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The Computer School (M.S. 245)

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
100 West 77th Street
Manhattan NY 10024
Phone: 917-441-0873
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Progressive, project-based school

The Downside

No full-time music teacher; Spanish only

At the Computer School students research and write in all classes, take field trips and make things by hand—with or without technology. You are as likely to see a group of students rehearsing Romeo and Juliet or creating a podcast, as you are to see them coding or gaming on a computer.

Integration of subjects is a hallmark of the lessons: a study of Ancient Greece includes a trip the Metropolitan Museum of Art, charcoal drawings of Greek vases, and an exploration of the book Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths. “We try to help the kids make connections and be critical thinkers,” said Sara Sloves, the parent coordinator. The study ends with a Greek Olympics; teens make crests and wear armor and compete in the gym.

The school hones what it does well rather than to attempt a “smattering of this and that,” said Sloves. While there is only one foreign language offered (Spanish) and no full-time music teacher, art and technology are fully infused into the school day, and the school does not separate students by academic ability, except for 8th grade Regents Algebra.

English, social studies, Spanish, art and digital media classes mix 6th and 7th graders as a way to incorporate the youngest students into the life of the school. They follow a two-year curriculum, studying colonial history one year, immigration the next.

Instead of textbooks, students use documents, paintings or articles as sources in history, and augment studies with trips, for example, a trip to the Tenement Museum. Eighth graders visit a mosque, a Buddhist Temple, a synagogue and a church to learn about world religions. However, the lack of textbooks may be a downside depending on the child: one parent said her son failed to bring order to the mess of handouts packed in his backpack.

The building is wireless, and there are laptops and Smart Boards. Every child visits the STEAM lab (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) twice a week. In the lab they do a project using the game MineCraft to create a setting for the dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, among other interdisciplinary projects.

A wide variety of weekly enrichment classes include podcasting, art, gaming and sustainability for the upper two grades. Sixth graders meet weekly to discuss adjustment to middle school and other issues relevant to them.

The school’s “Respect For All” theme looks at racism, religion and “how we can be more respectful and compassionate,” Sloves said.  The Spectrum club, for LGBTQ+ students and their allies, attended a gender and sexuality summit hosted by Stuyvesant High School, she said.

The school shares a building with PS 452 and the Anderson School. 

Special Education: There are often two teachers in the room. “We have lots of learning specialists. It’s been working really well. Kids have a lot of opportunity to refine their skills,” Sloves said.

Admissions: Four big tours are offered in the fall but are not required for admissions. District 3 priority. “If there’s a critical mass of people asking for tours, I’ll add one more smaller tour at the very end,” Sloves said. The school looks at grades, attendance, test scores and the “personal and academic behaviors” report from elementary school. The school commits to at least 19 percent students with IEPs. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
68%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% 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?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
12.8

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?
67%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
85%
44% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Beacon High School, Frank McCourt High School, and Millennium High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, English, Spanish

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
66%
29% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
400
Asian
8%
Black
12%
Hispanic
28%
White
48%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
27%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
2%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
7%
23% Citywide Average

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?
28%
15% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
45%
18% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: B Line, C Line to 81st St-Museum of Nat Hist; 2 Line, 3 Line to 72nd St; 1 Line to 79th St
Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M5, M57, M7, M72, M79, M86-SBS

Contact

Principal
Henry Zymeck
Parent Coordinator
SARA SLOVES

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Anderson School and MS 247
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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