Middle School for the Arts

790 EAST NEW YORK AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
Phone: (718) 773-3343
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: DANIQUA BROOKS
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 07 and 08
Parent coordinator: Jeanette Greene

What's special:

Arts focus

The downside:

School is closing

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Our review

Eight years after it opened as a replacement school for the failing MS 391 Mahalia Jackson school in 2004, MS 587 the Middle School of the Arts itself is closing due to abysmal test scores and attendance far below the city's average for middle school.

Students failed to make progress on standardized tests and the school received a "D" on its 2011 Progress Report. About half of the teachers say there are significant problems with safety and discipline at the school, and only 60 percent of the students said they feel safe inside the building, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The last class of students will graduate in 2014. The school is being replaced by another new school, IS 722, New Heights Middle School, opened in 2012 with a sixth grade. Also housed in the building is Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2012)

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