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Comprehensive Model School Project M.S. 327

Grades: 6-12
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1501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-294-8111

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of support, lifeguard training and swimming pool

The Downside

Many more applicants than seats

MS/HS 327, the Comprehensive Model School Project, is a well-run school in a beautiful building that offers solid academics and lots of extra support for students. The school day is an hour longer than usual, children spend extra time in reading and math lessons and teachers pitch in on Saturdays to provide extra help. Teachers aim to prepare children of all skills for college-level work: Were not sending anyone out there to fail, said Principal Alixandre Ricci.

The tone is respectful, genuine and warm. Students greet their young principal in cheery voices and hug well-loved aides. They enjoy plenty of elbow room as they reach into shiny lockers that line wide, colorful hallways.

The Comprehensive Model School Project, opened as a middle school in 2003, expanded to high school in 2012 when it moved to the New Settlement Community Campus, a modern community center with a swimming pool, dance studio and rooftop garden. The building also houses PS 555 Mount Eden Children's Academy and a medical clinic for students run by Montefiore Hospital.

Teachers strive to ensure that all students, from struggling learners to high achievers, stay engaged and on track. Middle school students have three periods of English a day: reading, writing and independent reading. Teachers often go over skills the first and last five minutes of class time, such as the type of subject and predicate exercises they will see on the SAT. Struggling children retake classes in small groups if they fail the first time; on our visit we saw six children in the library reviewing material to catch up on English credits.

Students take math and science every year. By 8th grade all students take high school level living environment and algebra. High achievers may take honors courses in select grades and move on to Advanced Placement courses in European history, biology and English.

Ricci began her career in 2006 as an English teacher at MS/HS 327. She was an assistant principal until 2015, when the founding principal, Manuel Ramirez, left to become superintendent of District 6. One hundred percent of the staff reported Ricci was an effective manager on school surveys in her second year.

Ricci likes the fact that the school spans from 6th through 12th grade, which allows teachers to draw on a longer shared history when a child is going through a rough patch. The kids dont want to disappoint you, she said. To help kids get to know each other, different ages eat together during the schools three lunch periods, and older children work with younger ones as volunteers or paid helpers in the building.

The school has a partnership with Lehman College, an easy ride on the Number 4 subway outside the front door. Some students earn 12 to 14 free college credits by the time they leave high school.

With its focus on academics, MS/HS 327 has few electives and minimal art. Even electives tend to be academic, Ricci said, such as African history, computer technology or Greek club, although other choices include gardening, sports and drama. About 40 children take a lifeguard certification course at the swimming pool and half a dozen or so are hired to work as lifeguards there. Spanish instruction begins in middle school.

MS/HS 327 is part of the citys Community Schools Initiative, which gives extra funding for onsite social services to at-risk youth and their families.

The school has a full-time and a part-time college advisor. Students in the first graduating class in 2016 got into a range of State University of New York and City University of New York schools. One student got into New York University and another got into a competitive nursing program at Stonybrook.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Children in the self-contained classes join their general education peers for select classes such as dance and science.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery open to districts 9 and 10, with priority to students graduating from Mount Eden Childrens Academy. There are about a dozen seats and nearly 800 applicants for the other seats in 6th grade. Most 8th graders stay for the high school, which means typically only a few seats open for students applying from other schools.(Lydie Raschka, May 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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
76% 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?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Comprehensive Model School Project M.S. 327
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
US History,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

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?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Comprehensive Model School Project (CMSP)
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

CMSP 327 is a rigorous high school that believes in preparing students to be successful in college and in life. We believe in perseverance, working hard, and supporting one another. CMSP has high expectations and students are highly encouraged to continue taking classes beyond the required credits/courses. CMSP is a family.


Language Courses

Greek, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP European History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Concourse (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line to Mt Eden Ave; B Line, D Line to 174-175th Sts
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx35, Bx36, BxM4


Alixandre Ricci
Parent Coordinator
Melina Portuhondo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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