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True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School

Charter | K-2, 5-8 | 549 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $62,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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3 stars

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Posted October 26, 2013

Rochester Prep School teachers don't believe in their own mission statement such as, compassion, respect and INTEGRITY toward the students. I'm very disappointed in this school. The deductions are ridiculious especially when you know your childs character. They also like to discipline the parents which is unacceptable. The amount of discipline they do to the kids is unheard of. I don't even do that much to my own child. I would like to know how they would feel if they got deductions from their paychecks for not calling a parent back. The real world does not do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

Roch. Prep use physical education class as a reward and as a source of punishment. Isn't physical education required by law? Our scholars need to be developing their speaking and thinking ability, the only way this is possible is through communication. They focus on teaching to the test and giving an absurd amounts of homework. The principal is rude and doesn't want to communicate with parents. I had some concerns about the school's assessments and evaluations and requested a meeting with the principal. She never agreed upon a time to meet with me. After I had asked to meet with her several times, she sent the secretary to talk to me and then the parent member. One shouldn't be allowed to be a school leader in an urban area if she doesn't feel comfortable communicating with urban parents. She is unapproachable, rude, and shouldn't be working with urban families, ... any families for that matter. The principal needs to be removed and parents should be a part of the governing body of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

Rochester Prep isn't an inclusive school. They believe in instilling fear in their students and not involving educated parents. Learners' are treated like robots, non-thinking, non-communicating, beings. Learners' need to be able to express their ideas and not be told to put your hand down 99% of the day. The leadership at the school is closed minded and like to gloat about being unapologetic about their limited thinking ability. They threaten students, that's why I am pulling my son from their school and writing the state department of education. An investigation needs to be conducted to review their bullying practices. I was informed by a previous employee that whisper in the children's ear and the children burst in to tears. What is done in the dark will come to the light.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

I LOVE rochester Prep's elementary school! This will be my childs third year. My child is a "star scholar", she was having behavior issues in RCSD Pre-k. She had an IEP and we considered special education. I havent had any issues since we choose RP. She even started reading and writing in kindergarden! I have so much respect for the dedication of the teachers and staff. They do have some strict rules, and may not be right for all students. I like that my chatterbox has to earn lunch time talking, and weekly treasure. They are teaching her many lessons at a very young age (so I know it'll stay with her for years to come). I like the structure they maintain. I feel my child is getting quality education . I do not like the schools location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

This school is great academically, however they do not have a good handle on the social aspect of educating children. My child was bullied repeatedly by another student while attending this school and the teachers did nothing when she reported this to them, not even notifying me, her parent. I wasn't aware of this problem until my child was stabbed in the neck in school and the school still failed to separate the bully from my child. I spent many hours at the school and on the phone trying to rectify this situation, and it was never dealt with in a satisfactory manner. If your child's safety is a concern for you, try finding a school that is more concerned about the safety of its students. Academically, the school is wonderful but if a child doesn't feel safe in school it will do more harm than good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

I would like to say that Rochester Prep is by far the worst school I've had to deal with. They go over board with testing. The kids are testing it seems like every other month with Interval. A test they conduct to see how to prepare the students for the NYS test. The discipline they have is nothing I've seen any where. I think they also go over board in the halls. They have the students standing in line in a black box and if their foot is on the line they are given a deduction. They can't even talk at lunch. The tutoring they offer doesn't help. The teachers don't care and they make your life miserable. They offer NO support. I wouldn't recommend this school. They really need to take a look at how they are doing things. I rate this school 1 star only because it's a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

This school gets results without teaching to the NYS test. They are serious about College Prep. They reward good behavior and punish poor choices. At times, the punishment is extreme compared to the infraction. For example, the entire class losing phys ed because of perceived poor behavior in another class. Phys ed is as much a requirement as math. The staff was receptive to my concerns, but we ultimately pulled our child. Computers are a privilege? No music classes, although there is Enrichment which is a nice catch-all for some of the resources the school lacks. Committed teachers who put in long hours even host regular, optional Saturday school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

My son has been in this school since 5th grade this year he is entering 7th grade and I will say he learned more within his first 2 weeks in this school then he did the 4years in the city school district. I am completely grateful for the dedication the teachers and principal show because this allows all the kids to know caring for your education is most important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Alot of parents don't know about this school,but it will have your child be something in life. Also, this school will teach your kids so much manners if they don't. The teachers will make you correct yourself if you do not speak correct english. I love it!! I recommand this school for any child.
—Submitted by a student


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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 30% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
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 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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
90%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
13%

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 36% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 2 90% 19%
Hispanic 2 7% 23%
White 1 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 151%N/A49%
Male 149%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 280%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 21%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 0%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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  • MR. DAVID MCBRIDE

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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