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The School of Integrated Learning

Grades: 6-8
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1224 Park Place
Brooklyn NY 11213
Phone: 718-774-0362

Our Insights

What’s Special

Theater, dance and steel drum; partnership with Medgar Evers College Prep School

The Downside

Facilities could use an upgrade; no visual arts

MS 354, the School for Integrated Learning, has a lot going for it: strong, consistent leadership; an extended school day that includes sports and arts; and Regents-level courses for high-performing students. A new program allows strong students to take classes at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a sought-after selective 6-12 school about one mile away.

Beginning in 2017, one class of students at MS 354 will follow Medgar Evers accelerated curriculum, traveling to that school to take Mandarin and other courses, such as physics, not offered at MS 354. The arrangement allows MS 354, which is under-enrolled, to grow and gives more students access to Medgar Evers demanding academic program.

MS 354 is an orderly, traditional school with many teachers of West Indian ancestry, reflecting the background of most of the student body. Principal Monique Campbell, a native of Jamaica, is a warm and capable administrator who knows all students by name and brooks no nonsense. For example, students who don't wear a uniform--a light blue T-shirt for 6th and 7th graders and turquoise for 8th graders--can expect a look from the principal. But she and her staff have also been known to go to a nearby laundromat to wash uniforms for those who need it. "She cares about everyone," an 8th grader told us. A teacher said, "She is an organized professional and she's fair."

Campbell believes in constantly tweaking the curriculum and in providing professional development. "How do we continue to challenge ourselves?" she asks. Her thinking about discipline has changed with her years on the job. "It used to be more punitive here, there was more detention," Campbell said. "Now for a child who doesn't do the homework, we might have study hall." She said knowing a child's family circumstances helps explain obstacles to finishing homework.

Double and even triple periods for English, social studies, and science give students plenty of time for extended class discussions and lab work. In a science class, students figured out how to blow up a balloon in a plastic bottle. In physical education, students were charged with introducing a game from another culture--such as cricket--and writing about it. All 8th graders take Regents-level Living Environment; 8th graders in the top class also take U.S. History and Algebra. Students have ample opportunity to explore the arts: 6th graders study theater and music; 8th graders dance. A steel drum band performs around the city. There are no visual arts classes.

Campbell opened MS 354 in 2005 as a replacement school for MS 390, a large, often rowdy school. MS 334, also carved out of MS 390, opened at the same time but it did not enjoy the success of MS 354. The two schools merged in 2016 under Campbell's leadership. She inherited a dozen teachers from MS 334 who were unfamiliar with the MS 354 culture and standards; some adapted but she encouraged others to leave.

Many students arrive at MS 354 performing significantly below grade level but catch up by the time they graduate. Sixth and 7th graders take a SHSAT prep course at the school. In 2017, two 8th graders won admission to Brooklyn Tech.

The building, shared with KIPP AMP Charter School, has a huge gymnasium, large schoolyard and refurbished auditorium. A new multi-media room will have a washing machine and dryer and a small kitchen. However, some of the facilities are in need of repair. We saw lockers with doors gaping and some classrooms doors were cracked.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are self-contained and ICT classrooms as well as a SETTS room.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. Students are admitted to the school's Integrated Learning Academy (the "top class" on each grade) based on their attendance, report card grades and test scores. Students in the Medgar Academy are placed at MS 354 if there is no space at Medgar Evers. (Pamela Wheaton, May 2017)

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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?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
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?
79%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.1

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?
56%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
61%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Clara Barton High School, Academy for Health Careers, and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment, US History

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
38%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
297
Asian
2%
Black
81%
Hispanic
14%
White
0%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
4%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
18%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 3 Line, 4 Line to Crown Hts-Utica Ave
Buses: B14, B15, B17, B25, B43, B45, B46, B46-SBS, B65

Contact

Principal
Monique Campbell
Parent Coordinator
Elroy Cormack

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with KIPP Amp Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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