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Van Siclen Community Middle School

Grades: 6-8
800 Van Siclen Ave
Brooklyn NY 11207
Phone: 718-927-4701

Our Insights

What’s Special

Welcoming environment; every student gets a mentor

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

Students learn by doing at Van Siclen Community Middle School, tackling projects based on real world issues. The school offers a range of sports and extra curricular activities, such as band, computer coding media, violin, video production and dance. Every student in the school is assigned a mentor— either a teacher or staffer at the school.

Overall, the school gets high marks for its environment, based on survey responses. Teachers say the school is orderly and would recommend it to families; students say the feel safe and report bullying at lower rates than the citywide average.

Teachers also give founding principal, Adonna McFarland high marks for her leadership. Prior to taking the helm at Van Siclen, McFarland taught at PS 309 and Walt Whitman Middle School.

However, challenges persist. Attendance is low and many students miss more than 18 days each year. Test scores fall below the citywide and district averages. 

Students with good grades and scores may take high school level courses in 8th grade including living environment and algebra.

Van Siclen is housed in the former IS 166 building. It shares the facilities with Achievement First Linden Elementary School and the UFT Charter High School.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to zoned students, though the school typically has space for students from across District 19.  (Laura Zingmond, web reports, May 2019; photo from school's website)

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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?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
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?
55%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.1

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?
9%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Victory Collegiate High School, Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and East New York Family Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
7%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
312
Asian
2%
Black
70%
Hispanic
24%
White
4%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
40%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
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?
1%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

East New York (District 19)
Trains: 3 Line to Van Siclen Ave
Buses: B15, B20, B6, B82, B83, B84, BM2, BM5

Contact

Principal
Adonna Mcfarland
Parent Coordinator
Malcolm Hayes

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Achievement First Linden Elementary School and the UFT Charter HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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