Kappa Il

144-176 East 128th Street
New York NY 10035

Our Insights

What’s Special

The Kappa structure, when implemented by new administration, could help turn the school around.

The Downside

Administrative turnover. Negative environment with out-of-control classrooms and screaming students.

KAPPA II is closed after years of poor performance. In 2010-11, the school served only 36 sixth and seventh grade students. Those students will go to other District 5 middle schools in fall 2011.

In 2010, only 9 percent of students were on grade level in English language arts (ELA), and only 17 percent were on grade level in math. Community members expressed concerns about students not getting the education they need to be successful in high school and persistently low parental involvement. In February 2011 the Panel for Education Policy approved the DOE’s proposal to close the school due to persistently low performance and an inability to be transformed.

On our 2008 visit, Kappa II was one of the most dysfunctional schools we have seen. The principal, Sean Dunning, had a vision of what he wanted to do, but had not had time to put it in place. Students roamed the halls and did not respect or listen to their teachers. Seventy-five percent of the faculty was new and lacked control in their classrooms. (Aryn Bloodworth, September 2011)

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Contact & Location


East Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line to 125th St
Buses: M35, M60-SBS, M100, M101, M102, M103, Bx15


Sean Dunning

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