M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal
MANHATTAN NY 10032 Map
M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 450
Average Daily Attendance 95%
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.59 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
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 class28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?11% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE