BROOKLYN NY 11238 Map
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 58
Average Daily Attendance 90%
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
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 class18 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?41% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE