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M.S. 582 - The Upper Academy

Grades: 6-8
Noteworthy
207 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-456-8218

Our Insights

What’s Special

Urban planning, a greenhouse, multi-media projects

The Downside

Some students miss at least a month of school

MS 582, also known as the Upper Academy, is a safe, well-established and growing middle school where students do heart dissections, make bruschetta with tomatoes and basil grown in a hydroponic greenhouse, and build models of earthquake-resistant buildings. The school’s experienced teachers overwhelmingly recommend MS 582 to new families.

Each year students tackle different projects as part of thematic units. Sixth graders take digital cameras into the neighborhood and edit results into photo essays using iPhoto. Seventh graders design and build a Boombox as they study the musical revolution generated by its creation. Eighth graders create Morse code devices to study the use of propaganda during World War II. The school also offers non-tech-focused activities, such as chess, clay and woodworking, according to the school website.

Many community partners lend support to MS 582’s work, for example, artists from the BEAM Center, a Brooklyn non-profit, guide young creators in programs in technology. Urban Arts, BRIC Media Arts and Pratt Institute are other partners.

The city’s report called the Quality Review praises the school for its supportive culture, but says teachers have a ways to go to set higher academic expectations for students. Most incoming students arrive at the school a year or more behind in reading and math. Some students miss a month or more of school. Around one-third of the population has special needs. 

The yearly plan (Comprehensive Educational Plan) shows teachers work in teams to improve instruction. One focus is on reading and building vocabulary; another is taking a closer look at assessments and student progress while planning lessons.

The school shares a building with PS 196. It received a magnet grant in 2016 and is open to children from four districts in Brooklyn and Queens.

Admissions: Open to districts 14 and 32 in Brooklyn and districts 24 and 30 in Queens.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
23%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
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?
89%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.9

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%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers, The Williamsburg High School of Art and Technology, and Williamsburg Preparatory School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
329
Asian
1%
Black
26%
Hispanic
70%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
32%
English language learners
12%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L Line to Montrose Ave
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B57, B60, Q54, Q59

Contact

Principal
Jeffrey Merced
Parent Coordinator
Bibiana Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 196
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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