M.S. 061 Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell

Grades: 6-8
400 Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11225
Phone: 718-774-1002

Our Insights

What’s Special

Ecology trips and after school art program

The Downside

Not all students feel challenged; declining enrollment

MS 61, open to children from across District 17, has a transitional bilingual program in which students take some lessons in Haitian-Creole to give them a grounding in their home language as they begin to study English. It also has a gifted and talented program. 

Sixth graders take a trip to the Greenkill Outdoor Education Center where they try adventures like wall climbing or ropes courses, and study ecology. A free after-school program has many options such as theatre, dance and visual arts. And MS 61 students may participate in a variety of after-school sports including basketball, cross country and double-dutch.  

The school is divided into three academies, each with its own floor. The Britou-Moore Academy is a gifted and talented program. Medgar Evers is also screened for grades, attendance and test scores. Dr. Gladwell H. Atwell is open to all students. MS 61 offers a large number of high school-level Regents courses. The school’s enrollment has declined in recent years and it has not filled its seats. 

While the school was praised for its high expectations of students, some students, especially those who are struggling, are not being challenged, according to the city evaluation called the Quality Review. The school is making time for teachers to meet and analyze student work and test scores to help boost instruction for all, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

All of the school's 8th graders take the specialized high school exam and may also take the SAT. Students who score well on the SAT may qualify to become Johns Hopkins Scholars and are treated to special college-readiness programs.

Admissions: MS 61 is open to students and residents of District 17. Admission to the Britou-Moore Academy is determined by a “composite score” taken from the final 4th grade report card, state tests, attendance, and academic and personal behaviors. Contact the school for tour dates. (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 the 2020-21 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 the 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 the 2020-21 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 the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

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

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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?
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


Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 3 Line to Nostrand Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to Sterling St
Buses: B12, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49


Dewana Daids
Parent Coordinator
Ailene Thompson

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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