M.S. 101 Edward R. Byrne

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Advanced classes for top students; extra help for kids who need it

The Downside

A few kids grumble that students don't respect one another

Our Review

Located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Throgs Neck, MS 101 attracts children from across District 8. It offers accelerated academics for children in the gifted program as well as intensive reading help for children who need it.

Jared Rosoff, former assistant principal of the citywide gifted school, NEST+m, in Manhattan, became principal in December 2012. Rosoff has encouraged parents to be involved by inviting them to have breakfast with him at the school. He has also scheduled student concerts at the same time as PTA meetings. Before, we didnt have a quorum at PTA meetings, he said. Im bringing the community back in.

For top students, the school offers a demanding curriculum that includes Regents-level Earth Science and algebra in the 8th grade. Rosoff is also experimenting with giving 8th graders the English Regents, typically offered to 11th graders.

MS 101 has joined the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) designed to offer struggling readers special instruction in small groups. Children come in early three mornings a week and have reading groups, similar to those typically found in elementary school. Ensuring that all students graduate from 8th grade ready to read high school texts is Rosoff's top priority. He hired a former elementary school teacheras an assistant principal to help in this initiative.

While the school is safe and orderly, a few children grumble that students dont always treat one another with respect, according to the Learning Environment Survey. To address that, Rosoff has instituted a program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which gives rewards to students for good behaviorsuch as picking up a scrap of litter in the hall or running an errand for the office staff. Before, there was no reward for kids who were doing the right thing, Rosoff said.

The school has a good record of sending graduates to top high schools. Recent graduates have been admitted to Bronx High School of Science, The High School of Anerican Studies at Lehman College, Bronx Cente for Science and Mathematics, Townsend Harris in Queens and Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematcis,

Special education: The school offers a range of special education services including self-contained and team-teaching classes. A few students from the District 75 school in the building, P 10, are integrated into regular classes.

Admissions: District 8. One-third of the students are chosen based on their attendance and test scores. The other two-thirds are chosen at random. (Clara Hemphill, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
501
Asian
13.4%
Black
10.0%
Hispanic
55.3%
White
19.4%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
67%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 304 and a District 75 program, PS X010
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
94%
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?
82%
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?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
61%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.6
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
62%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
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?
37%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
51%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English, Spanish, Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
49%
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?
Bronx HS of Science, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, and Westchester Square Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
17%
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
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.88
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.2
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.1
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.58
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
70%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
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