J.H.S. 52 Inwood

650 ACADEMY STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10034 Map
Phone: (212) 567-9162
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Lupe Leon
Neighborhood: Inwood
District: 6
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: LICETTE VASQUEZ
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What's special:

A marching band, robotics, GE partnership

The downside:

New immigrants enter 6th grade with very low skills

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A "little gem" of a middle school on the northern tip of Manhattan, IS 52 offers a "well-rounded" program that includes solid academics, sports and even a marching band, according to Miriam Aristy-Farer, a member of the District 6 Community Education Council. Students choose between two themed academies: the School of Environmental and Applied Science (SEAS) or Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).

The school serves a large number of new immigrants, including many who have had very weak preparation in elementary school. Many teachers give up their breaks to help students outside of class time. An 8th-grader said she often seeks help during lunch: "It's better," she said. "It's kind of like tutoring if you don't understand."

Instead of using textbooks with scripted lessons, teachers have created their own units with thoughtful attention to the needs of their many Spanish-speaking students. In 6th grade, reading and writing are taught separately to boost skills; and in 7th grade, classes are split in half to provide more individualized attention. "We found this is the transitional year," said Principal Savador Fernandez. "They need more nurturing."

Social studies and English teachers plan lessons together so students can make thematic connections and become familiar with complex vocabulary. During the War Unit in social studies, for example, we saw students examine propaganda posters, and a staff member said students hear about propaganda again when they read George Orwell's Animal Farm in English class.

In the science program, children plant and maintain trees in the community, and do hands-on experiments every week in class. On our visit, we saw groups working together to figure out the density of Coke versus Diet Coke. Teachers are beginning to incorporate more math into their science classes after several years of work aligning lessons with Common Core state standards. Some teachers took a course at the Kennedy Science Center in Florida as part of a program sponsored by General Electric to strengthen science instruction.

Classes are orderly and some are more traditional, with the teacher up front giving instruction. Others, particularly the bilingual and science classes we saw, incorporate more group work and lots of visual and written aids on the walls and in plastic sleeves on the tables.

Although the school's test scores are low, parents and teachers report high levels of satisfaction, according to annual surveys. Parents participate in English classes, Zumba, knitting, yoga and academic-related workshops. As of our visit, Principal Salvador Fernandez was set to retire in 2014. His replacement Lupe Leon is a former IS 52 student, paraprofessional, teacher, dean and administrator. A Department of Education Quality Review called the school "well-developed," its highest ranking.

Once an overcrowded school with an enrollment of about 1,300 pupils, the school now serves fewer than 600. As rents in the neighborhood have skyrocketed in recent years, many families with children have moved to the Bronx; the neighborhood's new residents have fewer children.

The building is shared with the High School for Excellence and Innovation, which has a separate entrance. As of our visit, Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies was approved to occupy the fourth floor beginning in Fall 2014. IS 52 staff are braced for rescheduling lunch periods, scaling down to one science lab, and sharing the gym, bathrooms and auditorium with additional students.

Graduates attend Manhattan Village, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, among others. A few students earn spots at highly competitive schools like Beacon or LaGuardia. Teachers use their free time to tutor promising candidates for the specialized high school exam.

Special education: IS 52 offers students every possible support, including push-in and pull-out help for English language learners and students with special needs, bilingual and team-taught classes on each grade level, and self-contained classes with only twelve students and two teachers.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, March 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the Inwood Early College for Health & Information Technologies and the HS for Excellence and Innovation

Number of Students 411

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
93%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
32%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

30% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

20% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

12% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

20% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

4% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

12% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

1% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

15% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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