Castle Hill Middle School 127

Grades: 6-8
1560 Purdy Street
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-892-8600

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students tackle problems in their community and do lots of research and writing; district-wide G&T program

The Downside

Low performance for student with special needs

JHS 127, The Castle Hill School is a neighborhood middle school that draws students from a diverse patch of the Parkchester section of the Bronx. It is home to a district-wide honors program and offers a lot of support for its many English language learners, who mostly are native Spanish or Bengali speakers.

JHS 127 participates in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city’s program designed to boost students’ reading levels with a longer school day and special activities such as debate. Writing is also emphasized across all subjects and students tackle research projects on a range of topics such as impact of culture and society on the experiences of adolescents, community awareness and improvement and applied mathematics, according the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan.

There are honors classes on each grade. By 8th grade, some students take high school Regents courses in algebra and either living environment or Earth science. All 8th-graders complete a social justice project where they tackle a problem faced in their community. In addition to researching the problem, students are expected to devise solutions, which they pitch to local officials.

Students take elective classes that may include business, visual arts, music, theater production, and technology. Popular extra curricular activities also include the Young Ambassadors Program of the United Nations and peer mentoring.

New York Edge, a non-profit organization provides a range of extended day and after-school activities. The school also fields several sports teams.

JHS. 127 shares the building with The Linden Tree Elementary School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are self-contained classes for students with special needs only, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes and SETSS. The school offers bilingual instruction classes for native Spanish and Bengali speakers. While English language learners test scores run average for the city average, scores for students with special needs are very low.

ADMISSIONS: The school admits students zoned for the building and also admits students district-wide. For District 11 students not zoned for JHS 127, priority goes to those who demonstrate interest by signing in at a school tour, open house, information session or middle school fair. Admission to the Gifted and Talented program is based on students’ grades, test scores in ELA and math as well as record of attendance and behavior. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, March 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, and Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Earth Science,Living Environment

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 Bengali.
This school offers Dual Language classes 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


Parkchester (District 11)
Trains: 6 Line to Castle Hill Ave
Buses: Bx22, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44-SBS


Harry Sherman
Parent Coordinator
Monique Brown Francis

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Linden Tree Elementary
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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


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