The Rosalyn Yalow Charter School opened September 1, 2015 with 212 students in grades K and 1, and will reach 536 students as a K-5 school in FY2019-20, our 5th year. Some of our school’s key design elements include qualified staff focused on at-risk students; a robust response-to-intervention team, consisting of special education and ESL teachers overseen by a director of assessment; a quality curriculum, consisting of Core Knowledge Language Arts, Singapore Math, and inquiry-based science; high-quality collaborators, including the Bronx Arts Ensemble for art, dance, and music, chess instructors, and fencing coaches; meticulous data-driven instruction, guided by STEP Literacy assessment and NWEA MAP for math.
We promote a team-teaching model, pairing an experienced lead teacher with a social work background in grades K-2; and family involvement, beginning with home visits by teachers prior to the start of school. We are implementing a strong school culture built on character and using the disciplined activities of arts, chess, and fencing to develop the whole child; we have a low student-teacher ratio of 11:1, an extended school day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and a 2-week longer school year.
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