MS 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation

Grades 6-8
Staff Pick for Special Ed
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What’s Special

Children who are disabled and those who are not study together

The Downside

Some disabled children need a smaller class

Our Review

MS 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation [until 2012 known as New Horizons Middle School] has strong leadership, a cohesive staff and a carefully thought-out plan to integrate children with disabilities in general education classes. Almost every class has two teachers, certified in both special education and their subject area. Principal Deanna Sinito takes particular care in pairing teachers who work well together. [Sinito left the school in August, 2015 to take a position with the central Department of Education. Her successor, Noreen Mills, has worked at the school since it opened in 1998, according to Chalkbeat NY.] There is a nice rapport between the administration and the faculty, and both the children and the teachers seem happy to be here. Children were planting a rooftop garden the day of our visita project that combined science and fun. Transitions between classes were smooth, and children were mostly engaged.

Sharing a building with PS 32, MS 442 has cheerful and well-equipped classrooms with children\'s artwork decorating the walls. Many of the students have poor academic skills, but teachers pride themselves on moving kids from the lowest levels on standardized tests to the middle of the pack. Children have instruction in small groups for one period before lunch four days a week to improve their skills.

More than 40 percent of the students receive special education services. Teachers work to provide support for the children who need extra help while offering challenges to those at the top. For example, in an English class, a very able child might read The Scarlet Letter or The Catcher in the Rye, while one who is struggling might read a graphic novel with just a few words on the page.

Teachers have plenty of time to plan lessons together and to visit one another\'s classes. Sinito encourages teachers to think of their school as an intellectual community in which both children and adults are constantly learning. Most schools post student work on the walls; MS 442 also posts teachers\' advice to one another about strategies for improving instruction. \"Teachers are really learning from each other,\" the principal said.

Graduates go on to Sunset Park High School, High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design, and Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, among other schools.

Special education: Almost every class is a collaborative team teaching class (CTT) with two teachers. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the programs specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

English language learners: The school has more than a dozen English language learners.

Admissions: District 15. (Clara Hemphill, May 2011; updated with information about the Nest Program by Pauline Zaldonis, August 2013; update principal 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
211
Asian
4.7%
Black
26.5%
Hispanic
45.0%
White
22.8%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
39%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 32
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
61%
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?
29%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.8
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
87%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
61%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
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?
26%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
94%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
86%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
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?
83%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Benjamin Banneker Academy, Gotham Professional Arts Academy, and HS of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
17%
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
1.95
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.16
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.09
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.14
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
82%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
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?
96%
90% Citywide Average
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