Comprehensive Model School Project M.S. 327

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Lots of support, lifeguard training and swimming pool

The Downside

Many more applicants than seats

Our Review

MS/HS 327, the Comprehensive Model School Project, is a well-run school in a beautiful building that offers solid academics and lots of extra support for students. The school day is an hour longer than usual, children spend extra time in reading and math lessons and teachers pitch in on Saturdays to provide extra help. Teachers aim to prepare children of all skills for college-level work: We’re not “sending anyone out there to fail,” said Principal Alixandre Ricci.

The tone is respectful, genuine and warm. Students greet their young principal in cheery voices and hug well-loved aides. They enjoy plenty of elbow room as they reach into shiny lockers that line wide, colorful hallways.

The Comprehensive Model School Project, opened as a middle school in 2003, expanded to high school in 2012 when it moved to the New Settlement Community Campus, a modern community center with a swimming pool, dance studio and rooftop garden. The building also houses PS 555 Mount Eden Children's Academy and a medical clinic for students run by Montefiore Hospital.

Teachers strive to ensure that all students, from struggling learners to high achievers, stay engaged and on track. Middle school students have three periods of English a day: reading, writing and independent reading. Teachers often go over skills the first and last five minutes of class time, such as the type of subject and predicate exercises they will see on the SAT. Struggling children retake classes in small groups if they fail the first time; on our visit we saw six children in the library reviewing material to catch up on English credits.

Students take math and science every year. By 8th grade all students take high school level living environment and algebra. High achievers may take honors courses in select grades and move on to Advanced Placement courses in European history, biology and English.

Ricci began her career in 2006 as an English teacher at MS/HS 327. She was an assistant principal until 2015, when the founding principal, Manuel Ramirez, left to become superintendent of District 6. One hundred percent of the staff reported Ricci was an effective manager on school surveys in her second year.

Ricci likes the fact that the school spans from 6th through 12th grade, which allows teachers to draw on a longer shared history when a child is going through a rough patch. The kids “don’t want to disappoint you,” she said. To help kids get to know each other, different ages eat together during the school’s three lunch periods, and older children work with younger ones as volunteers or paid helpers in the building.

The school has a partnership with Lehman College, an easy ride on the Number 4 subway outside the front door. Some students earn 12 to 14 free college credits by the time they leave high school.

With its focus on academics, MS/HS 327 has few electives and minimal art. Even electives tend to be academic, Ricci said, such as African history, computer technology or Greek club, although other choices include gardening, sports and drama. About 40 children take a lifeguard certification course at the swimming pool and half a dozen or so are hired to work as lifeguards there. Spanish instruction begins in middle school.

MS/HS 327 is part of the city’s Community Schools Initiative, which gives extra funding for onsite social services to at-risk youth and their families.

The school has a full-time and a part-time college advisor. Students in the first graduating class in 2016 got into a range of State University of New York and City University of New York schools. One student got into New York University and another got into a competitive nursing program at Stonybrook.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Children in the “self-contained” classes join their general education peers for select classes such as dance and science.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery open to districts 9 and 10, with priority to students graduating from Mount Eden Children’s Academy. There are about a dozen seats and nearly 800 applicants for the other seats in 6th grade. Most 8th graders stay for the high school, which means typically only a few seats open for students applying from other schools. (Lydie Raschka, May 2017).

 

About the students

Enrollment
719
Asian
0.6%
Black
20.9%
Hispanic
77.8%
White
0.6%
Other
0.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
30%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
22% 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?
60%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
98%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
63%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
83% 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?
46%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
35%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time) and Music (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
61%
68% 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?
87%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
88%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Comprehensive Model School Project M.S. 327
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
84%
83% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
58%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
46%
48% Citywide Average
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?
6%
4% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
17%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
86%
65% 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
2.14
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.94
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.56
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.25
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
66%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
63%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Comprehensive Model School Project (CMSP)
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP European History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

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