M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Grades: 6-8
700 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475
Phone: 718-904-5650

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong arts program including drama, dance and instrumental music

The Downside

Friction between principal and staff

MS 180 in Co-Op City offers two smaller screened programs: School for the Arts (creative and performing) and Pre-Engineering & Math, and a larger unscreened program. All students have access to a terrific selection of arts: dance (classical and modern), fine arts, music (vocal and instrumental), computer, theater, and video production and photography. 

The large school is divided into four small academies, called “houses,” each named after a famous figure, such as Barack Obama or Sonia Sotomayor. Each team of adults stays with the same students for three years to ensure every child is known and their academic and social needs are met. The school’s good attendance may be a result of the accountability of the house system, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Each house has a connection with a college such as Fordham University, Columbia University or Manhattan School of Music. Students take college trips and some are tutored online in partnership with these colleges, according to the city’s report called the Quality Review.

The school has strong academic support and high expectations, the Quality Review shows. There are honors classes on every grade. Test scores are especially strong in reading. Academic help is available during and after school for struggling students. The school uses the respected Middle School Quality Initiative, a program designed to boost vocabulary and reading in high-need schools. 

There appears to be friction between the staff and Principal Marlon Williams, who took the helm in 2016, following the long-time leadership of Frank Uzzo. Most teachers do not think Williams is an effective manager, according to school surveys.

While the friction may be getting the teachers down, it does not seem to have had a significant effect on achievement. The numbers of 8th grade students taking high school (Regents) level classes in math, science, history and Spanish, and sitting for the exams, has doubled in recent years, according to the CEP. 

The school also offers Living Environment Regents to 7th graders. Advanced Placement courses in computer assisted design, and advanced math, are available in the Truman High School Campus next door. 

Special education: The school has a large special education program and the building can accommodate students with physical disabilities. It has a renovated occupation and physical therapy center. The Academic, Career and Essential Skills Program (ACES) provides students with practical skills they can use when they leave school, including computer training. Students take field trips to practice life skills and attend the Special Olympics.

Admissions: Admissions to School for the Arts and Pre-Engineering & Math is dependent on grades, attendance, an audition and a writing sample. The unscreened program is by lottery with preference to students and residents in District 11. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Co-op City (District 11)
Trains: 5 Line to Baychester Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, Bx5, BxM7, Q50


Marlon Williams
Parent Coordinator
Rita Henry

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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