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Mott Hall V

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
1551 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-620-8160

Our Insights

What’s Special

Modern, colorful building; well-funded college office

The Downside

Overcrowding, low middle school test scores

Mott Hall V has a calm and structured environment, modern and colorful facilities, and a well-funded college office. Teachers take their students’ social and emotional concerns as seriously as their academic progress, and students say they like the personal attention they receive from staff.

Even though most students enter with weak academic skills, the vast majority graduate from high school on time. Even more impressive, the percentage who earn Advanced Regents diplomas (and are considered well-prepared for college) is well above the citywide average. 

The school, housed in a new annex of the Monroe Educational Campus, is one of a number of schools modeled after the successful Mott Hall middle school in Harlem. Unlike the original Mott Hall, however, Mott Hall V admits students with a range of abilities, and most from four nearby elementary schools.

The founding principal, Peter Oroszlany, whom students call Mr. O, says his students face difficult family situations, but he and his staff are committed to helping them make good choices and build self-confidence.“The socio-emotional concerns students are facing are brutal and higher than ever,” he says.  “I’m here for the journey.”

To help new students start off on the right track, rising 6th and 9th graders attend summer orientation programs. Middle school students meet in a small group advisory once a week.

Rather than traditional punishments, the school uses “Restorative Justice Circles. If two middle school students have a dispute, for example, specially trained high school students meet with them to help them resolve the issue, make amends while learning to express themselves and manage their emotions. This helps develop leadership, and “students have a hard time envisioning themselves as leaders,” says Mr. O.

This once traditional school has incorporated more ways for independent and group learning. Many classes have two teachers. Middle school students work in groups and read aloud to help boost their literacy skills.

High achievers may take Regents Algebra and Living Environment in the 8th grade.

On the day of our visit, we were escorted by a senior who said she valued the level of personal, individualized care she received from staff. In a science class, students sat in a circle and showed one another their projects on simple machines. In a social studies class, jazz played softly as students discussed the refugee crisis and the risks involved in moving to another country.

Teachers spend a lot of time focusing on basic skills. To help children who are still learning English, the school has hired three teachers of English as a New Language. Some students stay afterschool for extra help.

Students may participate Mott Hall-sponsored clubs including yearbook, yoga and student government. Middle school students have their own sports teams and after school electives. Art is offered in all grades. French and Spanish language arts are offered, as well.

The school works with the College Bound Initiative (CBI), sponsored by the Young Women’s Leadership Network. The full-time counselor plans college trips; Middle school students get to visit Wagner College on Staten Island to feel the atmosphere of campus Life. They receive college advisory and individual support for students and parents, such as completion of college and financial aid applications.

The school has partnerships with CUNY colleges, such Lehman. The college bound focus has been changed slightly to accommodate families fearful of sending kids out of the borough or city. “We found a way to modify the college goal without changing the goal,” says the Principal. 

Mott Hall V shares the Monroe annex with the Cinema School and a District 75 program for students with severe disabilities. The modern facility has its own gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria. There are no metal detectors. The school has more students than is was designed to accomodate.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. The self-contained class we saw was quiet, yet studious as students worked on the math problems.

ADMISSIONS: For middle school, priority to District 12 students. For high school, prior to continuing 8th graders and then to Bronx residents or students who attend an information session. However, there are usually only a few high school seats. (Jacqueline Wayans, November 2017)

 

 

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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?
88%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
72%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.1

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?
26%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
26%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Mott Hall V, Urban Assembly Charter School for Computer Science, and Bronx Theatre High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish,Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
46%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
66%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
44%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
82%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
662
Asian
4%
Black
16%
Hispanic
79%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
75%
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
100%
72% Citywide Average

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?
4%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
5% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Mott Hall V
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Mathematics, science and technology.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science A

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to Elder Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44-SBS

Contact

Principal
Peter Oroszlany
Parent Coordinator
Fabiana Lopez Rosa

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the James Monroe Educational campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes

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