J.H.S. 8 Richard S. Grossley

Grades 6-8

Location

108-35 167 Street
Queens NY 11433
Jamaica (District 28)
Buses: Q111, Q112, Q114, Q42, Q5, Q60

Contact

Phone
718-739-6883
Principal
Angela Green
Parent Coordinator
Nicole Martinez

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

What’s Special

Principal greets students each morning

The Downside

Students complain of fights

Our Review

JHS 8, which serves a predominantly African-American community, has long been a struggling school. Students complain of fights and bullying and most teachers say there are problems with discipline, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Test scores and attendance are poor, and enrollment has steadily declined in recent years.

Angela Green, principal since 2010, has tried to improve the tone of the school, working closely with parents, greeting students outside the school each morning and standing outside at dismissal, according to the Quality Review. Parents feel strongly that their ideas are welcomed and represented in the school, the review said.

The school shares a building with York Early College Academy, and with the Emerson School.

Special education: The school serves a large number of children with special needs. There are "self-contained" classes, only for children with special needs. The school also has team-taught "inclusion classes," where two teachers work in the same classroom with general education students and students with special needs.

Admission: Neighborhood school (Clara Hemphill, web reports, 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
357
Asian
17.7%
Black
45.7%
Hispanic
23.5%
White
0.3%
Other
12.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
16%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with York Early College Academy and the Emerson School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
58%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
37%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
47%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
76%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
83% 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
7.1
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
77%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
65%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
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?
18%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
22%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 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?
61%
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
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?
82%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Hillcrest HS, John Adams HS, and Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education 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?
24%
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
1.66
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.97
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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