The School for Inquiry and Social Justice

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Stable leadership; ELL Academy

The Downside

Less experienced teaching staff

Our Review

The School for Inquiry and Social Justice offers stable leadership, solid academics and a lot of support for students learning English.

Located in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Inquiry and Social Justice shares a building with JHS 123, another middle school. Enrollment for Inquiry and Social Justice has increased significantly in recent years and in 2016, the school took over the entire third and fourth floor of the premises to accommodate its expanding population, according to the 2016-17 School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP). There are roughly six classes per grade.

The school has a good record of challenging stronger students while raising the achievement of those arriving with weak skills, according to the 2016 Quality Snapshot. Math scores exceed the citywide average. English scores, while not as high, still exceed the district-wide average. By the end of 8th grade some students are taking and passing the Regents exam in Algebra.

Students who are learning English start out in the school’s ELL (English language learner) Academy, which provides instruction geared to increasing their fluency in English while staying on track in all subjects. In recent years the ELL Academy has served native speakers of French, Arabic, Bengali and Chinese, according to the SCEP. The school has a particularly strong record with former English language learners—those who improved enough to be deemed proficient in English. Inquiry and Social Justice’s scores on the state English exam for this group are more than double the citywide average.

The school gets high marks from teachers who say that longtime principal, A Cyprys is an effective manager and has a clear vision for the school according to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey. Roughly half of the teachers have less than three years teaching experience, which is below the citywide average.

In addition to sports teams, activities include art, dance, music, computer coding and Mock Trial, in which teens act out a real trial in a pretend courtroom. The school has a partnership with the Sports and Arts Foundation, which provides a summer program for incoming and current students, according to the SCEP.

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 8. Students admitted by lottery. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017; photo from school’s website)

About the students

Enrollment
541
Asian
4.3%
Black
23.8%
Hispanic
70.1%
White
0.5%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 123
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
23%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
44%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
43%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
43%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
58%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
12%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
82%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Schuylerville Preparatory HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
6%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
48%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.02
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.14
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.05
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.24
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
81%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
79%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1025 Morrison Avenue
Bronx NY 10472
Soundview (District 8)
Trains: 6 to Morrison-Sound View Ave
Buses: Bx27, Bx4, Bx5

Contact

Phone
718-860-4181
Principal
A Cyprys
Parent Coordinator
Roque Bonilla