Mott Hall V

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

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 in 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 as Lehman. The college bound focus has 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,” the Principal said. 

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 Co-Teaching) classes. The self-contained class we saw was quiet, yet studious, as students worked on 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. (Jacqueline Wayans, November 2017)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
96%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
87%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
30%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
93%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
90%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

674
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
90%
Students with disabilities
 
29%
Multilingual learners
 
18%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
19%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
14%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
93%
16.2
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
331
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
83%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
5%

Computer Science

 
5%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
13%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
23%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

 
23%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
64%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
77%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
70%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
62%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Mott Hall V

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Mathematics, science and technology.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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

1551 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10472

Trains: 6 Line to Elder Ave

Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44-SBS


Contact

Principal: Peter Oroszlany

Parent Coordinator: Fabiana Lopez Rosa

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the James Monroe Educational campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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