J.H.S. 201 The Dyker Heights

Grades 5-8
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Location

8010 12 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11228
Dyker Heights (District 20)
Buses: B1, B16, B4, B64, B70

Contact

Phone
718-833-9363
Principal
Robert Ciulla
Parent Coordinator
Margaret Kelly

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

What’s Special

Stable leadership; longtime principal replaced by assistant principal who attended the school himself

The Downside

Kids say some teachers are too strict

Our Review

The first middle school to introduce District 20's gifted education program, IS 201 now has a sizable number of gifted, or "superintendent's" classes. The program at IS 201, which emphasizes math and science, attracts a number of kids from beyond the neighborhood. Students, who are admitted based on test scores, take Regents (high school) level math and earth science classes, often going on to pass the Math A Regents in 8th grade -- two years ahead of usual. Kids also study architecture, if the models of bridges adorning classrooms are any indication, and a small instrumental music program is available as well.

In addition to the gifted classes, IS 201 offers a magnet program in law. We watched social studies students engaged in lawyerly debate at "trials" in the mock courtrooms set up in classrooms.

IS 201 takes pains to spread around teacher talent in order that kids throughout the school may benefit. Therefore, all teachers are responsible for a range of classes in and out of the superintendent's program. The idea is that through teacher movement, creative ideas from one program may be cross-fertilized to another. Also, English as a Second Language and special education classes are scattered throughout the building, in the hope that students will not feel segregated from each other. (Whether the kids, in fact, feel that way is difficult to know.)

Principal Madeleine Brennan, who has been at IS 201 for more than 40 years, takes a no-nonsense attitude toward education and discipline, saying she requires "academic excellence of every student." As a measure of its success, the school boasts that a large group of students enter the specialized high schools every year. In 2003, more than 100 graduates went on to Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.

Unfortunately, the school's popularity has led to a problem in recent years -- overcrowding. There are so many students that computer labs are used for conducting regular academic classes. One thing we would have liked to see in the school was a richer display of student work. Halls were pretty bare.

Admissions: In addition to the superintendent's program, students from outside the neighborhood may apply to the magnet program, which aims to build a diverse student body. (Catherine Man, November 2003)

About the students

Enrollment
1522
Asian
48.9%
Black
0.4%
Hispanic
15.8%
White
34.2%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
112%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
5%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
54%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.9
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
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?
99%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
92%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
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?
96%
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?
66%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
65%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 4 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?
76%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
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?
45%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
95%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Fort Hamilton HS, New Utrecht HS, and Brooklyn Technical 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?
5%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
72%
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
1.94
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.56
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.32
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.46
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.48
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
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