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M.S. M247 Dual Language Middle School

Grades: 6-8
100 West 77th Street
Manhattan NY 10024
Phone: 212-799-2653

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students study all subjects in both English and Spanish

The Downside

School may be too small for some

MS 247, the Dual Language Middle School is a tiny program dedicated to helping Spanish-speakers become more proficient in English while perfecting their native language. It also provides English speakers the opportunity to become fluent Spanish. Students learn all subjects in both languages and there’s extra emphasis on the culture and geography of Spanish speaking countries and communities throughout the world.

Dual Language gets high marks for the quality of its environment. Attendance is good. Teachers overwhelming say they would recommend the school to others and students overwhelming say they feel safe and there is little bullying, according to the annual NYC School Survey.

Kristina Jelinek has been the school’s principal since 2017. Prior to her arrival, Jelinek, a former special eduction teacher, was the assistant principal at the 30th Avenue School, a citywide gifted and talented program in Queens.

Students enjoy trips to museums, Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty, New York University (to tour and learn about the school) and an environmental center in Massachusetts called Camp Manice,

Students arrive with a range of academic skills. To boost literacy, everyone participates in multi-grade book groups where students are matched with peers of similar reading levels. By 8th grade, nearly all students take and earn credit for a high school level course.

All grades participate in advisory groups lead by a staff member to discuss social and academic issues and tackle problems before they escalate.

In addition to art and dance instruction, there’s a range of sports and extracurricular activities such as basketball, volleyball, soccer STEM club, astronomy, dance team, step team and art club.

The school, with about 200 children, shares the William O’Shea Campus with the Anderson School and the Computer School

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Roughly 25 percent of the student body receive special education support services and a similar percentage are English language learners. The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes in which special- and general education students learn together in a setting overseen by two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. The school also offers extra individual support to students in their regular classrooms. [photo by Lydie Raschka]

ADMISSIONS: Students are interviewed in both English and Spanish and the school reviews their 4th grade report card and records of behavior and attendance. The school is open to Manhattan students with priority to District 3 students and preference to those who attend elementary school Spanish dual language or bilingual programs, are learning English or are proficient in both Spanish and English. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, October 2018; photo from school's website)




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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: B Line, C Line to 86th St; 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line to 96th St
Buses: M10, M104, M106, M11, M7, M86-SBS, M96


Kristina Jelinek
Parent Coordinator
Blanca Ortiz

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with MS 245 and The Anderson School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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