I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer
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I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer
An enormous middle school in Jackson Heights, IS 145 has a safe and supportive environment despite its large size.
The school is divided into five academies: Math and Business, Science and Technology, Journalism and Media, Law and Humanities, and International Relations. The academies are designed to give the large school a more intimate atmosphere and to strengthen the relationships between teachers and students. Each academy has its own assistant principal, guidance counselor, and dean to support the students.
All adults in the school, including the principal, are matched with students whom they mentor and advise throughout the year, according to the Quality Review. Students say that most of the adults they interact with at school know who they are, and they say that there is an adult in the school who they can go to for help with a problem, according to the Learning Environment Survey.
Principal Dolores Beckham gets positive reviews from teachers and students. Teachers call her an effective manager who understands how children learn in the Learning Environment Survey. One student reported that she is “like a mother to students.”
Although the school is big, teachers say that it is safe and orderly, according to the Learning Environment Survey. However, the school does suffer from overcrowding and serves almost three hundred more students than the 1,700 it was built to hold.
The school has developed an enrichment curriculum that allows students to explore topics not covered in their regular classes. Past enrichment classes have included world cinema, sports writing, small business, and creating murals through literature, according to the school’s website. Other extracurricular activities include ballroom dancing, drama, robotics, and debate among others. Students may also participate in basketball, handball, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
English language learners: A large percentage of students at IS 145 are English language learners, the vast majority of whom speak Spanish as their primary language. The school offers three options for students learning English: self-contained ESL classes, transitional bilingual classes, and Spanish/English dual language classes.
Special education: IS 145 offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes, and self-contained classes for students with special needs.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Pauline Zaldonis, web reports, September 2013)