Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Students take college courses to prepare for careers in medicine.

The Downside

Few advanced courses; campus-wide concern for security.

Our Review

The Math, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (MAST) is one of four small schools housed in the Campus Magnet building, the former home of Andrew Jackson High School, which was shut down in the mid-1990's for poor performance. Overall, MAST has the best record of achievement among the Campus Magnet schools. Though many students start school performing below grade level, the school also attracts more students with solid math and science skill than the other Campus Magnet schools.

The school offers honors classes in English and math and participates in campus-wide Advanced Placement classes, open to students in all four schools. There are College Now classes in select subjects and MAST participates in the Queens Bridges to Medicine program, where highly motivated students take courses at York College to prepare them for careers in medicine and the sciences. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

Unlike the newer breed of small schools that were created with the support of outside organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MAST and its sister schools in the building opened with little vision and fewer resources. After languishing for years with poor student achievement, MAST made some gains with the help of improved organization building-wide, a steady increase in its graduation rate and the best attendance rate among all schools in the building. A low percentage of students, however, are considered college ready, indicating that they scored high enough on state exams to avoid remedial classes at CUNY.

The entire campus was designated an Impact School in the 2006-07 school year, meaning that it was identified by the city as a facility in need of extra security. The school came off the Impact list a year later and was reorganized, with each school assigned its own dedicated space and lunch and gym periods. Unfortunately, security concerns persist, requiring students in all schools to enter the building through a single entrance in the cafeteria where they must pass through metal detectors.

The addition of a campus-wide Assistant Principal of Security in 2011 is helping the schools unify their efforts to improve student safety and the overall tone of the building. Students in all schools now wear uniforms; MAST Students wear purple polo shirts with black bottoms. The culture of the building has changed a bit, said a MAST teacher. Now kids go straight to class, they dont linger in the hallways and we know exactly who our kids are and if someone from another school is not where theyre supposed to be.

In the 2010-11 Learning Environment survey, teachers gave low marks to the administration, with 65 percent describing the principal, Jose Cruz, as an ineffective manager. The majority of students who answered the survey felt that they were offered good academic support, although 38 percent gave low marks for safety on school grounds outside the building. Nearly half of all students said the school is not kept clean.

The Campus Magnet building is situated in a quiet, residential area surrounded by small homes. The building's early 20th century architecture exudes a pleasant and welcoming aura, boasting a stately entrance surrounded by manicured lawns, wrought iron fencing and a flag pole soaring several stories high. All four schools, which also include Humanities & Arts Magnet High School; Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship; and Law, Government, and Community Service, share use of the auditorium, gym, cafeteria, newly renovated library and sports fields out back.

The school is not near any subway lines. Most students take the E or F train to the Parsons Boulevard station and transfer to a bus.

There are Special Education Teaching Support Services (SETSS), and there is a small population of English language learners who get extra help from campus-wide ESL instructors who serve students in all schools.

There are campus-wide PSAL sports including basketball, football, bowling, track, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball and softball.

College: Less than half of students who enter the school as ninth graders end up attending college, just under the citywide average. College-bound graduates usually go to two- or four- year colleges at CUNY or SUNY.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, visited November 2008; updated with interviews at high school fair, October 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
426
Asian
10.3%
Black
68.3%
Hispanic
12.7%
White
2.1%
Other
6.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
7%
Male
65%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This schools shares the Magnet Educational (Andrew Jackson) Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
78%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
40%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
37%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
73%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
36%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
28%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
39%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
28%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
46%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
48%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
39%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
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?
59%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
43%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
56%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
70%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
22%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
32%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
58%
63% Citywide Average
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%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
100%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
50%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
33%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Science Research
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Focuses on academic excellence, meeting all standards via the integration of scientific and technological instruction

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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