KIPP Washington Heights Middle School

21 JUMEL PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10032 Map
Phone: (212) 991-2620
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery, District 6 preference
Principal: Danny Swersky
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: 5-8
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

Strong academics in a charter that is part of a successful network

The downside:

Classrooms are a little bare

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, part of a successful network of charter schools that emphasize character development, opened with a 5th grade in 2012 in the former IS 90 building. Graduates may attend KIPP NYC College Prep High School.

The school has a calm and gentle tone. No teachers raised their voices during our visit, and children seemed happy, relaxed and engaged. The school does a good job helping children who begin 5th grade with weak academic skills catch up and get ready for demanding high schools.

Children spend part of the day in tiny classes with just seven children and part of the day working on computers in classes of 50 or more. The arrangement allows teachers to give small groups of children focused attention, improving their reading and math skills.

The day is broken up into sessions of reading, writing and math. Science and social studies are taught as part of the reading curriculum in which children read nonfiction books. This means a large part of the day is devoted to improving reading, which research shows takes more effort than improving math.

“For kids who are really behind in math and reading, it takes a lot more time to catch up in reading,”said Principal Danny Swersky.

Unlike some other charters, the administration of KIPP works hard to get along with the other schools in the building, MS 319 and MS 324. Space is shared amicably: The KIPPsters have lunch in the cafeteria mid-morning, allowing the other children to eat at a more normal lunch time.

The building is clean and well-lit. Some of the classrooms were a bit bare and without many books. But computers and other supplies seemed ample.

The school prides itself on retaining students, including those with academic or behavior problems. One child who was suspended was allowed to return if his family agreed to let him attend counseling sessions three times a week. There is a full-time social worker.

Special education: KIPP offers counseling, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special education student support services (SETSS).

Admissions: Students are admitted by lottery with a preference to those living in District 6. Submit applications by April 1. (Clara Hemphill, June 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with MS 324 and MS 319

Number of Students 852

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
86%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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?

80% 49% 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?

96% 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?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

53% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 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:

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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