M.S. 101 Edward R. Byrne

An Insideschools pick
2750 LAFAYETTE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10465 Map
Phone: (718) 829-6372
Website: Click here
Admissions: lottery/selective
Principal: Jared Rosoff
Neighborhood: Throgs Neck
District:8
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: TERESA WONG
Unzoned

What's special:

Advanced classes for top students; extra help for kids who need it

The downside:

A few kids grumble that students don't respect one another

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Throgs Neck, MS 101 attracts children from across District 8. It offers accelerated academics for children in the gifted program as well as intensive reading help for children who need it.

Jared Rosoff, former assistant principal of the citywide gifted school, NEST+m, in Manhattan, became principal in December 2012. Rosoff has encouraged parents to be involved by inviting them to have breakfast with him at the school. He has also scheduled student concerts at the same time as PTA meetings. “Before, we didn’t have a quorum at PTA meetings,” he said. “I’m bringing the community back in.”

For top students, the school offers a demanding curriculum that includes Regents-level Earth Science and algebra in the 8th grade. Rosoff is also experimenting with giving 8th graders the English Regents, typically offered to 11th graders.

MS 101 has joined the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) designed to offer struggling readers special instruction in small groups. Children come in early three mornings a week and have reading groups, similar to those typically found in elementary school. Ensuring that all students graduate from 8th grade ready to read high school texts is Rosoff's top priority. He hired a former elementary school teacher as an assistant principal to help in this initiative.

While the school is safe and orderly, a few children grumble that students don’t always treat one another with respect, according to the Learning Environment Survey. To address that, Rosoff has instituted a program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which gives rewards to students for good behavior—such as picking up a scrap of litter in the hall or running an errand for the office staff. “Before, there was no reward for kids who were doing the right thing,” Rosoff said.

The school has a good record of sending graduates to top high schools. Recent graduates have been admitted to Bronx High School of Science, The High School of Anerican Studies at Lehman College, Bronx Cente for Science and Mathematics, Townsend Harris in Queens and Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematcis,

Special education: The school offers a range of special education services including self-contained and team-teaching classes. A few students from the District 75 school in the building, P 10, are integrated into regular classes.

Admissions: District 8. One-third of the students are chosen based on their attendance and test scores. The other two-thirds are chosen at random. (Clara Hemphill, October 2013)  

 

 

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 486

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
15%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
16%

Free Lunch

  
74%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.21 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?

72% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

71% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

19% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

34% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

39% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

81% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

49% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

93% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

8% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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