M.S. 44, William O'Shea Complex

100 West 77th Street
Manhattan NY 10024

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What’s Special

The school is a calmer place than it was.

The Downside

Academic achievement remains low.

The MS 44 building now houses three schools: a zoned elementary school, PS 452; a middle school serving children from District 3, The Computer School; and a gifted school for children from all five boroughs, the Anderson School.

MS 44, a District 3 middle school, was closed in June 2011 for poor performance. It had a reputation for violence and a revolving door of principals with five principals in five years, although things seemed to be improving under the leadership of Liza Ortiz—there was a calmer atmosphere, smaller enrollment, and fewer kids with behavior problems. However, Ortiz’s aggressive reporting put MS 44 on the state's list of "persistently dangerous" schools. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

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Contact & Location


Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 Line to 79th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to 72nd St; B Line, C Line to 81st St-Museum of Natural History
Buses: M5, M7, M10, M11, M57, M72, M79-SBS, M104


Liza Ortiz

Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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