I.S. 381

1599 EAST 22 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11210 Map
Phone: (718) 252-0058
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 22/gifted program
Principal: Victoria Hippolyte Agard
Neighborhood: Midwood
District: 22
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: MICHELLE TURNER
Unzoned
Screened

What's special:

Weekly enrichment clusters offer students a wide range of activities

The downside:

The school has its own gym, but it is very small

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

MS 381—renamed the Middle School for the New Millennium in 2007—draws children from across District 22 to its strong science program.  Housed on the top two floors of PS 197’s eye-catching 100-year-old redbrick school building, the small school serves children who live in the zone as well as those who are admitted to a gifted program.  However, zoned children and those admitted to the gifted program are taught in the same classrooms. Principal Mary Harrington, who founded the school in 1999, says the school offers enrichment to all students, and academic standards are high throughout the school.

Originally a magnet school for biological sciences, MS 381 has a high school-quality science lab. Eighth graders use the lab for weekly projects and may take both living environment and math Regents exams. In recent years, 100 percent of students who took the exam have passed.

 Class sizes are small, 25 at the largest, with smaller classes available when students need extra help. All classes meet for double periods so that students have ample time with the material. Teaching staff includes both veterans and new teachers, and the teaching we observed was strong. Many facilities, like the auditorium and cafeteria, are shared with PS 197. MS 381 does have its own gym, but both students and staff complain that it’s too small.

 In the 2010–11 school year, MS 381 adopted a schoolwide “enrichment clusters” program, in which students choose from more than 25 different activities, including martial arts, mosaics, Russian, cooking, and peer mediation. Each cluster meets on Friday mornings and includes students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Clusters run for a semester, and students produce a project at the end of that period.

 Graduates attend a wide range of high schools, though many choose to attend the smaller ones. According to parent coordinator Michelle Turner, because of the school’s small student body it can provide assistance in navigating the high school application and selection process to every student and family. In recent years, a number of students have been accepted into the specialized high schools.

 Harrington says that MS 381 treats college attendance as an expectation. Students begin to explore higher-education options and go on visits to local universities, and current college students are invited to speak to middle-school students about college life.

 Special Education: The principal is a former special education teacher, and she calls the special ed program “as seamless as possible.” The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching and self-contained classrooms. Students are in general education classrooms whenever possible.

Admissions: Priority goes to students who live in the zone. In addition, District 22 students with strong academic records, good attendance and a teacher recommendation may apply. The school also accepts students from other districts and boroughs. Admission to the gifted program is determined by a combination of factors making up a "composite score"—the final 4th grade report card counts for 40 percent, state tests 40 percent, attendance ten percent and student performance measures ten percent. (Tom Jacobs, February 2011; admissions updated January 2015)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with PS 197

Number of Students 310

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
14%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
12%

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?

32% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 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?

14% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

13% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 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:

13% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 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:

7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 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:

3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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