Welcome to Urban Dove Team Charter Schools

Who We Serve


Who We Serve

In New York City, there are nearly 140,000 young people between the ages of 15-21 who have either dropped out of high school or are lacking the course credits necessary for graduation. Data shows that this demographic faces a significantly increased likelihood of living in poverty. Employment rates for individuals who have not received a high school diploma have been deteriorating over the past decade, even more so during the economic recession. Re-engaging these “disconnected youth” is a difficult but necessary challenge, and one that requires creative and innovative solutions. Young people need a strong academic foundation, however, we believe that there are many other essential components to a positive educational experience. Urban Dove has learned that sports, as well as an incorporation of health and fitness into daily life, have the power to engage even the most disconnected youth. Urban Dove uses the power of sports, health, and fitness to bring at-risk youth into a positive, educational and supportive environment so that they can learn the critical skills fundamental to success – in both school and in life.

Recently, the New York City Department of Education has developed a series of Transfer High Schools for students who have fallen off track. However, these institutions mandate that all students are at least 17 years of age and least two years behind in their accumulation of credits toward graduation. UD Team is different from these traditional transfer schools in regards to both eligibility criteria and curriculum. UD team possesses a younger cohort of students between the ages of 14 and 16, who are in need of intervention. We believe that waiting to assist these students until age 17 will be unsuccessful as they will have already been alienated from the public school system, and will therefore be unlikely to return. UD Team serves this under assisted group who have attended 9th grade, but have not accumulated the credits necessary to matriculate to tenth grade. Rather than have students wait until they become 17 to place these younger students in a “Credit Recovery” environment, UD Team is a second chance for them to attend a traditional high school model with a non-traditional curriculum design developed to cater to each individual student’s needs. This early intervention prevents these students from being continually “left back” and repeating a year in a school setting that did not suit them, reducing the risk of further frustration and disconnection from school.

New York City Statistics

  • In NYC, 140,000 teens have dropped out or are off-track for graduation. 83% of these teens are minorities
  • According to a NYU Steinhardt study (2009):
    • 67% of drop outs repeated 9th grade once
    • 39% repeated 9th grade twice
    • By 11th grade, only 7% were on track
  • Black and Latino males are not accumulating sufficient credits to graduate
  • 67% of dropouts receive fewer than five credits
  • 25% of dropouts have no credits in their first year
  • 5 credits or less in the first year indicates path to dropping out

Brooklyn Statistics
  • The average high school graduation rate in Brooklyn is 56%
  • 350,000 Brooklyn adults are high school dropouts (The total Brooklyn population, including children, is 2.5 million)
  • 43.8% of all public school students entering 9th grade in Brooklyn are unable to read at grade level
  • 1 in 6 Brooklyn public high school students is obese and more than 1 in 3 is overweight or obese
  • Obesity among public high school students is higher in Brooklyn than in New York City as a whole
  • In Brooklyn, more than 1 in 3 high school students reports not exercising at least 20 minutes a day, 3 days per week
  • Nearly 2 in 3 Brooklyn teens watch TV at least 3 hours per day