I.S. 96 Seth Low

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Access to a large yard for gym and sports

The Downside

Declining enrollment and discipline problems

Our Review

IS 96 is a zoned neighborhood middle school with a magnet program that offers special classes in art, music, computers, science and music to students who take a talent exam or audition. Erin Lynch, formerly the schools assistant principal, was named principal in 2013.

All students are assigned to the exploratory academy in 6th grade. In 7th grade, students choose between two academiesHealth Careers and Sports Management or Math, Engineering, Technology and Architecture, according to the middle school directory.

IS 96 has a history of offering a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports teams with access to a large yard and a girls' gym and boys' gym.

As part of the Urban Advantage program, families get free admission to the Bronx Zoo, the Staten Island Zoo and the Queens Hall of Science. Children must complete special science projects before they graduate from 8th grade.

The schools enrollment has steadily declined in recent years. About one-third of teachers complain about discipline problems and many children complain about bullying, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

In 2013 parents fought to prevent Success Academy, a charter school, from sharing the building with IS 96 students. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, parents were concerned that IS 96 students would not get the same privileges as the charter school. Assemblyman Peter Abbate said, Ive seen instances where they paint a charter school portion of the building and leave the public school part alone. However. the Department of Education went ahead with plans to allow the new school to open, Chalkbeat reported.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Magnet program open to children district-wide. Sign up for the magnet test in October. (Sabrina Alli, DOE data and news reports, February 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
723
Asian
34.2%
Black
9.8%
Hispanic
26.1%
White
28.2%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
63%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
33%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Bensonhurst Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
71%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.6
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
99%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
32%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
76%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
27%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Utrecht HS, James Madison HS, and Edward R. Murrow HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
55%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.94
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.06
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.36
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.44
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

99 Avenue P
Brooklyn NY 11204
Bensonhurst (District 21)
Trains: N to Bay Parkway-22nd Ave
Buses: B4, B6, B82

Contact

Phone
718-236-1344
Principal
Erin Lynch
Parent Coordinator
Jahaira Holguin

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