Satellite Three

170 GATES AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11238 Map
Phone: (718) 789-5835
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: Beatrice Thompson
Neighborhood: Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill
District: 13
Grade range: 08
Parent Coordinator: JOSEPH COOPER

What's special:

Small school integrates special needs kids from a District 75 program

The downside:

School is closing

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Satellite III MS 103 began in 1997 as a program at a failing middle school to give low-achieving students additional support and resources. It became a school in 2004, with MS 117 former math teacher Kenyatte Reid as principal. Reid left in 2010 to start the Eagle Academy, an all male school in Queens. An interim principal came in for less than a year before Beatrice Thompson was appointed in March 2011. In 2012, the Department of Education said it considered Satelitte III a failing school and announced it would be closed by 2014.  A new middle school, the Urban Assembly Unison School replaced Satellite III beginning with a 6th grade in 2012.

Satellite III is located on the third floor of a pleasant elementary school in Clinton Hill, PS 56. Both schools integrate special needs students from a District 75 program also housed in the building. That arrangement is continuing at the new middle school.

Student performance at Satellite III  declined in its last few years as did its grade on the city's Progress Report. Parent participation dropped and teachers expressed concerns about safety and discipline in the 2011 Learning Environment Survey.

At hearings about the school's proposed closing in December 2011, parents defended Satellite III and asked the DOE to give the new principal a chance to turn it around. The principal, while acknowledging the challenges, asked for the opportunity "to make the school a strong one again." For its part, the DOE said it would phase out the school because of the "persistent trend" of low student performance, an attendance rate below the city's average and too few students choosing to apply to Satellite III. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports, February 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the PS 56 building

Number of Students 58

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
76%

Hispanic

  
12%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
17%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

79% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

18 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

41% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

6% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 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:

9% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

84% 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:

0% 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:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

23% 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:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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