, returning students were hugging their previous teachers. My son has been there one week, yet everyone knows his, and my, name. I also appreciate the breadth of the academic program. In addition to core subjects,art, music,fitness,Spanish,technology and nutrition, my kindergartner can choose an elective, which could be anything from quilting to dance, to take 3 afternoons each week. My son loves school and his teachers. I like the community atmosphere. There are so many caring adults on hand to supervise and instruct the students, and they focus on creating a healthy and safe place for students to learn.Teachers reach out to communicate with parents and families, and not one returning parent I spoke with had a bad thing to say. This school is worth checking out.
—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 31% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

45 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
43%
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 31% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
34%
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 34% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
12%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

42 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
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 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 65% 19%
Hispanic 21% 23%
White 8% 48%
Two or more races 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 13%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 5%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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