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The Christa McAuliffe School I.S. 187

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1171 65 Street
Brooklyn NY 11219
Phone: 718-236-3394

Our Insights

What’s Special

Music and theater programs; strong special education program

The Downside

No full gym

IS 187, Christa McAuliffe, one of the city’s top-rated middle schools, offers an array of extras, including instrumental music, chorus and overnight trips, along with demanding academics. Students enter McAuliffe with test scores well above the city average and, three years later, many go on to specialized high schools. 

Students select one of three academies when they apply to the school in 5th grade. Every academy has its own special classes, lunch period and three bands (one for each grade) as well as its own section of the building, giving students a sense of identity. “The small community counts for a big amount of our tremendous success,” says long-time principal Justin Berman.

Children in all three academies (Scientific Research, Arts and Humanities, and Business and Law) take the same core academic subjects but the approach to the material varies among them. Students in Arts and Humanities, for example, incorporate more artwork and creative writing in their lessons. Students in Scientific Research have greater laboratory time, and Business and Law students engage in debate. 

Some, but not all, students take the algebra Regents, the only Regents test McAuliffe offers. The school provides a number of interesting opportunities to its students, such as aviation program using flight simulators and participating in a Federal Reserve competition for high school students. The school also has a popular free after-school program.

Located in a building constructed as an elementary school, McAuliffe lacks a full-size gymnasium.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: McAuliffe provides team teaching and self-contained classes. Children with disabilities outperform those in other schools on standardized tests. Some special education students run a cafe in the school. A hydroponic and aquaponics lab are intended to enable the students to sell food grown at the school. 

ADMISSIONS: The school is open to any District 20 student. Eighth-graders apply to individual academies, and many apply to all three to increase their chances of getting into the school. Students are admitted largely on the basis of test scores and grades. (Gail Robinson, interview, DOE data, March 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

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

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, and Staten Island Technical High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Borough Park (District 20)
Trains: N Line to Fort Hamilton Parkway; D Line to 62nd St - New Utrecht Ave
Buses: B16, B64, B9


Justin Berman
Parent Coordinator
Carla Palumbo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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