KIPP Washington Heights Middle School

Grades 5-8
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Location

21 Jumel Place
Manhattan NY 10032
Washington Heights (District 6)

Contact

Phone
212-991-2620
Principal
Natalie Webb/Danny Swersky

What’s Special

Strong academics in a charter that is part of a successful network

The Downside

Classrooms are a little bare

Our Review

KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, part of a successful network of charter schools that emphasize character development,opened with a 5th grade in 2012 in the former IS 90 building. Graduates may attend KIPP NYC College Prep High School.

The school has a calm and gentle tone. No teachers raised their voices during our visit, and children seemed happy, relaxed and engaged. The school does a good job helping children who begin 5th grade with weak academic skills catch up and get ready for demanding high schools.

Children spend part of the day in tiny classes with just seven children and part of the day working on computers in classes of 50 or more. The arrangement allows teachers to give small groups of children focused attention, improving their reading and math skills.

The day is broken up into sessions of reading, writing and math. Science and social studies are taught as part of the reading curriculum in which children read nonfiction books. This means a large part of the day is devoted to improving reading, which research shows takes more effort than improving math.

For kids who are really behind in math and reading, it takes a lot more time to catch up in reading,said Principal Danny Swersky.

Unlike some other charters, the administration of KIPP works hard to get along with the other schools in the building, MS 319 and MS 324. Space is shared amicably: The KIPPsters have lunch in the cafeteria mid-morning, allowing the other children to eat at a more normal lunch time.

The building is clean and well-lit. Some of the classrooms were a bit bare and without many books. But computers and other supplies seemed ample.

The school prides itself on retaining students, including those with academic or behavior problems. One child who was suspended was allowed to return if his family agreed to let him attend counseling sessions three times a week. There is a full-time social worker.

Special education: KIPP offers counseling, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special education student support services (SETSS).

Admissions: Students are admitted by lottery with a preference to those living in District 6. Submit applications by April 1. (Clara Hemphill, June 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
914
Asian
0.1%
Black
11.3%
Hispanic
87.2%
White
0.9%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 324 and MS 319
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
131%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
10%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
78% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
73%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
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?
53%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
49%
30% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
71%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
75%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
48%
26% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.54
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.91
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.33
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
63%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
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