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Science School for Exploration and Discovery (M.S. 224)

Grades: 6-8
345 Brook Avenue
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-665-9804

Our Insights

MS 224, also known as the Science School for Exploration and Study, has a poor record of academic performance, high levels of chronic absenteeism and an atmosphere of mistrust among teachers and administrators, according to surveys and city data. Both children and teachers complain that the school is disorderly.

Several teachers complained that Principal Patricia Catania, who is white, created a hostile work environment for African-American teachers, according to the New York Daily News. An English teacher said the principal reprimanded her for teaching about the Harlem Renaissance, the Daily News said.

In addition, the principal confiscated a poster created by a child of singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, the Daily News said. Parents conducted a protest against the principal outside the school in 2018.

MS 224 shares a building with the Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology and International Community High School.

Admissions:  District 7 choice. (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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
6%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
63%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
72%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
22%
82% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
69%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.1

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?
4%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Collaborative High School, International Community High School, and Community School for Social Justice

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
246
Asian
1%
Black
28%
Hispanic
69%
White
0%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
32%
English language learners
17%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
0%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
2%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Deborah Sanabria
Parent Coordinator
Brenda Reid

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology and the International Community HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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