J.H.S. 014 Shell Bank

Grades: 6-8
2424 Batchelder Street
Brooklyn NY 11235
Phone: 718-743-0220

Our Insights

What’s Special

Comfort dogs teach children empathy and compassion

The Downside

Below average attendance

Shell Bank Middle School in Sheepshead Bay has a multi-ethnic student body with children who speak Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Urdu, and Haitian Creole, among other languages. The only barrier free building in District 22, Shell Bank serves children with physical handicaps as well as other disabilities. It has an honors track, called the Center for Intellectually Gifted, for strong students.   

Shell Bank, also known as IS 14, was the first school in New York City to use specially trained dogs to teach children empathy and compassion through carefully structured lessons. The “comfort dog” program has since grown to 60 schools.

Students with special needs, including children on the autism spectrum, can sometimes relate to dogs more easily than to people. For example, a child who was very sensitive to touch learned to stroke a dog. A child who was a selective mute learned to say simple commands like “sit” and “stay” to a dog named Brody. “Brody brought this boy out of his shell,” said Principal Teri Ahearn.

For children who are still learning English, lessons on how to care for dogs help expand their vocabulary. A child who is reluctant to read aloud to an adult may be willing to read to a dog. A child who is having a temper tantrum may calm himself by stroking a dog.

“We can reach children that others schools don‘t,” said Ahearn, who has spent most of her career at Shell Bank and has been principal since 2014.   

The school serves many new immigrants, some of whom have had little formal schooling in their home country. Staff members speak a wide range of languages—Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian, Polish and Hebrew—to help parents communicate with school officials.

The school’s test scores are below the citywide average, reflecting the fact that many children arrive with weak academic skills. More than one-third of students miss more than a month of school, according to city data. Ahearn said some students with medical issues miss lots of school. The school is working to boost attendance by giving rewards, such as special trips, to children who attend regularly.

The school's red brick building is across the street from Sheepshead Bay Educational Campus and near public housing developments where many students live.

Special education: The school offers a wide range of special education services, including team-teaching classes, self-contained classes and a Horizon program (extra-small classes for children on the autism spectrum). Some students have significant health issues and multiple disabilities.

Admissions: Zoned school open to children from across District 22. (Clara Hemphill, June 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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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?
Abraham Lincoln High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, and James Madison High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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
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


Sheepshead Bay (District 22)
Buses: B3, B31, B36, B4, B44, B44-SBS, BM3, BM4


Teri Ahearn
Parent Coordinator
Tina Maffeo

Other Details

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

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

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