MS 313, Dock Street School for STEAM Studies

19 Dock Street
BROOKLYN NY 11201 Map
Phone: (718) 780-7660
Website: Click here
Admissions: Application, priority to district 13
Principal: Dr. Melissa Vaughan
Neighborhood: DUMBO
District: 13
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: LORRAINE WHITE
Unzoned
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Sparkling new building; dual emphasis on arts and science; ASD Nest program

The downside:

No technology lab

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Dock Street School for STEAM Studies, opened in September 2016, is off to a good start. With a handsome, light-filled building; a challenging, well-rounded curriculum; and a supportive group of parents, Dock Street is a welcome addition to a district with few strong middle school options.

“Here you don’t have to choose between arts and science,” said the parent of a 6th-grader who graduated from the popular PS 11. STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and the school has two science labs and an enticing array of visual arts, dance, music and drama. The school, housed on the second floor of a residential building in DUMBO, has an art room with a kiln and a dance studio. An Alvin Ailey instructor teaches dance.

Classrooms are cozy: some students curl up on comfy beanbag chairs while others nestle in a window seat. Teachers encourage class discussions and projects; for example, 6th graders created dioramas depicting life in Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.

On our visit, during Black History Month, students started the day screening a videotape about prominent African-Americans. In music class, they sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” In art class, they made mannequins of clear tape to symbolize invisible slaves—props for a play they would put on.

The neighborhood has embraced Dock Street: St. Ann’s Warehouse, across the street, holds student workshops, helps with school productions and invites students to their performances. Their stagehands taught teachers how to use the lighting and equipment in the school’s combined gym and auditorium called a “gymatorium.” A local tech company invited Dock Street to participate in “Big Idea Week.” GAP clothing store donated uniform pants and shirts. Two Trees, a real estate developer, funds a Saturday Academy and a chess team. The school has no playground, but students go to Brooklyn Bridge Park at lunchtime. Students regularly use laptops in class but there is no technology lab, something the school wishes to have so that all children can learn programs simultaneously, the principal said.

Parents and teachers credit the principal, Dr. Melissa Vaughan, with creating a welcoming environment. “She’s very highly respected. She’s created that nurturing environment,” a teacher said. “Kids feel safe and they feel cared for.”

Vaughan, a former Alvin Ailey dancer, was a special education teacher and dance teacher at Brooklyn High School of the Arts before becoming principal of Satellite West, a tiny middle school previously housed in nearby PS 307. When Satellite West closed in 2016, Vaughan and its remaining students moved to Dock Street, which kept the old school’s number, MS 313. They were joined by about 100 new 6th graders.

The school shares a building with a Pre-K center.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT class and self-contained classes. Graduates of the PS 307 ASD Horizon Program for high-functioning students on the autism spectrum continue in the program at Dock Street.

ADMISSIONS: Priority goes to District 13. The school considers student grades, test scores, attendance and teacher comments. After reviewing report cards, the school invites some students to a group interview and to complete a writing and science assignment. In 2017, the school got the most applications of any middle school in District 13, the principal said. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2017)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center

Number of Students 77

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
42%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
42%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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?

44% 49% 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?

78% 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?

49% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

24% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 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:

6% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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