M.S. 126 John Ericsson

Grades 6-8
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Location

424 Leonard Street
Brooklyn NY 11222
Greenpoint (District 14)
Trains: G to Nassau Ave ; L to Metropolitan Ave-Lorimer St
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B62, Q59

Contact

Phone
718-782-2527
Principal
Maria Ortega
Parent Coordinator
Evelyn Castillo

What’s Special

Improved atmosphere and interesting partnerships

The Downside

Declining enrollment and persistently low test scores

Our Review

MS 126 has long struggled with declining enrollment, low test scores and a poor atmosphere, but there are some signs of an improved tone and learning environment. On the eastern edge of McCarron Park, MS 126 shares a building with two charter schools: Believe Northside Charter High School and Citizens of the World Charter School 1.

The school has undergone multiple leadership changes in recent years. Marcos Bausch, a former assistant principal at a Washington Heights school, took over as principal in 2011. Some parents told the Queens Ledger that they have seen positive changes since he arrived at the school. Overall, parents reported being more satisfied with the education their children are receiving at MS 126 after Principal Bausch arrived than in the previous years, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Teachers also give Bausch good marks, with the majority of teachers reporting that he is an effective manager who understands how children learn and is aware of what is happening in the classroom.

Ninety-six percent of teachers reported that order and discipline were maintained at the school in the 2012-2013 school year, whereas just 31 percent said the same the year before. Bausch sets high expectations for respect amongst students and staff and communicates behavioral expectations clearly, according to the schools Quality Review. The principal meets regularly with a team of guidance counselors, social workers, a dean, and the assistant principals to discuss individual students needs. The school also receives support from the Diplomas Now program, which provides extra academic and behavioral support to students.

MS 126 offers various extracurricular activities, some of which were developed in the last two years with student input. Students may participate in various sports, ballroom dance, robotics, or chess club. A partnership with the U.S. Navy allows students to create their own land and underwater robots, and the Chess in the Schools program facilitates the schools chess club.

English language learners: Students who are learning English are taught alongside their English-speaking classmates and receive extra support from an ESL teacher in class.

Special education: MS 126 offers self-contained classes as well as integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms in which students with special needs are mixed with students from the general population. ICT classes feature two teachers, one of whom is certified to teach special education.

Admissions: Unscreened Priority for residents of District 14. (Pauline Zaldonis, web reports, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
393
Asian
1.5%
Black
19.6%
Hispanic
62.6%
White
14.8%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
11%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares its building with Citizens of the World Charter School and Northside Charter HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
75%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.9
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
91%
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?
16%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
33%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
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?
17%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
79%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Williamsburg Preparatory School, Williamsburg HS for Architecture and Design, and Northside Charter HS
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%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
44%
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
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.93
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.07
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.13
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.01
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.34
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
80%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
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