IS 78 Roy H. Mann

1420 EAST 68 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11234 Map
Phone: (718) 763-4701
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/selective program
Principal: Anthony Cusumano
Neighborhood: Flatlands/ Gravesend
District: 22
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: DOROTHY DALEO
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What's special:

Three bands, drama, cooking

The downside:

Working to improve school culture

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Roy H. Mann students can learn to cook or play an instrument in one of three school bands. High achievers find challenging academics in one of three gifted programs. This school struggles with disrespect, bullying and low test scores, but the environment is improving under new leadership and hopefully test scores will follow.

Anthony Cusumano, formerly a social studies teacher and assistant principal at the school, became principal in December 2012. School surveys show that teachers respect his management. Although students report friction among peers, attendance is improving and parent workshops address themes like peer pressure. The school website is informative and full of spirit, sprinkled with photos and lists of academic goals in every subject area.

About half the students are enrolled in the mainstream "Gateway" program, where 6th graders remain in the classroom of one teacher for most academic courses, giving the teacher more time to get to know the kids. Math classes are divided by skill level.

The rest of the students are enrolled in one of three programs for high academic achievers based on test scores. The Center for the Intellectually Gifted (CIG) is the most accelerated, followed by the Excelsior, and the Center for Advanced Placement (CAP). CIG students participate in all Regents level courses and must maintain a 90% average in all classes.

According to the school's quality review, teachers are working on better reaching their speediest and slowest learners. Afterschool programs are offered for living environment, algebra and earth science Regents preparation, and a French class meets for 90 minutes once a week. Students who have fallen behind can get help afterschool and on Saturdays.

For fun, the website urges even students with no experience to try the 6th grade Mustang Band and work their way up to the more select Jazz Ensemble. In 2013 Roy Mann students played at Symphony Space Performing Arts Center at the 7th Annual Children's Festival of Russian Culture.

Facilities include a dance studio, a kitchen, computer labs, science labs, a gym, library and auditorium. Success Academy Bergen Beach charter school will share the building and some of these common areas beginning Fall 2014.

Madison, Midwood and Leon Goldstein high schools are popular choices for graduates.

Special education: Every grade has a Integrated Co-Teaching class, in which special needs and general education children learn side-by-side. The school also has self-contained classes for special education children only.

Admissions: The Center for the Intellectually Gifted bases admission on students' scores on a district exam; the other honors programs require teacher recommendations and students' transcripts. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, school website, April 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Success Academy Bergen Beach Charter School

Number of Students 914

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
76%

Hispanic

  
8%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
76%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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?

43% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

80% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

70% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 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

14% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 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:

13% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

84% 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:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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