I.S. 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
101 Walton Street
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-782-0589

Our Insights

What’s Special

Interesting array of classes and activities, including a championship chess team

The Downside

May be too traditional for some

Located where Bushwick, hip Williamsburg and Hasidic Williamsburg meet, IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos has a championship chess team--the subject of a documentary film called Brooklyn Castle--and a range of electives including robotics, cooking, sports, art classes and almost 50 after-school programs.

The school has won praise for offering advanced and enrichment classes for high-achieving children, but also for including all students in activities such as the school science fair, according to the Quality Review, an evaluation by a trained educator. The school has honors and general education classes. Students may take up to four Regents classes. The school offers classes to prepare students for the Specialized High School Admissions test and usually has a number who are admitted.

The school has a somewhat old-fashioned, traditional feel and approach to instruction. Families in a Department of Education survey said they would like to see smaller classes and more hands-on learning.

Principal Leander Windley has been with IS 318 for many years, first as a basketball coach and teacher of robotics and then as assistant principal. He gets high marks from teachers who see IS 318 as a supportive and collegial place to work. In a DOE survey, almost all said they look forward to coming in in the morning and would recommend IS 318 to other teachers and to families looking for a middle school. Students, though, said in the survey that they do not always get the academic or emotional support they need.

Rapper and media mogul Jay-Z attended IS 318 in the early 1980s and has credited a teacher there with giving him a love of language.

Special education: IS 318 provides a range of settings including team teaching classes that combine general education students and students with  disabilities in one room, and small “self-contained” classes. A fairly high percentage of students with special needs are in self-contained classes

Admissions: IS 318’s general program is open to children in District 14, while students from throughout Brooklyn may apply to the chess program. Both programs screen students on the basis of their 4th grade scores and grades, while the chess program also has an entrance assessment and is more selective. (Gail Robinson, March 2019, from web reports)

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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 2019-20 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 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 2019-20 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 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Dual Language classes in French.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 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


Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: J Line, M Line to Lorimer St; G Line to Broadway
Buses: B15, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B47, B48, B57, B60


Leander Windley
Parent Coordinator
Ana Berroa

Other Details

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

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