J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch

An Insideschools pick
330 EAST 21 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10010 Map
Phone: (212) 674-4545
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/selective
Principal: ROSEMARIE GAETANI
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: BLANCA RIVERA
Zoned
Screened

What's special:

Lots of sports, drama and art.

The downside:

Inadequate high school guidance.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

MS 104 is a large neighborhood middle school with strong academics and lots of sports, drama, and art—including ceramics. It's open to everyone who lives in the zone (the East Side from 14th Street to 59th Street, as well as Tribeca and Battery Park City downtown), and serves a wide range of students, from those in honors classes to those receiving special education services.

Parents say the teachers, with a few exceptions, are energetic, sympathetic and dedicated--willing to come in early to offer extra help and to offer extra attention to children who are struggling. “The teachers even show up at the frequent PTA fundraising dances, to chaperone or run the sound system,” a mother told Insideschools. “The kids truly like their teachers.”

The school is divided into "houses" of four classes and four teachers who work as a team. Each house has one or two honors (also called special placement) classes, one or two regular "academic" classes, and classes for students in special education. Advanced students may take Regents-level math and earth science, courses usually offered in high school. Teachers have a regularly scheduled time to meet, so they may plan curriculum together as a team, or discuss individual students' issues. The social studies and English teachers plan their lessons together, so, for example, children may read Three Cups of Tea in English when they are studying Pakistan and Afghanistan in social studies.

“If you want a solid, traditional education this is the school for you,” a mother said.

The school is particularly strong in the arts. The art teacher spends the entire fall term working with 8th graders after school twice a week to prepare their portfolios for art-themed high schools.

Parents complain that high school counseling is inadequate, because one counselor must serve hundreds of 8th graders. Nonetheless, many students are admitted to the specialized high schools or to LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. District 2 high schools, including Baruch and Eleanor Roosevelt, are popular choices, as well.

A few parents complain that there is some rowdiness after school, with kids swearing or roughhousing outside after dismissal. Nearly one-quarter of teachers who responded to Learning Environment Survey said order and discipline could be improved. But the school has a low suspension rate and 90 percent of the parents responding to the survey say their children are safe. Principal Rosemarie Gaetani “runs a tight ship,” one mother said. “Safety has not been an issue for my daughter or her friends.”

Special education: The school has self-contained special education classes, as well as two collaborative team teaching (CTT) classes on each grade. CTT classes mix special needs and general education students and have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Admissions: Students who live in the zone are guaranteed a seat. Students who live outside the zone, but within District 2, may apply through the school choice process.

The principal declined our request to visit the school. This review is based on Department of Education data and interviews with parents. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, March 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1034

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
50%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
19%

White

  
19%

Free Lunch

  
67%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.10 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?

68% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

85% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

55% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 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?

8% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

56% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 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:

18% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

96% 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:

2% 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:

7% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 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:

11% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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