M.S. 319 Maria Teresa Mirabal

Grades: 6-8
21 Jumel Place
Manhattan NY 10032
Phone: 212-923-3827

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe school with experienced staff and Spanish dual language program

The Downside

Below average test scores in reading

MS 319 shares a modern, cheery building on a quiet street with MS 324 and KIPP Academy Washington Heights. In some ways the school is formal: Students wear a uniform of pressed shirts, blazers, ties and black dress shoes. They pass silently through the halls between classes.

But the environment is also designed to make them feel relaxed.  There are cozy corners and colorful walls decorated with paper trees. Classrooms have live plants, as well as benches, couches and rugs so students “feel at home—comfortable to learn and explore new and exciting opportunities,” according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan.

Ysidro Abreu, principal of the school since its founding in 2004, taught math for many years. The school has a focus on math and science, and most students take at least one Regents (high school level) exam in math or science. The staff is experienced and the quality of teaching is excellent, according to the city evaluation called the Quality Review.  

The school has a large number of children who are learning English, including many from the Dominican Republic. Abreu, born in New York City to Dominican parents and raised in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, has a family history that helps him relate to the children.  The school has below average test scores in reading, in part because so many children are still learning the language.

There is a dual language program designed to make children fluent in both Spanish and English.

Eighth graders attend a “Dinner Dance,” in a country club or a high-end restaurant  where they “dress up in suits and gowns, and sit down to a dinner party at tables covered with linen table clothes, flowers, and polished silverware,” according to the CEP. All students attend two or three Broadway shows per year.

Admissions: Neighborhood school also open to children in District 6. Dual language program gives preference to Spanish speakers. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women, the, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem, and A. Philip Randolph Campus High School

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line, A Line, C Line to 168th St - Washington Hts
Buses: Bx13, Bx7, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5, M98


Ysidro Abreu
Parent Coordinator
Willie Frias

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with KIPP Washington Heights Middle School and MS 324
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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