J.H.S. 118 William W. Niles

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

Two programs for high achievers; ceramics studio

The Downside

Limited foreign language instruction; no outdoor recess

Our Review

MS 118, the William Niles School, is a large, neighborhood school with a robust arts program and a solid record of sending top students to competitive high schools, both public and private. It has three academies: a zoned program called Excellence and two selective programs, PACE and Spectrum, that attract high-achieving students from across Districts 9 and 10.

The vibe throughout the school is calm and friendly. Teachers and staff seem to be tolerant of normal, tween behavior: kids can fidget and are allowed to have a bad day when they struggle to focus. All students participate in advisory sessions that address topics ranging from self-awareness and relationships to community and world matters. Each advisor serves as a familys contact person for most school matters involving their child. Students in need of greater support can get counseling through the onsite mental health clinic run by Astor Services for Children and Families.

Each academy has its own dedicated space, director, assistant principal, and staff for academic classes. Arts classes, including visual arts, theater, dance and ceramics (the ceramics studio is equipped with several kilns), serve a mix of students from all three academies.

PACE and Spectrum offer Regents-level algebra, Earth Science, and U.S History. PACE has a more traditional feel. In some classes we observed, students sat in rows and teachers delivered lessons from the front of the room. Spectrum has more group work and student-led discussions. Spectrum is a good fit for high achievers who are stronger in some skills than others because its structure allows for teachers to tailor assignments to students individual strengths, according to Principal Giulia Cox. For instance, students strong in math may tackle problems independently or with a few peers, while the teacher works with a group of students who need extra support.

PACE and Spectrum academies offer one year of Mandarin Chinese taught in the 8th grade.

Excellence and PACE students participate in Shakespeare in Lincoln Center, where a teaching artist works with students in their English classes to study and stage a Shakespearean play. Spectrum students participate in a Mock Trial, where students study and prepare all aspects of a legal case in class and then stage a mock trial of it in a Bronx courthouse.

Excellence has a transitional bilingual program for native Spanish speakers.

Cox led MS 118 from 2002-05, then worked in the alternative high school division. She returned as principal in December 2014.

The cafeteria in the century-old building is small and lunchtime is spread out over five periods beginning at 10:30 am. There is no outdoor recess.

One huge upside: MS 118 administers the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) and Bard High Schools admissions exam onsite during regular school hours. PACE and Spectrum have a strong record of sending graduates to the city's top schools including specialized high schools and selective schools like Bard and NEST+m.

Prep for the SHSAT and TACHS (Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools) are offered after school and are open to all students. There are some additional activities such as chess, debate and theater and sports. After-school classes in algebra are offered to select 8th graders in Excellence.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Excellence has ICT and self-contained classrooms including one for bilingual students. PACE has a small, self-contained class on each grade; Spectrum has an ICT class on each grade.

ADMISSIONS: Excellence is only open to students zoned for MS 118. PACE and Spectrum are open to students in districts 9 and 10. Admissions is based on an entrance exam, interview as well review of applicants report card and state test scores. Some students in Excellence may transfer to PACE and Spectrum when deemed appropriate.(Laura Zingmond, May 2017).

About the students

Enrollment
1148
Asian
15.8%
Black
21.1%
Hispanic
60.0%
White
2.8%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
10%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
94%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
23%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
49%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
61%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
35%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.6
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
70%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
66%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
76%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
42%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
66%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
US History, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
40%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, DeWitt Clinton HS, and Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
48%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.8
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.88
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.99
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.07
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.08
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
54%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

577 East 179 Street
Bronx NY 10457
Tremont (District 10)
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42

Contact

Phone
718-584-2330
Principal
Giulia Cox
Parent Coordinator
Sonia Lopez

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.