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Middle School High School

J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
330 East 21st Street
Manhattan NY 10010
Phone: 212-674-4545
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Lively school with lots of sports, drama and art

The Downside

No lockers.

MS 104 is a lively neighborhood middle school with strong academics and lots of sports, drama, and art—including ceramics. Open to everyone who lives in the zone, the school serves a wide range of students, including high-achievers, new immigrants just learning English and children with significant disabilities.

Children may play an instrument, practice yoga, sing in a school musical, write for the student newspaper, or learn to fence. Students may make their own “mummies” in a class on ancient Egypt, create “skyscrapers” from plastic straws in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) class, or write persuasive essays about gun control or freedom of speech in English class. 

Principal Rocco Macri says he works hard to make the school “a place where teachers want to work and where kids want to learn.” Teachers have the flexibility to decide what class trips students take—and children may go to Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, for free. Students sometimes have the freedom to choose what books they want to read.

“The teachers and staff genuinely care how the kids are doing, not just academically but socially,” PTA president Jessa Schwartz said. “If there is an issue, they deal with it with kindness, respect and understanding.”

To make the large school seem smaller, the school is divided into "houses" of four classes and four teachers who work as a team. Students stay in their house for most of their classes, cutting down on the time needed to travel between classes.  Teachers have a regularly scheduled time to meet, so they may plan curriculum together as a team, or discuss individual students' issues. Each grade has its own assistant principal and guidance counselor who follow children during their three years at the school.

The school has “special progress” or honors classes, which make up more than half the student body, and “academic” or general education classes. There is some movement between the two programs: Students who start in one may move to the other depending on their progress. All 8th graders, not just those in “special progress,” have the opportunity to take Regents-level math and science, classes typically offered in 9th grade.

The building is brightly lit and well-kept. One drawback: there are no lockers. Students keep their coats and books in wooden coat closets in their homerooms.

While some teachers responding to school surveys complain about problems with order and discipline, the school seemed unusually calm during our visit. Schwartz said some students complain about online bullying, but she was unaware of any problems with safety during the school day.  

Special education: The school has self-contained special education classes, as well as team teaching classes that mix special needs and general education students and have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Admissions: The school offers tours for prospective students and parents in the fall.Students who live in the zone are guaranteed a seat. Students who live outside the zone, but within District 2, may apply through the school choice process. (Clara Hemphill, March 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
58%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
61%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
74%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
77%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Brooklyn Technical High School, Baruch College Campus High School, and Millennium High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
50%
31% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1116
Asian
35%
Black
8%
Hispanic
18%
White
35%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
43%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
5%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
9%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
35%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
41%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
49%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: L Line to 1st Ave; 6 Line to 23rd St; 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7

Contact

Principal
Rocco Macri
Parent Coordinator
BLANCA RIVERA

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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