I.S. 96 Seth Low

99 AVENUE P
BROOKLYN NY 11204 Map
Phone: (718) 236-1344
Website: Click here
Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school; accepts some out-of-zone students
selective
Principal: Erin Lynch
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District: 21
Grade range: 06 thru 08
Parent Coordinator: DENISE MCLAIN

What's special:

Access to a large yard for gym and sports

The downside:

Declining enrollment and discipline problems

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

IS 96 is a zoned neighborhood middle school with a “magnet” program that offers special classes in art, music, computers, science and music to students who take a “talent” exam or audition. Erin Lynch, formerly the school’s assistant principal, was named principal in 2013.

All students are assigned to the “exploratory academy” in 6th grade. In 7th grade, students choose between two academies—Health Careers and Sports Management or Math, Engineering, Technology and Architecture, according to the middle school directory.

IS 96 has a history of offering a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports teams with access to a large yard and a girls' gym and boys' gym.

As part of the Urban Advantage program, families get free admission to the Bronx Zoo, the Staten Island Zoo and the Queens Hall of Science. Children must complete special science projects before they graduate from 8th grade.

The school’s enrollment has steadily declined in recent years. About one-third of teachers complain about discipline problems and many children complain about bullying, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

In 2013 parents fought to prevent Success Academy, a charter school, from sharing the building with IS 96 students. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, parents were concerned that IS 96 students would not get the same privileges as the charter school. Assemblyman Peter Abbate said, “I’ve seen instances where they paint a charter school portion of the building and leave the public school part alone.” However. the Department of Education went ahead with plans to allow the new school to open, Chalkbeat reported.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Magnet program open to children district-wide. Sign up for the magnet test in October. (Sabrina Alli, DOE data and news reports, February 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 711

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
33%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
30%

White

  
25%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
25%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.76 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?

82% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

64% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

65% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

20% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

23% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

61% 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:

33% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

84% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

2% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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