Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Strong arts, Yiddish-bilingual program.

The Downside

Poor test scores and low 4-year graduation rate.

Our Review

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School serves a low-income population, including many homeless children, non-English speakers and children with special needs. The school also houses one of the city's few bilingual Yiddish programs for children with disabilities. IS 71 has strong music, art and dance programs.

The chorus and band perform in the community, including local nursing homes, a few times a year. Community arts organizations bring working artists into the school, and students have shown their work at two galleries, one in Chelsea, the other in Williamsburg. Students have class trips to the Museum of Modern Art.

IS 71 faces many challenges: Attendance is poor and the suspension rate is high, with more than 200 suspensions in 2011. Teachers patrol the corridors with walkie-talkies and send any problem students straight to the principal's office. While we felt safe during our visit, we did notice some stragglers in the halls. To combat bad behavior, the school recruits older students to monitor the halls and serve as peer mediators, a program highlighted in a Daily News article.

Middle school test scores are very low and fewer than half the students graduate on time. However, more than three-quarters of the students eventually get their diplomasa sign of the school's commitment to its high-needs population. "We don't give up on students," Principal Howard Fineman said. "We find ways to reach them."

Fineman encourages class discussions. For example, we saw a science class debate the ethics of using chimps in pharmaceutical testing. Students were alert and paying attention in many classes, though in a few classes we noticed students who were either not engaged or were misbehaving.

Almost all students have gym five days a week--a rarity these days. A downside: middle schoolers don't have regular outdoors recess because the school lacks a convenient playground, and 6th graders and some 7th graders eat lunch early, at 10:30 am. Seniors who are on-track to graduate may go out for lunch.

The high school has championship baseball and co-ed handball teams, girls' softball and girls' and boys' basketball teams. There is an active student government and after-school arts programs. There is a full-time college counselor. Two recent graduates were awarded scholarships to New York University.

Special education: Both the middle and high schools have "self-contained" classesspecial education students onlyin English, bilingual Spanish, and bilingual Yiddish. There are also "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, in which two teachers, one with special education certification, share leadership of a class that mixes students with special need with general education students. There is a small District 75 program that shares the building and more than a dozen of those students are included in some general education classes at IS 71. The school is wheelchair accessible.

Admissions: District 14 for middle school. High school: Preference to continuing 8th graders, then to students who attend an information session. About 75 percent of the middle school students stay on for high school, said the principal. (Anna Schneider, December 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
596
Asian
1.0%
Black
16.4%
Hispanic
76.3%
White
5.5%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
32%
English language learners
25%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Beginning with Children Charter School II
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
58%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.7
6.2 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
12%
37% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 8 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
61%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
37% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School and Williamsburg Charter HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
66%
85% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
20%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
22%
49% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
49% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
38%
73% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Yiddish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
12%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
56%
73% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.62
1.8 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
1.75
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.97
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.01
2.3 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.96
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.15
2.4 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
75%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60%
73% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Visual Art and Design
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Fine Arts including painting, drawing, graphics, and computer graphics.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Instrumental music, including participation in the Super Band.

Theater Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Provides students of all ability levels with foundational skills in theater. Through regular practice, assessments, and performance students develop the skills to become actors and actresses in a variety of genres.

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish, Yiddish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

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Location

215 Heyward Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: G to Broadway; J, M to Hewes St; Z to Marcy Ave
Buses: B24, B32, B39, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B57, B60, B62, Q54, Q59

Contact

Phone
718-302-7900
Principal
Esther Shali Ogli
Parent Coordinator
Nereida Pena

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