Comprehensive Model School Project M.S. 327

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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 don't want to disappoint you," she said. To help teens get to know each other, different ages eat together during the schools three lunch periods, and older students 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 city's 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: Open. Priority to District 9, then Bronx students and residents. There are about a dozen seats and nearly 800 applicants for the other seats in 6th grade. (Lydie Raschka, May 2017).



School Stats


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How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
631 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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Contact & Location


1501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx NY 10452

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


Principal: Alixandre Ricci

Parent Coordinator: Alixandre Ricci


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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