M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Experienced principal has a nice rapport with students

The Downside

Below-average test scores in reading

Our Review

MS 324 has a nice tone and both kids and teachers seem happy to be there. Children are allowed to be children, with time to play on the playground after lunch or flop on a sofa in their classroom to read a good book. Some of the classrooms have an elementary-school feel, with colorful rugs and comfortable chairs creating a cozy space for reading and socializing.

The school has a stable teaching staff and a collegial atmosphere. There is a nice rapport between children and faculty, who chat informally between classes.

The school serves a wide range of children, including many Spanish speaking immigrants and children who receive special education services. The school has average test scores for math and science and some 8th graders take the algebra Regents exam. Reading scores are below average, a reflection of the fact that many children are still learning English.

Located in a bright and colorful building shared with two other schools, MS 324 benefits from the leadership of an experienced principal, Janet Heller, who has been at the school since its founding in 2004. She was also principal of the IS 90 building for three years before it was divided into smaller schools, including MS 324. The three schools in the old IS 90 building, including KIPP Academy Washington Heights and MS 319, share space amicably.

The Childrens Aid Society offers after school activities for all children in the building, including a program in which children learn to repair bicycles. Childrens Aid also offers evening classes for parents and healthcare for children, including a dentist, a nurse practitioner and social worker.

Special education: The school offers a wide range of special education services, including self-contained classes. The school also serves children from District 75, the citywide district for those with severe disabilities. One mother of a boy with autism said she was thrilled by the energy and thoughtfulness of the staff.

Admission: District 6 choice. Prospective parents are welcome to visit time. The principal say she has an open door policy. (Clara Hemphill, June 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
423
Asian
0.5%
Black
11.8%
Hispanic
85.1%
White
2.4%
Other
0.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
32%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with KIPP Washington Heights Middle School and MS 319
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
83%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
72%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
92%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
99%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% 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?
28%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
20%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music, Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
92%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
85%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
22%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
83%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
A. Philip Randolph Campus HS, Academy for Software Engineering, and HS for Environmental Studies
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
1%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
24%
14% 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
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.05
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.85
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.11
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.17
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.13
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
79%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
99%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
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