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J.H.S. 201 The Dyker Heights

Grades: 5-8
8010 12 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11228
Phone: 718-833-9363
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Stable leadership; longtime principal replaced by assistant principal who attended the school himself

The Downside

Kids say some teachers are too strict

The first middle school to introduce District 20's gifted education program, IS 201 now has a sizable number of gifted, or "superintendent's" classes. The program at IS 201, which emphasizes math and science, attracts a number of kids from beyond the neighborhood. Students, who are admitted based on test scores, take Regents (high school) level math and earth science classes, often going on to pass the Math A Regents in 8th grade -- two years ahead of usual. Kids also study architecture, if the models of bridges adorning classrooms are any indication, and a small instrumental music program is available as well.

In addition to the gifted classes, IS 201 offers a magnet program in law. We watched social studies students engaged in lawyerly debate at "trials" in the mock courtrooms set up in classrooms.

IS 201 takes pains to spread around teacher talent in order that kids throughout the school may benefit. Therefore, all teachers are responsible for a range of classes in and out of the superintendent's program. The idea is that through teacher movement, creative ideas from one program may be cross-fertilized to another. Also, English as a Second Language and special education classes are scattered throughout the building, in the hope that students will not feel segregated from each other. (Whether the kids, in fact, feel that way is difficult to know.)

Principal Madeleine Brennan, who has been at IS 201 for more than 40 years, takes a no-nonsense attitude toward education and discipline, saying she requires "academic excellence of every student." As a measure of its success, the school boasts that a large group of students enter the specialized high schools every year. In 2003, more than 100 graduates went on to Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.

Unfortunately, the school's popularity has led to a problem in recent years -- overcrowding. There are so many students that computer labs are used for conducting regular academic classes. One thing we would have liked to see in the school was a richer display of student work. Halls were pretty bare.

Admissions: In addition to the superintendent's program, students from outside the neighborhood may apply to the magnet program, which aims to build a diverse student body. (Catherine Man, November 2003)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50% 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?
83% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Fort Hamilton High School, New Utrecht High School, and Brooklyn Technical High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Italian, Living Environment, Spanish

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
29% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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?
15% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Dyker Heights (District 20)
Buses: B1, B16, B4, B64, B70


Robert Ciulla
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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