I.S. 381

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Weekly enrichment clusters offer students a wide range of activities

The Downside

The school has its own gym, but it is very small

Our Review

MS 381renamed the Middle School for the New Millennium in 2007draws children from across District 22 to its strong science program. Housed on the top two floors of PS 197s eye-catching 100-year-old redbrick school building, the small school serves children who live in the zone as well as those who are admitted to a gifted program. However, zoned children and those admitted to the gifted program are taught in the same classrooms. Principal Mary Harrington, who founded the school in 1999, says the school offers enrichment to all students, and academic standards are high throughout the school.

Originally a magnet school for biological sciences, MS 381 has a high school-quality science lab. Eighth graders use the lab for weekly projects and may take both living environment and math Regents exams. In recent years, 100 percent of students who took the exam have passed.

Class sizes are small, 25 at the largest, with smaller classes available when students need extra help. All classes meet for double periods so that students have ample time with the material. Teaching staff includes both veterans and new teachers, and the teaching we observed was strong. Many facilities, like the auditorium and cafeteria, are shared with PS 197. MS 381 does have its own gym, but both students and staff complain that its too small.

In the 2010-11 school year, MS 381 adopted a schoolwide enrichment clusters program, in which students choose from more than 25 different activities, including martial arts, mosaics, Russian, cooking, and peer mediation. Each cluster meets on Friday mornings and includes students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Clusters run for a semester, and students produce a project at the end of that period.

Graduates attend a wide range of high schools, though many choose to attend the smaller ones. According to parent coordinator Michelle Turner, because of the schools small student body it can provide assistance in navigating the high school application and selection process to every student and family. In recent years, a number of students have been accepted into the specialized high schools.

Harrington says that MS 381 treats college attendance as an expectation. Students begin to explore higher-education options and go on visits to local universities, and current college students are invited to speak to middle-school students about college life.

Special Education: The principal is a former special education teacher, and she calls the special ed program as seamless as possible. The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching and self-contained classrooms. Students are in general education classrooms whenever possible.

Admissions: Priority goes to students who live in the zone. In addition, District 22 students with strong academic records, good attendance and a teacher recommendation may apply. The school also accepts students from other districts and boroughs. Admission to the gifted programis determined by a combination of factors making up a "composite score"the final 4th grade report card counts for 40 percent, state tests 40 percent, attendance ten percent and student performance measures ten percent. (Tom Jacobs, February 2011; admissions updated January 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
290
Asian
8.6%
Black
53.5%
Hispanic
18.3%
White
17.6%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
61%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
15%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 197
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
68%
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?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
28%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
16.8
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
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?
13%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
38%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
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?
64%
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?
5%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
91%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Midwood HS, James Madison HS, and Abraham Lincoln 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?
10%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
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
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.99
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.08
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.27
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.91
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.12
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
82%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
90% Citywide Average
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