Lower Manhattan Community Middle School

Grades 6-8
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Location

26 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10004
Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1, R, W to Rector St ; 1, R, W to Whitehall St-South Ferry; 2, 3 to Wall St; 4, 5 to Bowling Green; A, C to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau; E to World Trade Center; J, Z to Broad St
Buses: M9, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M55

Contact

Phone
646-826-8100
Principal
Kelly Mcguire
Parent Coordinator
Cynthia Savino

What’s Special

A small, nurturing school with strong teaching

The Downside

No outside recreational space

Our Review

Teenagers who attend Lower Manhattan Community Middle School (LMC) are part of a nurturing, economically diverse and well-run school that takes the word "community" seriously. Children place post-it notes of encouragement on one another's lockers, 6th-graders take an overnight trip to a lake and group projects are the norm in every classroom. The school has stunning views from its exciting location across from the Wall Street bull.

Students were engaged in every classroom we visited. There are up to 32 children per class, but teachers have a good rapport with their students and are adept at personalizing instruction. During a 6th grade lesson on prime factorization, a teacher worked with students at a projector while others worked on their own at tables. Seventh grade students tackled a math problem in groups, each using a different colored marker so the teacher could see, at a glance, the degree of participation.

LMC is unusually committed to children with special needs. "We think a lot about how we're going to meet the needs of all kids, high and low," said principal Kelly McGuire. When children have disabilities, their test scores don't move as much, he said, but instruction is often stronger because teachers must figure out how to reach a larger range of learners. Diversity, whether academic, ethnic or economic, is important at LMC, stressed McGuire. "It's a key component to what we think is important in middle school." Enrichment offerings include an advanced algebra class, a math team, debate club, a writing group, and an advanced book group with about 60 participants that takes place after school.

Routines were well established during our early November visit; homework was stamped upon completion, dismissal procedures were spelled out on the walls. "Very predictable structures are important for all kids but especially for needy populations," said McGuire. Yet it wasn't rigid; a child with a "demerit" for acting out in class took a walk with a basketball coach, who was brought on staff because of his positive connections with students.

Teachers want to hear what students think. Seventh grade humanities students discussed biased and unbiased language in photo captions. "Share out," said the teacher, prompting students to turn and talk to one another. During a discussion of the Stone Age in a 6th grade humanities class, teachers reinforced how to listen by reminding students to face the child talking.

Attendance is unusually strong for a middle school. In addition to the focus on maintaining strong teacher-student relationships, the arts are a big draw for getting to school every day. "Our days, weeks and even months are really exciting," said McGuire. Students are in an arts class at least once a day. In 6th grade, they all try out digital arts, dance, visual arts and music before settling on one track in subsequent grades.

The school does not have its own outdoor field but Manhattan Youth, who oversees the after school program, reserves space in Battery Park for sports practice.

The high school guidance counselor meets with families to assist with high school admissions. The school offers preparation for the specialized high school exam and arts portfolio preparation. About a dozen children were admitted into arts schools such as LaGuardia, Professional Performing Arts and Talented Unlimited in 2016.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Two out of four classrooms on each grade are ICT, or co-taught, in classrooms that mix in a portion of kids with special needs. The school prefers having more than 25 percent children with disabilities because it is easier to plan for instruction when there is a critical mass of students with special needs and special education teachers, according to McGuire.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. No students outside of district 2 have been admitted in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, October 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
386
Asian
44.0%
Black
9.6%
Hispanic
16.6%
White
27.5%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
57%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
121%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
10.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
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?
60%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
66%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
89%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
17%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
92%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Millennium HS, Manhattan Early College School for Advertising, and The HS For Language And Diplomacy
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?
17%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
65%
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 self-contained students
2.31
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.43
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.6
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.74
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
81%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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