I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln

528 RIDGEWOOD AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11208 Map
Phone: (718) 647-0111
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Indira Mota
Neighborhood: Cypress Hills
District: 19
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: Zoraida Otero
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What's special:

Multicultural population with increasing success in high school admission

The downside:

Low levels of achievement and very old facilities

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

MS 171 is a friendly neighborhood middle school in the diverse Cypress Hills community. Students come from many different countries including the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, China and Yemen.

Principal Indira Mota arrived in January 2014, after a 10-year period during which the school went through five principals. Her immediate task, she said, was to “change the tone and atmosphere” in the school where students have reported problems with bullying. She prides herself on having an “open door policy,” she said. “Kids are allowed to come in and talk to me.”  She has earned the trust of the faculty: 90 percent of the teachers said she was a good manager on the annual school survey.

IS 171 is home to the Student Success Center pilot program, a Department of Education project which brings in counselors to train students to assist their classmates with high school admission. The intensive program has seen good results: Rather than simply choose to go to local high schools (as in past years), more and more students are now enrolling in some of the city’s top high schools, including the specialized exam schools.

In addition to advice about high school choice, the center offers counseling, high school and college fairs, college trips and youth leadership development. Ten colleges sent representatives to a college fair at the school in 2015.

Scores on state exams have been well below the city average. To help address that, teachers administer three practice exams to set a baseline before the state tests. The principal has also instituted common planning sessions for teachers and encourages them to integrate writing into most subjects.

For high-achievers there is a “top class” in 7th and 8th grade. There are no Regents classes but students may attend after-school prep sessions to prepare for U.S. History and Algebra Regents exams.

The 101-year-old building has some quirks—such as a cafeteria separated by gender—and could use a sprucing up and a paint-job in the stairwells. It is shared with Highland Park, a new small middle school.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The majority of students with special needs are enrolled in self-contained classes. On the day of our visit, students in those classrooms seemed distracted, having trouble paying attention and focusing on the planned lesson. There are also ICT classrooms.

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: Many graduates attend nearby high schools, including Hillcrest, John Adams and Transit Tech and several small schools in the Franklin K. Lane complex. That is beginning to change since the Student Success Center opened. Many more 8th-graders have been accepted to specialized schools and screened schools in other boroughs such as Frank Sinatra, Fashion Industries, Beacon and Bard.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Most students come from within a 20 block radius. (Pamela Wheaton and Jacquie Wayans, June 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Highland Park Community School

Number of Students 634

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
16%

Hispanic

  
74%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
22%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.57 2.60 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?

70% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 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?

57% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

91% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

81% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

26% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

10% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

82% 87% 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:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 9% 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:

1% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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