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J.H.S. 144 Michelangelo

Grades: 6-8
2545 Gunther Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-794-9749

Our Insights

What’s Special

Band, drama and dance

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

Michelangelo Junior High School, JHS 144 is a well-run neighborhood school that offers students a nice array of arts instruction such as band, drama and dance.

The arts are supported through a partnership with Exploring the Arts foundation, founded by singer Tony Bennett. Students may also participate in range of sports and other activities such as chess.

In its most recent Quality Review, JHS 144 received high marks for developing a strong curriculum. Nearly all students say they are learning a lot in their classes, based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey.

The school participates in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city’s program designed to boost students’ reading levels with a longer school day, activities such as debate and extra supports like after-school tutoring.  

Some challenges persist: Test scores fall below the district and citywide average, though the school does a good job of helping students gain ground from where they started in 6th grade. Attendance also needs to improve; a substantial number of students miss at least a month of school.

Students up to the challenge may earn high school credit by taking the Regents exam in algebra.

JHS 144 shares a building with Pelham Gardens Middle School and the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning II.

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 11 students with priority to those living in its zone. The school often only has space for zoned students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, July 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
83%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Harry S Truman High School, Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, and High School of Computers and Technology
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
19%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
485
Asian
6%
Black
59%
Hispanic
31%
White
4%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
11%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
2%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Baychester (District 11)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx31, Bx38, Bx5, BxM10, Q50

Contact

Principal
Ellen Barrett
Parent Coordinator
Rhonda Clarke

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Pelham Gardens Middle School and the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning II
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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