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The Renaissance Leadership Academy (M.S. 322)

Grades: 6-8
4600 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10040
Phone: 212-304-0853

Our Insights

What’s Special

Teachers give clear instruction and good feedback

The Downside

Some students miss a month or more of school

Located in Washington Heights, MS 322 Salome Ureña Leadership Academy (SULA) serves primarily recent immigrants from the Dominican Republic. It has a dual language Spanish-English program. 

Salome Ureña was a Dominican poet who opened the first center of higher education for young women in the Dominican Republic. 

The school faces challenges. Many students live in temporary housing and many have special needs. More than one-quarter of all students miss at least a month of school. Most students enter middle school a grade level or more behind in reading and math. 

Despite challenges, teachers are effective in helping boost student achievement, according to Department of Education data. The city praised the school in its report called the Quality Review, noting how skilled teachers were at adjusting lessons for English learners, and giving students clear feedback on English grammar and usage in their writing.

Students get intensive instruction in reading through a program called the Middle School Quality Initiative, according to the school’s annual plan. They may also take advantage of after school support and Saturday classes. 

The Children’s Aid Society provides medical care, dental services and mental health support, as well as a range of after school options such as basketball, robotics, mock trial, debate team and high school-level (Regents) math. 

MS 322 opened in the IS 218 building in September 2005, the same year City College Academy of the Arts (a 6-12 school) was also founded in the building. In 2018, MS 322 and IS 218 merged into one school, now known as Salome Ureña Leadership Academy, under the leadership of long-time MS 322 principal Erica Zigelman. 

“The merger will make it easier to share important campus facilities like the library, gymnasium, auditorium, and cafeteria,” Zigelman wrote in a letter to parents posted on the school website. More importantly, she said, the merger would open more opportunities and bring in more resources for all students. 

Admissions: The school has had room for all applicants in recent years. The dual language program seeks a 50/50 mix of students who speak Spanish and English, so there are opportunities for them to learn from each other.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 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 the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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


Inwood (District 6)
Trains: A Line to 190th St; 1 Line to Dyckman St
Buses: Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Miriam Rosa
Parent Coordinator
Guadalupe Del Villar

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with City College Academy of the Arts
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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