I.S. 211 John Wilson

1001 EAST 100 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11236 Map
Phone: (718) 251-4411
Admissions: neighborhood school/selective program
Principal: Carolyn James
Neighborhood: Canarsie
District: 18
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: Guy Williams
Zoned
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

What's special:

Traditionally-structured school that offers lots of extra help

The downside:

Some students complain of disrespect among students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A strong focus on discipline, and an emphasis on improving test scores, characterizes IS 211 which serves a largely Caribbean-West Indian population in Canarsie.

The school has three screened academies: Communication Arts, Cultural Arts and Business. Admission to the academies is based on student interest and talent. There is also an ASTRAL Program for gifted and talented students based on state test scores. Students in ASTRAL will receive additional instruction in academics (advance classes such as math A prep, Spanish proficiency Regents, advanced literature and Earth science Regents), technology, foreign language and the arts.

Communication Arts Academy is focused on print and broadcast journalism, and social studies. Cultural Arts is for teens who like music, drama, dance and art. Business and Technology is geared toward business operations and structures. There is a student government and a debate club.

In this economically diverse neighborhood some students live in housing projects, others in single or two-family homes; some have more exposure to the world beyond the block than others. Trips to museums and colleges, and a community service requirement, are part of a strategy to give all students new experiences.

Principal Carolyn James [pictured above with students in a school photo] was with the school for seven years as assistant principal and mentored by her predecessor Buffie Simmons-Peart before taking the helm in 2011, according to an article in the Carnasie Courier.

"When I was 14, I helped out at a daycare and I also did a lot with youths as a youth advisor when I was involved with the church," she was quoted as saying in the article. "I just love taking care of and helping children."

James and her staff have overcome a variety of challenges including the relocation of many students to Tilden High School following Hurricane Sandy (they have since returned), serving increased numbers of children with special needs, and giving up some of their space in 2013 to Leadership Prep 4 Charter School due to declining enrollment.

Annual surveys show that academics at IS 211 are on par with the citywide average, but some students complain of bullying and disrespect among students.

John Wilson has a step team, a cheerleading team, football, volleyball and basketball. Many students attend Saturday Academy or an after school program aimed at boosting reading and writing skills, and preparing for state tests. Regents classes are offered in Earth science, French, algebra and Spanish.

Most graduates attend nearby high schools including Madison or the new smaller schools in the Canarsie High School building. A few go to specialized schools.

Special education: There are self-contained classes, and Integrated Co-Teaching classrooms in which students with special needs learn alongside their general education peers with two teachers, one of whom is certified to teach special education.

Admissions: Zoned middle school; students in the selective Astral program apply and are assigned though the district office based on NYS exams; students in the learning academies are screened based on test scores and a writing sample. (Lydie Raschka, online reports and school data, April 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 703

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
90%

Hispanic

  
7%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.77 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?

61% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 78% 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?

33% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

42% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

58% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

21% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

13% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 53% 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% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

88% 85% 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% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 6% 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:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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