Science and Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School
Bronx NY 10456
Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.
International Baccalaureate curriculum
Attendance could be better
At Science and Technology Academy, students benefit from rich instruction and a lot of after-school activities.
In all grades, teachers use the International Baccalaureate program, which offers class discussions, thoughtful research papers and imaginative courses. For instance, instead of traditional English and social studies classes, students take courses such as “Individual and Societies,” “Language Acquisition” and “Language and Literature”, according the school’s website.
Lessons emphasize skills such as communication, social and self-management, research and analytical thinking, according to the schools 2016-17 Quality Review. For example, in their language and literature class, students study food chains and consumption and tackled questions such as “How do we make decisions about what we eat?” and “How is each food changing responsible and irresponsible?” In science, students design their own experiments and present their findings to the class for feedback, according to the school’s website.
Overall, teachers, parents and students give the school high marks for safety, leadership and setting high standards, based on responses to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey.
Math and English test scores run average for the city but exceed the district average. The school has a good record of challenging stronger students while raising the achievement of those arriving with weak skills, according to the 2015-16 Quality Snapshot. By the end of 8th grade, roughly one-quarter of students earn high school credit by taking algebra.
Attendance rates could be stronger. Daily attendance falls below the citywide average, while the chronic absentee rates (percent of students absent for at least 10 percent of the school year) exceed the city’s average.
After school and on Saturdays, teachers volunteer to help students with high school admissions, according to the Quality Review. They take students to visit high schools, support them through the specialized high schools admissions process and help them obtain private school scholarships.
Onsite after-school activities, which include sports, arts and technology offerings are run by the Sports and Arts Foundation. The school also provides homework help and academic support sessions after school and on Saturdays. There are basketball and baseball teams that compete with other middle schools.
ADMISSIONS: Open to students and residents of Districts 9 and 10 with priority to those residing in the school’s zone. The school typically has space for students from across Districts 9 and 10. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017; photo from school’s Instagram account).