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J.H.S. 223 The Montauk

Grades: 6-8
4200 16th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11204
Phone: 718-438-0155

Our Insights

What’s Special

College support; academics are improving

The Downside

Limited arts

Located in a largely Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn where most children go to religious schools, JHS 233 The Montauk is a zoned neighborhood school that draws many students from beyond its immediate neighborhood.

Although smaller and less well-known than many District 20 middle schools, JHS 223 has improved dramatically over the years, going from a struggling school in some disrepair, to one where students feel safe, and score above average on standardized tests. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to parents seeking a middle school, according to school surveys.

The Department of Education Quality Review praised its teachers for encouraging small group work and class discussion and for making material accessible to students with limited command of English. (About a third of students are English language learners.)

The school has a District 20 gifted program with one class per grade. Other academically advanced students are in an honors program. The school has limited arts, according to the Arts in Schools Report; no dance or theater, only music in 7th grade, and three years of visual arts for all. Some students participate in AVID, a college and career readiness program. 

To try to increase parent involvement the school has initiated several family oriented activities, including pumpkin carving and cupcake decorating as well as a College and Career Night. Students go on an unusual number of trips.

The Montauk shares its building with the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, an all-girls school with grades 6 to 12 There is little interaction between the two schools.

Special education: JHS 223 has team teaching classes, with a mix of general and special education students, as well as self-contained classes for students with disabilities.

Admissions: Along with admitting all applicants who live in its zone, The Montauk has a gifted program, open to all District 20 student. This competitive program chooses applicants largely on the basis of their 4th grade standardized tests and grades. A magnet program, intended to encourage diversity, accepts students from district 20, 21 and 31. Applicants are chosen at random. (Gail Robinson, March 2019, from web reports)




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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?
89% 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 2020-21 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?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% 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?
6% 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: F Line to Ditmas Ave
Buses: B11, B16, B35, B67, B69, B8


Andrew Frank
Parent Coordinator
Diry Medrano

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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