Lower Manhattan Community Middle School

An Insideschools pick
26 BROADWAY
MANHATTAN NY 10004 Map
Phone: (646) 826-8100
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 2
Principal: KELLY MCGUIRE
Neighborhood: Lower East Side/ Chinatown
District:2
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: CYNTHIA SAVINO
Unzoned

What's special:

A small, nurturing, racially diverse school.

The downside:

The school is still growing into its new space, and the hallways are a little bare.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Lower Manhattan Community Middle School is a friendly, racially diverse school with pleasant facilities that include a music studio, a dance studio, an art room and a science lab. Formerly known as the Greenwich Village Middle School, the school changed its name and expanded its enrollment when it moved in 2010 to its new location in a converted office building shared with the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women.

The school has a pleasant library with comfy bean bag chairs; new computers in every classroom, and 120 new laptops for the students to use. Classrooms, well-stocked with books, are cozy and bright, and students seem to be happy and engaged in their lessons. Samples of student work, from essays to art projects, are posted in the hallways, and show a range of artistic and academic ability. We visited just a few months after the school moved into the new building and some hallways felt a little bare.

To help make the transition to middle school, incoming sixth graders are invited to meet their teachers and get a copy of their schedule in the spring. The school helps kids organize their time and provides everyone with school supplies and a planner. Sixth graders have two teachers – one for English and social studies, and the other for math and science. That way, children get some of the benefits of having teachers who are specialists, but don’t have to get used to lots of teachers with different homework assignments and expectations. The school accepts students of different academic levels. Students are not tracked into separate classrooms according to their ability, though gifted students sometimes work in smaller activity groups within the classroom. Some students take Regents-level algebra in the eighth grade.

On our visit, there was some chit-chat in class, but teachers were usually able to redirect students’ attention. Teachers responding to a 2009-10 survey suggested that order and discipline were an issue, but Principal Kelly McGuire says the move to a new building has helped, because they are no longer in cramped quarters. Three times a week, students meet in groups with eight to 10 with a teacher to talk about the school’s values: be kind, be safe, work hard. McGuire says that these “morning meetings” have helped to reduce bullying and build friendships.

The school’s guidance counselor gives one-on-one advice on high school choice to eighth graders and their parents. McGuire says Baruch, Millennium, and Beacon high schools are popular choices for his graduates.

Special education: The school offers collaborative team teaching (CTT).

Admissions: District 2. Students have an interview and submit a portfolio of work, report cards and a teacher recommendation. (Tom Jacobs, November 2010)

 

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Broadway Educational Campus

Number of Students 350

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
39%

Black

  
17%

Hispanic

  
26%

White

  
16%

Free Lunch

  
69%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.91 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?

66% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

76% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

40% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 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:

28% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

93% 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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 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:

4% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

30% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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