Mott Hall III

Grades 6-8
Staff Pick
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What’s Special

A nurturing school with a thoughtful mix of freedom and structure.

The Downside

Large class size

Our Review

Mott Hall III, based on two other popular Mott Hall schools, offers students the opportunity to do hands-on projects, with an emphasis on math, science and technology, and engage in discussions within the structure of a more traditional school.

The school offers awards for academics and for students who demonstrate the "3 C's" - Citizenship, Caring and Conviction. In the hallway, teachers lead students in quiet, orderly lines. A tucked-in Oxford shirt, and tie, with khaki pants or a skirt is required. Weekly progress reports go home regarding conduct, dress code and class work.

At the same time, teachers challenge children to be independent and outspoken. Every classroom has a poster with prompts to encourage kids to speak up and explain why.Teachers push kids to think by "not giving in and telling them the answer," according to a 6th grade math teacher. We watched a teacher pause to allow a 6th grader enough time to recall the difference between "addends" and "factors," which she had momentarily forgotten. Another student took the time to explain his answer to a word problem: "'More than' is a key phrase for subtraction," he began. "If they can't tell you when they don't understand it fully," said a teacher, "they probably don't understand it fully."

Although the school does not offer advanced Regent's level science or math classes, teachers give top students harder problems from their Connected Math program books. Students also practice science or math skills at their own pace inside or outside the classroom using an online program called Khan Academy.

With classes of over 30 students, teachers take a close look at test results to become familiar with each child's area of weakness. The last period of the day is set aside for skill practice in these areas, while top students study for the specialized high school exam, or attempt an extra challenge, like making a math game.

In an effort to boost reading skills, and general knowledge, students read books in every subject including math, social studies and science. Teachers create simple outlines to assist struggling students in reading the more technical books.

Wednesday's well-organized "talent periods" are teacher-led classes in chess, baking, singing, rock band, drumming, creative writing, poetry and more. These periods rotate a few times during the year and culminate in student performances. Trips to the Paley Center for Media, Yankees Stadium and the Museum of Natural History tie in with talent period themes.

Principal Jorisis Stupart emphasized that the special education program is very flexible. Children in "self-contained" classes who need more challenge in a subject, such as math or English, may join team-taught classes that mix children with special needs and general ed students. Stupart said students with special needs are expected to reach for "independence, responsibility and high-standards," just like everyone else.

The school moved from the top two floors of PS 55 to a building shared with PS 110, across the street from Crotona Park. The move did not result in more space, but it enables Mott Hall III students to have the use of a real gym and nicer classrooms according to Stupart.

Top graduates attend Bard, Bronx Science, High School of American Studies, Brooklyn Latin and other specialized high schools. Other popular choices include parochial schools and Bronx Center for Science and Math.

Admissions: Students must mark it as their first choice and are chosen based on a one-on-one interview, a writing sample, math and ELA scores, attendance, and work habits. There is a week-long summer orientation. (Lydie Raschka, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
360
Asian
1.7%
Black
43.1%
Hispanic
54.7%
White
0.0%
Other
0.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 110
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
105%
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?
14%
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?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
64%
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?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
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?
48%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
45%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
81%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
73%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
84%
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?
25%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
94%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Marble Hill HS for International Studies, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, and University Heights Secondary School
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?
3%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
23%
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
1.9
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.21
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.9
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.14
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.1
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.43
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
73%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
79%
90% Citywide Average
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