Science and Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School

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Phone: (718) 293-4017
Neighborhood: Morrisania
District: 9
Grade range: 06 thru 08
Parent coordinator: SONJA FERNANDEZ

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Opening in September 2009, Science and Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School plans to provide every student with a laptop computer, while offering in-depth science and technology instruction. The eighth Mott Hall School to open in New York City, Mott Hall schools are known their focus on academics, and ensuring that students take pride in themselves and in their school.

The school will be located on the 3rd floor of CIS 166, a failing middle school that is closing because of poor performance. The school will share the building with The Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching and Learning (BECA) and Grant Elementary School, a K-5 program.

The first class of 6th-graders will be made up of the current 5th-graders at CIS 166. The older grades will remain at CIS 166 until it closes in 2011. Staffers at CIS 166 are not guaranteed jobs. "The current teachers at 166 can apply, but being able to apply doesn't mean that they are qualified to teach at our school," said Principal Patrick Awosogba, who worked as an assistant principal at the Mott Hall Bronx High School.

Awosogba agrees that CIS 166 has had its challenges. "I'm familiar with the data. There is a large IEP [students who require special education services] population, as well as students who are English Language Learners," he said. In 2008, only 36 percent of the CIS 166 5th-graders read at grade level on the state standardized exams.

Awosogba plans to create a strong school culture that emphasizes respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, and honesty. Students will also lead conferences for their parents in which they will share their education goals and explain student data, including test scores and attendance. Students will conduct video conferences with a network of schools, which could be out-of-state, said Awosogba. Additionally, each quarter the school will sponsor a community science fair, where students will show off some of their experiments.

After school: A partnership with SOBRO will offer tutoring in math and English, Monday - Thursday until 5 p.m. There will also be a math and chess club. (Vanessa Witenko, March 2009, telephone interview)

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