The School for Inquiry and Social Justice

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Stable leadership, cohesive staff

The Downside

Some concerns about the neighborhood

Our Review

The School for Inquiry and Social Justice, founded in 2004, offers interesting projects, stable leadership and a good record of academic achievement. The school has consistently received top marks on the Department of Education. It received a "well-developed" on the Quality Review, the highest rating.

One year, children took part in what their teachers called a "virtual archeological excavation" in a project that combined history, English, math and science. Children learned about ancient Rome and the ancient city of Pompeii that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. They pretended they were archaeologists and dug through plastic bins filled with sand and artifacts. Students recorded the mass, volumes and densities of each object they uncovered and wrote essays about what they learned. [See YouTube videos about the project.]

Teachers give Founding Principal Andrea Cypys high marks and they say they would recommend it to parents, according to annual surveys. Children say they feel safe in class, although they express some concerns about safety in the neighborhood.The school shares a building with JHS 123.

Admissions: Unscreened. Children who apply will be selected at random. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2013, updated Septwember 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
541
Asian
4.3%
Black
23.8%
Hispanic
70.1%
White
0.5%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 123
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
88%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
23%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
23%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
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?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
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?
42%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
37%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for an Auditorium
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
50%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
12%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
82%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Schuylerville Preparatory HS
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?
4%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
32%
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
2.02
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.14
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.05
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.24
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
45%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
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?
97%
90% Citywide Average
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