I.S. 228 David A. Boody

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Dual language and magnet programs

The Downside

Very large for a middle school

Our Review

David A. Boody is a popular school in a residential area of Gravesend with a multi-ethnic mix of students, solid academics and lots of technology. 

The school offers dual language programs in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Hebrew that are open to students from anywhere in Brooklyn who know enough of the target language to gain admission. It also has a magnet program open to students in District 21 that is comprised of nine “talents”—art, athletics, chess, dance, science, music, musical theater, creative writing and digital art. 

Music, a particular strength here, features a jazz band, a concert band, a string orchestra, a string chamber ensemble and a winds ensemble. Students in the dance program work in many genres with the help of teaching artists. In 2017, the student dancers visited museums and then used the artworks they saw to inspire their choreography. The digital arts program includes computer software operation, networking and computer graphics, while the science magnet enables kids to go beyond the standard curriculum to study fields such as marine science and to take the Living Environment Regents in eighth grade

Dominick D’Angelo, who became principal in 2007 after a career in business, is a big proponent of technology. Laptops, document cameras and laptops are available to students and teachers,  according to Boody’s Comprehensive Education Plan. In 2016, it received $570,000 to create a STEM lab it will use as part of the South Brooklyn Engineering Pipeline, a curriculum and teacher training program. Boody even uses technology – in this case an app – to fight bullying. 

In 2010, Boody adopted the School of One program for almost all math students, knocking down walls and reconfiguring much of the second floor to accommodate it. The program combines teacher instruction with work on computers, small group work and an online assessment every day. Students move on to the next topic only if they pass that assessment. Launched under former schools chancellor Joel Klein and once hailed by Time Magazine as the wave of the future, School of One was introduced in five New York City schools with an eye toward expansion. Results were mixed, and several of the schools that tested it abandoned it. D’Angelo, though, has been enthusiastic about it and it remains in place at Boody. 

Students may take the Living Environment, earth science and algebra Regents in 8th grade. The dual language programs include students fluent in English whose families want them to gain proficiency in the other language and those who use the other language and seek to learn English.  Students are expected to work in the two languages and so become fluent in them.

The school has seen its enrollment increase by two-thirds in six years, something that D’Angelo attributes partly to the language offerings. 

A Department of Education report praised the school for engaging students at all academic levels and working to ensure that they mastered the curriculum. A program called STOMP (Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program) enables students considered at risk to meet with a teacher mentor during lunch once a week to discuss problems they might be having and other issues. 

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted in three ways. Those in the zone are automatically eligible for the regular zoned program. Children must take a test for the magnet program, which is open to students and residents of District 21. Dual language programs are open to children from throughout Brooklyn, based on language proficiency and interest. The magnet and some of the dual language programs are quite competitive, with eight or nine applicants for every seat (Gail Robinson, March 2014; update based on web reports and school data, September 2017)

 

About the students

Enrollment
1383
Asian
27.9%
Black
7.2%
Hispanic
26.3%
White
37.7%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
11%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
105%
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?
15%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
45%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
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?
45%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
51%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teacher in Theater (part-time), Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
85%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
26%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
90%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Edward R. Murrow HS, James Madison HS, and Midwood 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 Dual Language classes in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Hebrew.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
2%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
53%
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
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.19
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.87
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.26
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.23
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.26
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

228 Avenue S
Brooklyn NY 11223
Gravesend (District 21)
Trains: F to Kings Highway ; N to Ave U
Buses: B3, B4, B82

Contact

Phone
718-375-7635
Principal
Dominick Dangelo
Parent Coordinator
Gina Poggi

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