MS 136 Charles O. Dewey
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MS 136 Charles O. Dewey
Charles O. Dewey, MS 136 is a calm and orderly school which has a largely Latino population that comes from surrounding blocks in Sunset Park. It shares a large, well-kept century-old brick building with Sunset Park Prep. Dewey counts on many community organizations for support and it offers students opportunities to explore the world beyond their neighborhood, even as it is striving to boost academic achievement among its students, most of whom come in performing below grade level.
The number of non-English-speaking students has nearly doubled since 2006 with more than 40 percent of the students needing extra instruction in English. A bilingual parent coordinator reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents; all notices are sent home in two languages and translation is available at all meetings and parent conferences, according to the Quality Review.
MS 136 has had somewhat of a bumpy ride over the past decade. Marked for closure by the city in 2012 because of low test scores, it was given a reprieve when the Department of Education assigned an outside organization, CEI-PEA to help implement programs aimed at increasing student achievement.
Erick Sackler, principal since 2007, receives high marks from the school community of students, parents and teachers on an annual school survey. "I treat them [students] like I treat my kids at home," Sackler told Insideschools on a 2008 visit to the school. "You show them respect and love and they show it back."
District superintendent Anita Skop praised Dewey's inclusive "familial tone," in which all staff knows virtually all the children. She noted its high attendance, renewed focus on writing and improvements in teaching special education students in a review of the school. Dewey adopted a program called The Leader in Me, adding an instructional period each week devoted to lessons aimed at giving kids more self-confidence and better academic skills, according to the school's website.
However, academics still have a ways to go. Teaching is inconsistent from class to class with some advanced students not being sufficiently challenged, according to the superintendent's report. State test scores remain well below the city average.
On the plus side, 10-15 percent of 8th graders pass Regents math and science exams for high school credit. There are a wide array of enrichment programs during and after school, including sports teams, a math club, a dance troupe and a Student Council. There are annual camping trips and some children have even taken research trips to Costa Rica and South Dakota, according to the website.
The building's Beacon program runs daily from 3-9 pm and the local Center for Family Life operates an afterschool program. Other community organizations work closely with the school.
Special education: A fifth of the students have special needs. They are served in both team-teaching and self-contained classrooms.
Admissions: Open to District 15. The school reviews attendance, report cards and teacher recommendations. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2013, web reports).
At a glance
Number of Students 487
Average Daily Attendance 93%
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.12 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?80% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE KIDS NICE?
How many students complain about bullying?67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say students at their school respect one another?76% 57% 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?95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?88% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?17% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE