Mott Hall III

An Insideschools pick
580 CROTONA PARK SOUTH
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 842-6138
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective, district application
Principal: JORISIS STUPART
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District:9
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: ERNESTO MARTINEZ
Unzoned
Screened

What's special:

A nurturing school with a thoughtful mix of freedom and structure.

The downside:

Large class size

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Mott Hall III, based on two other popular Mott Hall schools, offers students the opportunity to do hands-on projects, with an emphasis on math, science and technology, and engage in discussions within the structure of a more traditional school.

The school offers awards for academics and for students who demonstrate the "3 C's" - Citizenship, Caring and Conviction. In the hallway, teachers lead students in quiet, orderly lines. A tucked-in Oxford shirt, and tie, with khaki pants or a skirt is required. Weekly progress reports go home regarding conduct, dress code and class work.

At the same time, teachers challenge children to be independent and outspoken. Every classroom has a poster with prompts to encourage kids to speak up and explain why. Teachers push kids to think by "not giving in and telling them the answer," according to a 6th grade math teacher. We watched a teacher pause to allow a 6th grader enough time to recall the difference between "addends" and "factors," which she had momentarily forgotten. Another student took the time to explain his answer to a word problem: "'More than' is a key phrase for subtraction," he began. "If they can't tell you when they don't understand it fully," said a teacher, "they probably don't understand it fully."

Although the school does not offer advanced Regent's level science or math classes, teachers give top students harder problems from their Connected Math program books. Students also practice science or math skills at their own pace inside or outside the classroom using an online program called Khan Academy.

With classes of over 30 students, teachers take a close look at test results to become familiar with each child's area of weakness. The last period of the day is set aside for skill practice in these areas, while top students study for the specialized high school exam, or attempt an extra challenge, like making a math game.

In an effort to boost reading skills, and general knowledge, students read books in every subject including math, social studies and science. Teachers create simple outlines to assist struggling students in reading the more technical books.

Wednesday's well-organized "talent periods" are teacher-led classes in chess, baking, singing, rock band, drumming, creative writing, poetry and more. These periods rotate a few times during the year and culminate in student performances. Trips to the Paley Center for Media, Yankees Stadium and the Museum of Natural History tie in with talent period themes.

Principal Jorisis Stupart emphasized that the special education program is very flexible. Children in "self-contained" classes who need more challenge in a subject, such as math or English, may join team-taught classes that mix children with special needs and general ed students. Stupart said students with special needs are expected to reach for "independence, responsibility and high-standards," just like everyone else.

The school moved from the top two floors of PS 55 to a building shared with PS 110, across the street from Crotona Park. The move did not result in more space, but it enables Mott Hall III students to have the use of a real gym and nicer classrooms according to Stupart.

Top graduates attend Bard, Bronx Science, High School of American Studies, Brooklyn Latin and other specialized high schools. Other popular choices include parochial schools and Bronx Center for Science and Math.

Admissions: Students must mark it as their first choice and are chosen based on a one-on-one interview, a writing sample, math and ELA scores, attendance, and work habits. There is a week-long summer orientation. (Lydie Raschka, October 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 110

Number of Students 363

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
40%

Hispanic

  
57%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.93 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?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

69% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 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?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

92% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

17% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

38% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

31% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

76% 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:

0% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

92% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

6% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 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 2014 ELA exam:

8% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

9% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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