Science and Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School

Grades 6-8

Location

250 East 164 Street
Bronx NY 10456
Concourse (District 9)
Trains: 4, B, D to 161st St-Yankee Stadium ; B, D to 167th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-293-4017
Principal
Dr. Patrick Awosogba
Parent Coordinator
Sonja Fernandez

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

International Baccalaureate curriculum

The Downside

Attendance could be better

Our Review

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).

 

About the students

Enrollment
433
Asian
2.8%
Black
27.0%
Hispanic
69.8%
White
0.2%
Other
0.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
20%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Grant Avenue Elementary School and the Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
28%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
20%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
75%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.0
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%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
50%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% 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?
31%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
37%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Theater and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
92%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
79%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
87%
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?
26%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
84%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International HS (KAPPA), School for Excellence, and Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
1%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
59%
42% 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
1.97
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.13
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.45
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.47
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
84%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
80%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
78%
89% Citywide Average
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