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I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln

Grades: 6-8
528 Ridgewood Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-647-0111

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of attention applying to high school

The Downside

Below average test scores

IS 171, Abraham Lincoln Intermediate School, is a welcoming neighborhood school in Cypress Hills that offers free after-school activities and extra help applying to high school.

Principal Indira Mota, who took the helm in January 2014, is credited with stabilizing the school after a tumultuous period of rapid turnover of leadership. Teachers say she is an effective leader, based on responses to the NYC School Survey.  

Students feel respected and safe and the school welcomes students from all cultures, according to the city’s evaluation called the Quality Review. Students come from countries such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, China and Yemen and more than one-quarter are still learning English.

One nice touch, teachers hold weekly open office hours for parents to come in to discuss their child’s performance.

Students and families receive individual help applying to high school as part of the Middle School Student Success Center. Rather than simply attending the high schools closest to home, children are steered to schools with stronger records and, in recent years, some have been accepted to specialized high schools and arts schools, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation runs a free after-school program for students. Activities typically include homework help, a range of art programs, computer coding, robotics and sports.

Test scores typically fall below the citywide average and among the ways the school is addressing this is to expose students to more challenging reading material across all grades, according to the CEP.

MS 171 shares its facilities with Highland Park Community School.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to students living in its zone. The school typically has space for students from across District 19. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, May 2019; photo from principal's Twitter feed)

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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?
90% 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 2021-22 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 New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
37% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Cypress Hills (District 19)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Crescent St
Buses: B13, Q24, Q56


Indira Mota
Parent Coordinator
Zoraida Otero

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Highland Park Community School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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