Mott Hall III

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
580 Crotona Park South
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-842-6138

Our Insights

What’s Special

Challenging academics for strong students plus support for special education

The Downside

No visual arts

Mott Hall III, based on the successful model of the original Mott Hall in upper Manhattan, offers students the opportunity to do hands-on projects, with an emphasis on math, science and technology. The school shares a building with PS 110 across the street from Crotona Park. Both male and female students wear gray pants, blue shirts and ties.

Mott Hall III has an accelerated class, beginning in 7th grade, to prepare students for Regents exams in algebra and Living Environment by the end of 8th grade. The same teacher leads both the 7th grade and 8th grade accelerated classes.

On a typical day, you will find rooms filled with healthy chatter. You might see 6th graders snap their fingers in agreement when classmates provide feedback from their finding on the study of energy. You may hear the teacher read aloud from the Lightning Thief, a fantasy-adventure based on Greek mythology, and then watch as the students take over the reading and discussion. You can find students writing essays about geography and searching synonyms for a creative title.

In the 7th grade, the curriculum challenges students to think and not merely to repeat factual information. Students read The Slave Dancer, a novel about a boy who is kidnapped and held on a slave boat, and grappled with the question: “Why did the British wanted to stop the slave trade?" In a team-taught science class, students plotted the possible epicenter of an earthquake based on reported experiences of people in various locations.

By the 8th grade, students are focused. In one class, you could hear a pin drop as students wrote an analysis on the closing statement of the character Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird. In math, they are able to verbally explain and visually demonstrate their understanding of algebraic processes.

Weekly progress reports now incorporate the three C’s of Citizenships, Caring and Conviction for each student. Parents must sign off on the document that also provides grades, attendance and announcements. This method allows students to regulate their behavior and self-correct quickly.

Though the school does not have traditional art or music offerings during the school day, compensation is made with well organized "talent periods." These are teacher-led classes in chess, baking, chorus, Lego robotics, dance, creative writing, coding, yoga, Double Dutch and more. Afterschool does offer some art.

Top graduates attend BardBronx ScienceHigh School of American StudiesBrooklyn Latin and other specialized high schools. Other popular choices include parochial schools and Bronx Center for Science and Math.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Each grade has both team-taught and self-contained special education classes. Children in "self-contained" classes who need more challenge in a subject, such as math or English, may join team-taught classes that mix children with special needs and general ed students. 

ADMISSIONS: Open. There is a week-long summer orientation for incoming 6th graders from a range of 20 different elementary schools. Districts 9 students and siblings get priority. (Jacqueline Wayans, November 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 2019-20 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 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 2019-20 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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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?
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


Morrisania (District 9)
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Joanna Mora
Parent Coordinator
Janet Medina

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 110
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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