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Staten Island, NY
Students enrolled: 377

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1 Teleport Drive
Staten Island, NY 10311

(347) 581-4147
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June 23, 2014
My daughter is finishing her second year at Levelle Prep. The only good thing in this school is the fact that the kids can't walk out, or cut school and that the school calls if a child is absent. I find it hard to believe that this school is a college prep school. The teachers are nice but most times it takes away from having order and this is why the kids do and act as they please. Homework assignments are rare and if given it doesn't take more than ten minutes to complete. I am very disappointed because i had higher expectations in Lavelle. I am pulling my daughter out to get an education that will challenge her for better rather than just get her through. There are numerous opportunities that other schools have to offer her for a brighter future

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February 12, 2014
Dont send your child here they have no control over discipline... The reading scores are horrible and the children lack respect for themselves or authority... A complete waste....

- submitted by a community member

January 30, 2014
Lavelle Prep..This school does nothing for the students and they treat the students like they are nothing. My son has been in this school since the 6th grade and nothing but trouble. I have called the school because my son was being bullied and they did nothing. I had to take matters into my own hands. The teachers are there just for a pay check not to help the student. My son got suspended for tapping on the chair and school told me if I can't pick him I can give verbal permission to let him take the city bus home. Mind you he is only in the 8th grade are you kidding me. No school even high school will let your child leave with a parent. Also the teachers do not reach out to the parents. The staff feels as though they do nothing wrong and your child is the one who is wrong.

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January 10, 2014
If your looking for a college prep school with a lot of low average students with lots of special needs, bullying and suspension central, inexperienced teachers, could be better leadership with students who couldnt make it in a general public school come join this alternate like school its 4 u.

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November 04, 2013
My son is in eigth grade. He says it's a nice school. I don't like the location the school is in and it only has one city bus. It goes by two other schools and it gets really crowded. The kids act very wild on the city bus. The teachers seem very nice, but some don't stay very long. I think if you're going to be a charter school teacher, you should make it a fun learning and caring enviornment. Usually when you hear about schools in the bronx or Philadelphia, the teachers are outstanding. The kids need afterschool activities and should be involved in their community. There should be volunteer programs. All parents should be informed how to be active in their child's school. If parents and teachers work together, this can be a wonderful school. Other schools have chess, math, and drama clubs. It would be nice if this school had those options too. Parents should be informed how to prepare their child for college. Let's make this a great school.

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September 06, 2013
Its really sad that a charter school is getting poor ratings and bad reviews yet, Other public middle schools are getting way better ratings and reviews. Isn't charter schools supposed to be better on performance ? I am a student who will be attending 9th grade this year and i'm NOT looking forward to it because of my experience there last year. I can't wait to transfer to a regular high school but until then I have to go through another year at Lavelle.......wish me luck

- submitted by a community member

August 18, 2013
Keep the changes coming, but these changes are they for the better? Where did the quality staff and students go? The school is that low on funds to have a graduation at a hall? Mission hardly accomplished but keep trying...Generally, high turnovers in staff and students are negative how much are you investing in the staff and students really?? Are the behavioral kids under control....not yet from what I see keep trying...Some charter schools it seems get the kids who were kicked out public schools with no where to go or the students are fleeing from the schools they were zoned for near the projects IS 44,IS 24 etc this is my expereience here.. Submitted by a parent

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January 29, 2013
My daughter has been at Lavelle Prep for two years now. Our experience at Lavelle has been wonderful.. The teachers are outstanding.. They are young and motivated.. They genuinely care about the students progress. My daughters grades improved tremendously.. she likes the small class size.. They keep me informed regularly and my experience with the administration is amazing... very welcoming and always pleasant. The teachers and staff are always very professional. I know they do not tolerate bad behavior... which is a concern for any parent. I know from previous jr. high school experiences with my older children that this is an excellent school and I am very proud to say that my child attends John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School and I am grateful that they have given us this opportunity. My daughter made many friends and she is very happy here.

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April 23, 2012
when i heard they was openning a charter school on the island, I was over joyed! but now that my child goes there im ready 2 take her out!..there is so much that goes on there..the teachers are young and may have a degree but they dont have experience handling kids with disabilities...the way they handle it is to try to get them out of the school..my daughter is an example of this but they dont have to try to push her out the school i will transfer her out where she will be treated better than how she is treated now .this school is such a let down..i would not recommend this school to anyone.

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December 07, 2011
I posted here on Nov 18, 2010. My child made progress in 6th grade- but 7th has been a nightmare. I am now preparing to take my child out of Lavelle. Their talk is great - they promise the world, but deliver nothing. While most of the teachers are dedicated and committed, the school's administration has their heads in the sand and despite lots of parent feedback - prefers to keep the status quo rather then improving the school for its children. Cursing, wandering, speaking and acting out is tolerated in classrooms. My child is bullied daily, and the wellness curriculum is in print only - if you bring a situation to their attention - they turn on you and not the perpetrator. The extended hours mean kids leave school in the dark and then have to complete about 2 hours of homework. And yet, there is little progress in learning or grades. They are probably way too exhausted!! How many adults have a 12 hour day like these kids do? I would caution any parent considering Lavelle.

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December 06, 2011
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS BEWARE!!! This school says it fully integrates all children. It does, but they have no clue how to deal with typical adolescent behaviors OR special needs children. My child attended the school for 2 years and her grades went steadily down. Look at the State Test Scores, ask about the HIGH TURNOVER. Once parents realize how bad it is, they pull the kids out. It was a GREAT MISSION and VISION. Unfortunately, the current Principal, President and Board have failed miserably. Do your homework. While the classes are small, learning is not happening because of the behaviors. No full time psychologist or guidance counselors. 1 social worker. Teachers have to deal with behaviors all day long. Lots of suspensions and bullying. They speak of a wellness program that is only words - not practiced and lived within the school. The hours are 8:30 to 4:30 with only 1/2 hour for lunch. No gymnasium or way to blow off steam. Don't be afraid of your DoE schools. I used to complain about the DoE and now I'm glad we are back in our zoned school and my child is doing very well. Speak to former parents. Get the scoop about Lavelle and CHARTER schools.

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March 28, 2011
i dont agree with this school but some teachers are absolutley fabulus and other teachers are not most of the teachers are brilliant. i think the principal could do a better job.

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March 01, 2011
can not rate this school just wanted information about the special education program how do other parents like it?

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March 01, 2011
I was thrilled when I learned of this school s mission. Nothing could be further from the truth. Teachers and administration do not have the most fundamental understanding of how to integrate children with special needs or emotional challenges. Discipline is through negative reinforcement. They do not have a grasp on how to provide positive behavioral supports, much less a nurturing environment that motivates children with emotional challenges. Perhaps they went (or at least attempted) by their mission the first year, but by the second, they realized the private $ are only there if you have 3s and 4s,and began to push any with challenges out. The parents I met at the open house who encouraged me to send my child are no longer there, nor is my child. This is an extremely demeaning and damaging environment for the child with emotional challenges. You will find more support in any public school, because you have more accountability, caring and experience. The Special Ed coordinator left. Expect others with integrity to leave, as it is not easy to teach in a place that is so at variance with its mission statement.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2011
I'm a parent of a student at John Lavelle Prep Charter School. I feel that the school has good intentions but don't exactly know how to meet the plans. My child is a General Ed student that can keep his grades up no matter what school he attends. However the school suspends the children for various petty situations. The principal appears to be nice but if she isn't fond of the student she will make indirect comments that she think nobody is aware of. There's several teachers employed at the school that are young & obviously don't have much experience with the junior high school children.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2011
My experience with this school has been overall, quite pleasant. My 6th grader got straight A's on her report card and is doing wonderfully. I love the dress code, the small class size, the small school feel. It's great that the principal knows who all the children are and many of the parents. Although not perfect they listen to the families and address any situation that arises. I will be sending my 5th grader there next year, and hopefully when they move to their own space, things will be even better.

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John W Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
1 Teleport Drive, Staten Island, NY  10311
(347) 581-4147
Last modified John W Lavelle Preparatory Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John W Lavelle Preparatory Charter School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top