The Science and Medicine Middle School

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Strong leadership, hands-on science, good attendance rate

The Downside

English language arts scores have a way to go

Our Review

The Science and Medicine Middle School, opened in September 2009 in Canarsie, attracts students who want to become advocates for health in their community. The school boasts good attendance, a positive atmosphere and pretty good test scores, especially in science.

Principal Ingrid Thomas-Clark, a well-respected leader and the school's founder, said health advocacy is a particular need in Canarsie; asthma and diabetes are common problems here, and because many families lack health insurance, they don't visit a doctor regularly. Thomas-Clark knows the community well, having been principal of IS 232 for five years. IS 232 phased out due to poor performance, although overall achievement and behavior at the school had been steadily improving, she said. [Thomas-Clark's successor, as of fall 2014, is Dennis Herring Jr., formerly assistant principal at IS 68 Isaac Bildersee.]

Two health organizations that worked with IS 232 work with the new school, offering real-life exposure to medical professions. During the school day, students visit the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, rotating through different medical and administrative departments, and write about what they have learned. Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate sends medical care experts to the schoolto work with students, focusing on certain diseases and human anatomy. The project is part of an after school program that is aligned with classroom curriculum.

Many lessons are active and hands-on such as creating the parts of a cell in clay or donning chest waders to walk into a river to collect samples for a lesson in biodiversity using seine nets. Students in the picture at right are working on a math problem [photo from the school website]. Students follow an advanced curriculum and take three Regents exams in 8th grade: living environment, U.S. history, and algebra. Test score in English language arts are not as high as those in math and science.

The Science and Medicine Middle School shares a brand new building with the East Brooklyn Community High School, a new transfer high school for students who have been excessively truant or in danger of dropping out.

Special education: The school offers self-contained classes, SETSS, counseling and speech according to the school's Special Education Services Delivery Report.

Admission: Open to District 18. The school seeks students of all academic levels, including those with special education needs, who are interested in science and medicine. (Pamela Wheaton, March 2009 telephone interview; updated April 2014 and December 2014 by Lydie Raschka)

About the students

Enrollment
431
Asian
0.5%
Black
92.6%
Hispanic
5.6%
White
0.9%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
93%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
63%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
24%
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?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
84%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
76%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
84%
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?
17%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
26%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
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?
61%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
42%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
30%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
85%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, PROGRESS HS for Professional Careers, and Clara Barton HS
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?
0%
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
1.73
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.88
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.11
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.92
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.04
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
80%
90% Citywide Average
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