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Concourse village Elementary

Concourse Village Elementary School

Community School District 7

Bronx, NY
Grades K-6
Principal: Alexa Sorden

ENROLLMENT: 364

Latinx
66%
Asian
26%
Black
33%
Multi-racial
1%
Free/ Reduced Lunch
96%
Students With Disabilities
17%
English Learners
10%

Prior to 2013, Concourse Village Elementary was deemed a “persistently dangerous school” by the state of New York.  The school had been led by two different principals and closed twice.  In 2013, the school reopened for the third time under the leadership of Alexa Sorden.  In light of the chaos and disrepair she observed, Principal Sorden concluded that she “had to change the environment.  Families thought it would be the same old thing.  They were reluctant.”  Faced with a struggle to regain trust, Ms. Sorden set out to reimagine the learning environment both physically and academically – creating a safe, warm, welcoming space steeped in the core values of integrity, perseverance, optimism, willingness, empathy, and respect, where students are encouraged, stimulated, and motivated by engaging instruction and a rigorous curriculum.  At the Symposium, Concourse Village leaders will describe how they have created a learning environment that promotes consistency, student agency, and care and leads all students to love learning.

AWARDS

2018 Blue Ribbon Award

NYC Showcase School for 4 consecutive years

Morgan Book Project Winner for 5 consecutive years

2017 Ryan Transformational Leadership Award

Featured in Edutopia and New York Times

In 2017-18 and again in 2018-19, Concourse Village students took seven state assessments.  In both years, they outperformed the state of NY on all seven.

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