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The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
360 East 145th Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-585-8202
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What’s Special

Computers for all, college trips, research projects

The Downside

Recruiting teachers is a challenge

 

The Laboratory School for Finance and Technology, MS/HS 223, has a dynamic administration, energetic teachers, lively kids, and lots of research projects and class trips. Each teen is assigned a computer for use at home and schooland the whole family gets training in its use.

Students tackle multi-step research papers and take yearly overnight trips that combine college visits and tours of historic sites. The school has a strong English and Spanish dual language program.

The academic offerings are smart. For example, kids tend to stick with math throughout their high school years because there are several pathways for all skill levels. All students attend five technology classes per week, where they study coding, web design, robotics and more. They visit Google offices, Buzzfeed and the Maker Fair, to name a few field trips.

There are coaches in every academic subject to help teachers design effective lessons. Children study about 400 extra hours per year. They get extra help in reading in one of three programs geared towards low, middle and high abilities. Every class has at least two adults. Keeping that student-teacher ration small is really important to us, said assistant principal Ashley Downs.

Founding principal Ramon Gonzalez, who grew up in Harlem, attended a gifted and talented program as a kid and went on to win a scholarship to Cornell University. He is determined to offer the children of the South Bronx the same educational opportunities that allowed him to rise from poverty.

Opened with a 6th grade in 2003, the school expanded to include high school grades in 2013 in hopes of offering continuity and better preparation for college.

In 2015 the school joined a consortium of New York State schools that does not require Regents exams, except in English. Instead, children take on reading and writing projects called Performance Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs), which are like mini dissertations, the principal said. Students must complete four of these tasks in the 12th grade to graduate, in English, math, social studies and science.

Middle school children do so-called prePBATs to get used to the reading, writing and speaking skills needed for high school tasks. We saw 7th graders consult notes they had compiled from reading articles together in class. As she typed up her notes, a child new to prePBATs, said, I already did the outline and now Im putting it in paragraph form. Its more work, but its easier. Ninth graders design their own experiments: one group visited Trinity Church cemetery in lower Manhattan to measure the effects of acid rain on tombstones.

Middle school children stay until 4:45 pm for various activities and academics. Two hundred attend a free summer program. High school students can make up credits after school, participate in sports or join one of the schools six bands. About one-fourth of the eighty 12th graders work with a teacher to prepare for the Advanced Placement computer science exam after school.

Recruiting teachers can be a challenge. Parking is scarce and a consortium school requires teachers to work heavily in teams, which has caused pushback among some staff, the principal said. Still, close to a dozen former teachers have gone on to become principals elsewhere, which makes Gonzalez proud. Thats the way we get to influence the system, he said.

In addition to typical sports, children can try out unusual ones such as squash, or Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art combining dance and acrobatics. We want to provide kids with as many experiences as possible so they can compete, Gonzalez said.

The college office is robust, and there are eight guidance counselors on staff, one for every grade. The school, with a first graduating class in 2017, is still new, so it is not well known among college recruiters, a staffer said.

The building is shared with South Bronx Prep.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Special education teachers receive extra training in one subject area, such as science, so they can be full academic co-teachers.

ADMISSIONS: District 7 choice for middle school, by lottery. About 700 apply for 45 seats; roughly 300 apply for 22 seats in the Spanish dual language program, which is screened. More than half the 8th graders continue in the high school. In high school, the dual language program screens for Spanish proficiency, otherwise, it is limited unscreened with priority to those who show interest at a fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, March 2017)

 

 

 

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
62%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
16.1

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?
60%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
58%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
60%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
87%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
76%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
662
Asian
1%
Black
17%
Hispanic
81%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
8%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
73%
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
94%
72% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
5% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Dual Language Spanish Program
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

The vision of this program is to educate our students to become bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural in this ever-increasing global society. Our students will achieve academic excellence in two languages while attaining a multicultural understanding and appreciation for the different cultures represented in our program and in our world.

The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average
Program Description:

All students have the opportunity to specialize in either computer science or personal finance and entrepreneurship. Both courses of study culminate in college or career accreditation and opportunities for job shadows and internships.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
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Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St; 4 Line to 138th St; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A

Contact

Principal
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez
Parent Coordinator
Wanda Hill

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with South Bronx Prep
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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