M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal

21 JUMEL PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10032 Map
Phone: (212) 923-4057
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: JANET HELLER
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: JUDY ORTEGA
Zoned
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Experienced principal has a nice rapport with students

The downside:

Below-average test scores in reading

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

MS 324 has a nice tone, and both kids and teachers seem happy to be here. Children are allowed to be children, with time to play in the playground after lunch or flop on a sofa in their classroom to read a good book. Some of the classrooms have an elementary school feel, with colorful rugs and comfortable chairs that create cozy spaces for reading and socializing.

The school has a stable teaching staff and a collegial atmosphere. There is a nice rapport between children and faculty, who chat informally between classes.

The school serves a wide range of children, including many Spanish-speaking immigrants and children who receive special education services. The school has average test scores for math and science, and some 8th-graders take the algebra Regents exam. Reading scores are below average, a reflection of the fact that many children are still learning English.

Located in a bright and colorful building shared with two other schools, MS 324 benefits from the leadership of an experienced principal, Janet Heller, who has been at the school since its founding in 2004. She was also principal of the IS 90 building for three years before it was divided into three smaller schools, including MS 324, KIPP Academy Washington Heights and MS 319. All schools share space amicably.

The Children’s Aid Society offers afterschool activities for all children in the building, including a program in which children learn to repair bicycles. Children’s Aid also offers evening classes for parents and healthcare for children, including a dentist, a nurse practitioner and a social worker.

Special education:  The school offers a wide range of special education services, including self-contained classes. The school also serves children from District 75, the citywide district for those with severe disabilities. One mother of a boy with autism said she was thrilled by the energy and thoughtfulness of the staff.   

Admission: District 6 choice. Prospective parents are welcome to visit any time. The principal say she has an “open door” policy. (Clara Hemphill, June 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with KIPP Washington Heights Middle School and MS 319

Number of Students 450

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
11%

Hispanic

  
85%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
35%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.59 2.80 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?

87% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

52% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

25% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

40% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

85% 85% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 6% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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