I.S. 096 Seth Low

Grades: 6-8
99 Avenue P
Brooklyn NY 11204
Phone: 718-236-1344

Our Insights

What’s Special

Zoology lab; orchestra, band and drum corps

The Downside

Working to improve academic achievement of new immigrants

IS 96 is a zoned neighborhood middle school that draws children from Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Coney Island. Once an Italian community, Bensonhurst has attracted immigrant families from Asian and Middle Eastern countries in recent years. About one-third of the students at IS 96 are still learning English; they speak 15 languages at home. Some have had interrupted education in their home country.

Social studies and science teachers have been specially trained to help new immigrants learn English, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. Hands-on learning—such as a zoology class in which students care for tortoises, rabbits and snakes—is fun for all students and helps newcomers develop English skills. Seth Low is part of the Middle School Quality Initiative, designed to offer struggling readers instruction in small groups. Despite these efforts, the school would like to further boost academic achievement of students learning English, according to the CEP.

The school engages children with classes in art, theater, music, dance, and culinary arts. It has an orchestra and drum corps. Each year, students produce a musical such as Annie or Shrek.

After a period of decline, the school’s enrollment has been steadily increasing in recent years.

The school shares a building with a charter elementary school, Success Academy Bensonhurst. Seth Low students are “reading buddies” for the younger children.

Special education: The school offers a wide range of special education services including self-contained classes, team-taught classes, and ASD Nest classes, as integrated classes for students on the autism spectrum are called.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Students outside the zone may apply through the District 21 “talent” program, according to the middle school directory. (Clara Hemphill, 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 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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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 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
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


Bensonhurst (District 21)
Trains: N Line to Bay Parkway-22nd Ave
Buses: B4, B6, B82


Erin Lynch
Parent Coordinator
Brenda Morales Salas

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Success Academy Bensonhurst Charter School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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