MS/HS 327 Comprehensive Model School Project

An Insideschools pick
1501 JEROME AVENUE
BRONX NY 10452 Map
Phone: (718) 294-8111
Website: Click here
Admissions: MS choice/HS: Limited unscreened
Principal: Alixandre Ricci
Neighborhood: Mount Eden
District: 9
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: MERCEDELLI GRACIANO
Science & Math

Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx35, Bx36, BxM4

What's special:

Extra support for all students; sleek, modern facilities with a swimming pool

The downside:

Minimal electives and art

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Comprehensive Model School, MS/HS 327 (CMS) offers students strong academics and a lot of extra support. CMS is part of the city’s Community Schools Initiative, which gives extra funding to schools in poor neighborhoods to provide onsite social services to at-risk youth and their families. Even before becoming a Community School, CMS provided students with extended-day instruction in the high school, academic help on Saturdays, and access to activities and services at the New Settlement Community Center, which is housed in the same building as the school. 

CMS opened as a middle school in 2003, and in 2012 began expanding by one high school grade per year when it moved to the New Settlement Community Campus, a brand new complex that features a swimming pool, dance studio and rooftop garden. CMS shares the facilities with PS 555 Mount Eden’s Children Academy and the New Settlement Community Center. The two schools occupy a dedicated portion of the building that is managed independently from the community center. Students get healthcare at an onsite medical clinic run by Montefiore Hospital.

Founding principal Manuel Ramirez credits the sleek and airy new facility with bolstering the sense of community and calm among students, teachers and staff. Ramirez and teachers have put many supports in place to ensure that all students, from struggling learners to high achievers, stay engaged and on track. 

Several times a week a middle school student will have as many as three periods of English in a day: regular ELA (English language arts), research/writing, and independent reading—during which time ELA teachers conference with students while their classmates quietly read books.

High school students have an extended schedule, with classes running for roughly one hour longer than the typical school day. Teachers also pitch in on Saturdays to provide extra instruction and review sessions for students.

In all subjects, teachers devote a lot of time to group work and class discussions. During a 6th-grade class’s discussion of Lord of the Flies, the teacher addressed his students in a conversational tone, prompting them with questions to keep the discussion moving. For a classwide reading of "Macbeth," 10th-graders took turns expressively reading aloud different passages from the play.

In math and science, we observed a lot of healthy chatter and fun group work. To make sure her 6th-grade students understood the latest topic of study, the teacher broke them up into small groups and had them shift every two minutes to a different table to answer questions such as “what happens when glucose breaks apart in our cells?” Elsewhere, a 7th-grade math class was creating a geometric city, with students measuring and gluing together pieces of felt and cardboard to create venues such as a sports complex that they designed to scale.

For middle school math, teachers rely on more than one curriculum to ensure that students learn conceptual and foundational skills. “You can’t move on to algebra without knowing how to multiply fractions and work with decimals,” says Ramirez, a former math teacher. By 8th grade all students take high school level living environment and algebra. Those that are ready to take the exam and pass with a grade of 85 or better move on to the next level. Those who fail or get a low passing grade repeat the course, but are still better off for having taken it in 8th grade, Ramirez says, “because it gives them a sense of urgency to do better….and they really learn a lot by taking it again in 9th grade.”

Beginning in 9th grade students are grouped by skill level in select classes. All 9th-graders study U.S. history, with stronger students taking advanced placement classes in U.S. history and U.S. government and politics over the course of 9th and 10th grade, followed by a condensed, one-year global history course in 11th grade (global history traditionally is a two-year course). Students needing more support spend a year and half each on U.S. and global history. In math, there are honors sections for high achievers and double-period classes for those needing extra help.

The school day is packed with academic classes, with no electives and minimal art. Students do enjoy some after school clubs such as gardening, cheerleading and community service. They also get swimming lessons through the community center. Spanish instruction begins in middle school.

CMS plans to graduate its first high school class in 2016. A college counselor is joining the staff to start the college search process for the school’s first group of rising 11th-graders, Ramirez says.  

Special education: The school has self-contained classes and SETSS.

Admissions: The school admits students of all skill levels and does not base admissions on grades or test scores. The middle school is open to students in Districts 9 and 10 on a lottery basis, and has many more applicants than available seats. For high school, priority goes to MS 327 8th-graders, then to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session, and then to students citywide who attend an information session. Most 8th-graders stay for the high school, which means that typically there are only a few seats open for students applying from other schools. (Laura Zingmond, June, 2014).

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school

Number of Students 737

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
77%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.63 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?

65% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 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?

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?

30% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

46% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

35% 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:

69% 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:

7% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school

Number of Students 737

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
77%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.63 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

91% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

30% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

NA

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

NA

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Comprehensive Model School Project (CMSP)

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP English, AP European History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Girls Club, Newspaper, Spanish, Debate Team, Peer Mentoring

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: As we expand, we plan to offer additional PSAL sports.

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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