School of Communication Technology (M.S. 339)

Grades: 6-8
1600 Webster Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-583-6767

Our Insights

What’s Special

Free after school program, small class size

The Downside

Metal detectors

Housed in a plain four-story red brick building, IS 339 has small classes and a free after school program. Bronx Works and SCAN-NY, two youth service providers, lead small group instruction and clubs for students on Tuesday through Friday until 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm, according to the annual report of goals and accomplishments called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The school has long struggled with uneven attendance, low levels of academic achievement and safety. The building, shared with IS 313, is one of the few middle schools in the city with metal detectors. The school is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City; one in six adults is unemployed, according to city data

Despite the many challenges, IS 339 has seen some improvement in recent years, school surveys show. Most teachers say Principal Kim Outerbridge is an effective manager. She leads by example, meeting with reading and math teachers regularly, according to the CEP. The school celebrates good attendance with trips and assemblies.

Test scores are inching up but still have a ways to go. Teachers visit each others' classrooms to improve their practice. They work with Teachers College Writing Project at Columbia University to improve student writing. Students participate in Socratic Seminars, during which they debate a topic following a formal set of rules. 

The school offers preparation for the specialized high school exam and helps students prepare for auditions. 

Constructed in 1973, the building formerly housed Diana Sands Intermediate School 147, named after a famous alumna, the actress best known for her portrayal in A Raisin in the Sun. IS 147 was split into the two small middle schools in 2001 and renamed the Diana Sands Educational Complex. 

Admissions: Open to students and residents of the Bronx. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2019)



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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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% 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?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Herbert H. Lehman High School, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, and Bronx Leadership Academy High School

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% 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
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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


Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4


Kim Outerbridge
Parent Coordinator
Ramon Echavarria

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with IS 313
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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