Bridges: A School for Exploration and Equity

Grades: 6-8
105 Tech Place
Brooklyn NY 11201

Our Insights

What’s Special

Offshoot of a respected school with a solid record of achievement

The Downside

Students must pass through metal detectors

Founded in 2012 as the middle school grades of PS 8, MS 915 opened as a separate middle school and under separate leadership in September 2019.  MS 915 continues with the same teaching staff it had at PS 8 and in its longtime location inside the Westinghouse High School Campus building.

The last time we visited MS 915,  when it was part of PS 8, we found it to be a bright, welcoming and filled with artistic student work, such as “identity maps,” peace signs and collages. The identity maps are a starting point for a study of American history. Our 8th grade tour guide got excited as he led a group of parents into a 7th grade social studies class. “Everything we did in this class was memorable,” he said, describing how it opened his eyes to the African slave trade, Native Americans, European settlers and their impact on “America as we know it.”

Several times a year, students do explorations, dropping all of their other studies for two weeks, to look into questions such as "What is courage?" They invite speakers and develop projects about courageous people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. All 8th-graders take algebra and living environment Regents classes. 

The school has several sports teams and offers a range of free after-school activiites such as art, dance, music, photography, sports, creative writing, fashion and more.

MS 915 students must pass through metal detectors to be consistent with the practice of the other schools in the high school building.

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 13 students with priority to 5th-graders at PS 8. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 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?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
20%
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.2

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?
47%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
69%
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
87%
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
290
Asian
4%
Black
34%
Hispanic
23%
White
31%
Other
7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
35%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
4%

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
13%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
32%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
15% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Brooklyn Heights (District 13)

Contact

Principal
Danielle Scott
Parent Coordinator
Sergio Borrero

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
Westinghouse High School Campus
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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