Broad Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in New Grants to Expand Premier Public Charter Schools in New York City
“Charter schools like Uncommon Schools and Harlem Success Academies not only prepare their students for successful futures, they also prove that every child can learn and that public education can be excellent,” said Chancellor Klein. “With such terrific results, it’s no wonder that 30,000 students are on waiting lists for charter schools across the City. I want to thank Eli Broad for this generous contribution, which will allow many more families to send their children to these great schools.”
Schools across the Uncommon network consistently outperform their neighboring district schools and rank among the top schools in their cities and states. For example:
• On the 2008 New York State math and English language arts exams, Uncommon Schools’ students – 99 percent of whom are Black or Latino – collectively closed the “achievement gap” in grades three through seven, out-performing the state’s white students.
• In addition, 96 percent of Uncommon’s New York City students across four schools scored advanced or proficient on math exams, besting the overall state average by 15 percentage points and the white student average by eight percentage points.
• On English language arts exams, 80 percent of Uncommon students scored advanced or proficient, exceeding both the state average the state’s white student average.
• Based on the 2008 New York City Department of Education Progress Reports,
Uncommon’s Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant is the highestranked public elementary school in the city.
Across Harlem, where Success Charter Network schools are currently located, only 42 percent of third graders can read, a figure that drops to 31 percent by eighth grade. In contrast, Harlem Success Academy students on average performed at least one year above their grade level in reading in the 2007-2008 school year. That same year, Harlem Success kindergartners on average performed at a second grade level in mathematics.