J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch

Grades 6-8
Staff Pick

Location

330 East 21 Street
Manhattan NY 10010
Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 4, 5, N, Q, R to 14th St-Union Square ; 6 to 23rd St ; L to 1st Ave
Buses: BM2, BM3, X10, X14, X2, X38, X42, X64

Contact

Phone
212-674-4545
Principal
Rocco Macri
Parent Coordinator
Blanca Rivera

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Lots of sports, drama and art.

The Downside

Inadequate high school guidance.

Our Review

MS 104 is a large neighborhood middle school with strong academics and lots of sports, drama, and artincluding ceramics. It's open to everyone who lives in the zone (the East Side from 14th Street to 59th Street, as well as Tribeca and Battery Park City downtown), and serves a wide range of students, from those in honors classes to those receiving special education services.

Parents say the teachers, with a few exceptions, are energetic, sympathetic and dedicated--willing to come in early to offer extra help and to offer extra attention to children who are struggling. The teachers even show up at the frequent PTA fundraising dances, to chaperone or run the sound system, a mother told Insideschools. The kids truly like their teachers.

The school is divided into "houses" of four classes and four teachers who work as a team. Each house has one or two honors (also called special placement) classes, one or two regular "academic" classes, and classes for students in special education. Advanced students may take Regents-level math and earth science, courses usually offered in high school. Teachers have a regularly scheduled time to meet, so they may plan curriculum together as a team, or discuss individual students' issues. The social studies and English teachers plan their lessons together, so, for example, children may read Three Cups of Tea in English when they are studying Pakistan and Afghanistan in social studies.

If you want a solid, traditional education this is the school for you, a mother said.

The school is particularly strong in the arts. The art teacher spends the entire fall term working with 8th graders after school twice a week to prepare their portfolios for art-themed high schools.

Parents complain that high school counseling is inadequate, because one counselor must serve hundreds of 8th graders. Nonetheless, many students are admitted to the specialized high schools or to LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. District 2 high schools, including Baruch and Eleanor Roosevelt, are popular choices, as well.

A few parents complain that there is some rowdiness after school, with kids swearing or roughhousing outside after dismissal. Nearly one-quarter of teachers who responded to Learning Environment Survey said order and discipline could be improved. But the school has a low suspension rate and 90 percent of the parents responding to the survey say their children are safe. Principal Rosemarie Gaetani runs a tight ship, one mother said. Safety has not been an issue for my daughter or her friends. [Rosemarie Gaetani moved on in 2014 after 8 years at the school. Her successor is Rocco Macri, who was the assistant principal for six years and began as a guidance counselor at the school.]

Special education: The school has self-contained special education classes, as well as two collaborative team teaching (CTT) classes on each grade. CTT classes mix special needs and general education students and have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Admissions: Students who live in the zone are guaranteed a seat. Students who live outside the zone, but within District 2, may apply through the school choice process.

The principal declined our request to visit the school. This review is based on Department of Education data and interviews with parents. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, March 2012; new principal update December 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
1145
Asian
36.0%
Black
7.5%
Hispanic
18.8%
White
33.9%
Other
3.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
46%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
10%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
69%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
44%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.8
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
85%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
63%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
68%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
75%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
53%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
93%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Brooklyn Technical HS, Baruch College Campus HS, and N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
13%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
71%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.93
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.32
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.92
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.4
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.75
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.71
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
89% Citywide Average
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