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J.H.S. 062 Ditmas

Grades: 6-8
700 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn NY 11218
Phone: 718-941-5450

Our Insights

What’s Special

Multi-ethnic school with a rich arts program

The Downside

Working to improve academic achievement of new immigrants

Anchoring a full block in multi-ethnic, working class Ditmas Park, IS 62 boasts wide hallways, airy classrooms and a formal auditorium for its performing arts program. Many students are from immigrant families who hail from about 40 different countries, including Russia, Korea, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Pakistan and nations throughout Central America and Africa. 

The school is divided into three academies: Sixth grade Exploratory Academy (SEA); Academics, Performing and Visual Arts (APVA); and Law and Community Service (LCS). Arts students choose a concentration from among visual arts, dance, keyboard or band. Law academy students participate in mock trials in the school's wooden "courtroom" and do internships working with kindergartners or for local assemblymen. [photo of law students from the school website]

Test scores, while average, are steadily improving. A significant number of immigrant students have had inconsistent formal education, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). In addition to offering tutoring to struggling readers, the school's library boasts a media center that teens may use during lunch and students are required to have a novel on them at all times. The newest student immigrants join a class that has a special phonics-based curriculum. Top students may take advanced classes in science and math to earn high school credits. All students may study computer programming. 

The school has three deans, three guidance counselors, and three family workers, who help implement an anti-bullying campaign, connect with parents, and support children academically and socially. 

The school won a violence prevention grant so teens can attend school on Saturdays, where they enjoy Lego robotics, software engineering, exercise, crocheting, cheerleading, cooking, and the Ditmas News Network, which produces videos on current events, among other options.

Admissions: The school is zoned. Admission to the selective "Superintendent's Program" is determined by a combination of factors including grades, state tests and attendance. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, February 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 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% 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 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

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?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Kensington (District 20)
Trains: Q Line to Cortelyou Rd; F Line to Ditmas Ave
Buses: B103, B35, B67, B68, B69, B8, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4


Marielena Ciprianosantiag
Parent Coordinator
Marilyn Aybar Domenech

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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