J.H.S. 80 The Mosholu Parkway

Grades 6-8

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

What’s Special

Standardized test scores on the rise

The Downside

School was scheduled to close and reopen with different leadership

Our Review

Lovey Mazique-Rivera, who replaced Kim Piccolino as principal in 2004, was removed in March 2012 and replacedl by Lauren Reiss, who was principal of IS 166 before it closed in 2011. Subsequently Emanuel Polanco was named interim acting principal. The school's test scores rose significantly in 2012 despite it being named a "turnaround school" slated to have a name change and a change in staff. The turnaround designation came after JHS 80 was supposed to receive Small Improvement Grant funding of up to $2 million to implement the Restart intervention model. Each Restart school was to be matched to a non-profit educational partner organization that would work closely with the principal and school community to implement a targeted improvement plan aimed at strengthening the curriculum, developing academic supports for students, and helping teachers improve practice.

2002 Review: With eighth grade English and math scores well below the city\'s already dismal average, the Isobel Rooney Middle School has not had much to boast about in recent years. Then, in 2001, the school received some welcome news: a spike in English test results. A harbinger of things to come? Yes, if the school\'s new principal, Kim Piccolino, has her way. \"Wherever my kids are, I will move them further academically and socially,\" she said. \"I want to help them make better choices than they currently exhibit in their character.\" Piccolino rewards good behavior by heaping praise on students when it is called for. \"I am really proud of your changes,\" we heard her tell one student when we visited. The school has been spruced up under her direction. Hallways are spotless and newly-painted, with bright colors replacing institutional green. Piccolino is updating the main library, while developing small classroom libraries, too.

Rooney is a magnet school built around the theme of \"community exploration.\" Students may perform community service in nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. The school is structured to encourage a close rapport between students and teachers. Entering kids are placed in one of several houses where they stay with the same group of instructors until graduation. Close to two thirds of the students are Hispanic, but other kids come from places as diverse as Albania and Bangladesh- for these immigrants the school offers a strong English immersion program.

The school boasts several celebrities as graduates: Penny Marshall, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

(Jacquie Wayans, 2002)

About the students

Enrollment
655
Asian
13.9%
Black
12.7%
Hispanic
66.6%
White
6.1%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
35%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS/MS 280
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
81%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
21%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
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?
33%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.2
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
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?
64%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
66%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
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?
16%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
14%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
82%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
60%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
27%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
80%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Marble Hill HS for International Studies, HS of Computers and Technology, and DeWitt Clinton HS
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%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
7%
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
1.79
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.14
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.07
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.88
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.15
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
60%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
90% Citywide Average
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