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The School for Inquiry and Social Justice

Grades: 6-8
1025 Morrison Avenue
Bronx NY 10472
Phone: 718-860-4181

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What’s Special

Stable leadership; ELL Academy

The Downside

Less experienced teaching staff

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)

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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?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
63%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
15.1

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?
56%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
The Metropolitan Soundview High School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
18%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
494
Asian
2%
Black
21%
Hispanic
74%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
10%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
26%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Soundview (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Morrison-Soundview Ave
Buses: Bx27, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5

Contact

Principal
Tara Joye

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 123
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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