Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

215 HEYWARD STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11206 Map
Phone: (718) 302-7900
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Anthony Chianese
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
District: 14
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Nereida Pena
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Performing Arts
Visual Art & Design

Buses: B24, B32, B39, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B57, B60, B62, Q54, Q59

What's special:

Strong arts, Yiddish-bilingual program.

The downside:

Poor test scores and low 4-year graduation rate.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School serves a low-income population, including many homeless children, non-English speakers and children with special needs. The school also houses one of the city's few bilingual Yiddish programs for children with disabilities. IS 71 has strong music, art and dance programs.

The chorus and band perform in the community, including local nursing homes, a few times a year. Community arts organizations bring working artists into the school, and students have shown their work at two galleries, one in Chelsea, the other in Williamsburg. Students have class trips to the Museum of Modern Art.

IS 71 faces many challenges: Attendance is poor and the suspension rate is high, with more than 200 suspensions in 2011. Teachers patrol the corridors with walkie-talkies and send any problem students straight to the principal's office. While we felt safe during our visit, we did notice some stragglers in the halls. To combat bad behavior, the school recruits older students to monitor the halls and serve as peer mediators, a program highlighted in a Daily News article.

Middle school test scores are very low and fewer than half the students graduate on time. However, more than three-quarters of the students eventually get their diplomas—a sign of the school's commitment to its high-needs population. "We don't give up on students," Principal Howard Fineman said. "We find ways to reach them."

Fineman encourages class discussions. For example, we saw a science class debate the ethics of using chimps in pharmaceutical testing. Students were alert and paying attention in many classes, though in a few classes we noticed students who were either not engaged or were misbehaving.

Almost all students have gym five days a week--a rarity these days. A downside: middle schoolers don't have regular outdoors recess because the school lacks a convenient playground, and 6th graders and some 7th graders eat lunch early, at 10:30 am. Seniors who are on-track to graduate may go out for lunch.

The high school has championship baseball and co-ed handball teams, girls' softball and girls' and boys' basketball teams. There is an active student government and after-school arts programs. There is a full-time college counselor. Two recent graduates were awarded scholarships to New York University.

Special education: Both the middle and high schools have "self-contained" classes—special education students only—in English, bilingual Spanish, and bilingual Yiddish. There are also "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, in which two teachers, one with special education certification, share leadership of a class that mixes students with special need with general education students. There is a small District 75 program that shares the building and more than a dozen of those students are included in some general education classes at IS 71. The school is wheelchair accessible.

Admissions: District 14 for middle school. High school: Preference to continuing 8th graders, then to students who attend an information session. About 75 percent of the middle school students stay on for high school, said the principal. (Anna Schneider, December 2011)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Beginning with Children Charter School II

Number of Students 622

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
15%

Hispanic

  
78%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
33%

English Language Learners

  
22%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.02 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?

48% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

55% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

71% 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?

36% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

7% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 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:

1% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 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:

2% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

11% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Beginning with Children Charter School II

Number of Students 622

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
15%

Hispanic

  
78%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
33%

English Language Learners

  
22%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.02 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?

77% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 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?

36% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

49% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

55% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

20% 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?

13%

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

2%

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

6%

Are students ready for college?

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

7% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

356
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

366
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?

33% 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

Visual Art and Design

Audition

Fine Arts including painting, drawing, graphics and computer graphics.

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

Limited Unscreened

Instrumental Music

Audition

Instrumental music, including participation in the Super Band.

Theater Arts

Audition

Provides students of all ability levels with foundational skills in theater. Through regular practice, assessments, and performance students develop the skills to become actors and actresses in a variety of genres.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP Spanish

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Internships (for credit and paid), A er-School Tutoring and Enrichment, Weekend and Vacation Tutoring, School Culture Committee, National Honor Society, Archon Society, PSAT/SAT Prep, MOUSE Squad, Student performances and gallery openings, Evening and Saturday academies for English Language Learners, Yearbook, Fitness, Newspaper, Robotics,

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Handball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Softball

Other schools sports: Fitness, Running Club, Soccer, and Flag Football

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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