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Sunset Park Prep, MS 821

Grades: 6-8
4004 4 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11232
Phone: 718-840-1951
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of extracurriculars and trips

The Downside

Lack of parent involvement

At Sunset Park Prep, students have many opportunities to travel and participate in a wide range of extracurriculars. The school hosts an annual trip to the Poconos where students can learn to track animals, paddle a canoe, hike, and study pond ecology. On school trips to Washington, D.C. students explore the nation’s capital after extensive research in the classroom. 

Through a partnership with New York Road Runners, the school’s running club has competed in over 25 races and won awards in the Young Runners Championship. Students in the club have also trained for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. The Science Olympiad team has competed and placed in many regional and state tournaments. 

Students may apply for “jobs” at school, such as a “technology liaison” to help maintain equipment in classrooms, or “communications director” in charge of updating the student bulletin boards. The student council gives children a greater voice in community building and decision making in the school. 

Classrooms are equipped with libraries and students are expected to read for 30 minutes or more at home to supplement the in-class reading. An ELA reading intervention program is available for every student once a week to improve reading skills. Writing is incorporated across subject areas so that students are practicing writing daily. 

Parent involvement in the school is low, as evidenced by the small response rate to the School Quality Surveys and their negative responses about being allowed to visit or volunteer at the school. However, the school promotes family-centered activities at the school like soccer nights in the gym and an arts showcase. Almost all teachers would recommend the school to families. 

A clean and orderly school, Sunset Park Prep is housed in a stately, century-old brick building. The school shares the building with MS 136, and facilities like the cafeteria, auditorium, and library. The building has a large schoolyard and is next to a park with basketball and handball courts. 

Admissions: District 15 is launching a districtwide plan to increase middle school diversity and equity. As part of this plan, all middle schools in District 15 will now use an open admissions method with an admissions priority for 52% of seats set aside for students from low-income households (who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program), students in temporary housing, and English Language Learners. To learn more about the D15 Diversity Plan, visit d15diversityplan.com. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, November 2018)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
83% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

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?
37%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
44% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, Park Slope Collegiate, and Sunset Park High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
66%
29% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
504
Asian
18%
Black
1%
Hispanic
77%
White
4%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
17%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
13%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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?
13%
15% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
8% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: D Line, N Line, R Line to 36th St; R Line to 45th St
Buses: B11, B35, B37, B63, B70

Contact

Principal
Jennifer Spalding
Parent Coordinator
EVELYN DELIZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with MS 136
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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