M.S. 246 Walt Whitman

Grades: 6-8
72 Veronica Place
Brooklyn NY 11226
Phone: 718-282-5230

Our Insights

IS 246 Walt Whitman is a small safe school with experienced teachers and a long-time leader. The school offers a transitional bilingual program in Haitian Creole. It has a popular program for students with good grades, test scores and attendance called the Whitman STEAM Academy.

The school faces challenges including declining enrollment. Many students miss at least a month of school and most students enter 6th grade well behind grade level in reading and math. While the school does succeed in helping them improve, according to the School Quality Guide, it has a ways to go to prepare them for high school. Advanced classes are available for high-achievers. 

Principal Bently Warrington took the helm in 2005. His staff is trained in the Columbia University Reading and Writing program (TCRWP), according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).  

The school offers only visual art as a regular arts class for all students, according to the Arts in Schools Report, but dance and music are listed as activities in the middle school directory. 

Admissions: District 17. Open enrollment. The Whitman STEAM Academy looks at a composite score drawn from grades, state test scores and attendance. (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?
84%
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
82%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
16.0

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?
22%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
30%
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
48%
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
313
Asian
3%
Black
57%
Hispanic
32%
White
6%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
29%

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
79%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
66%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
0%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Flatbush (District 17)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Church Ave
Buses: B12, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49

Contact

Principal
Bently Warrington
Parent Coordinator
Suze Vixamar

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Ditmas Park Charter Middle School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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