J.H.S. 210 Elizabeth Blackwell

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Advanced Regents Program and career academies

The Downside

Some safety concerns and friction between teachers and administration

Our Review

JHS 210 is a large, neighborhood school that offers an interesting array of courses.

Since her arrival in 2016, principal Bonnie Butcher has replaced the school’s house program with five career academies:  Graphic Arts and Computer Science; Visual and Performing Arts; Health Professions; Law and Humanities; and Engineering and Architecture. Children take classes tailored to their academy’s theme as such as robotics and coding in Engineering and Architecture or criminal justice and legal writing in Law and Humanities.

Many students also participate in the Advanced Regents Program that lets students take the algebra and earth science Regents exams and the Spanish proficiency exam. As a result, 58 percent of students graduate from 8th grade with some high school credits.

The alma mater of rapper Nicki Minaj, MS 210 students take dance, theater and music as elective classes and may participate in an after-school program offering academic enrichment, talent programs and sports.

Math and English test scores hover around the citywide average.

Most students feel safe in class, though more than one third of students don't always feel safe in hallways, bathrooms or lockers, based on their responses to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey. Almost 80 percent of teachers responding to the survey do not think order and discipline is maintained at the school.

Only 31 percent of teachers say Butcher is an effective leader and only 39 percent said they would recommend the school, based on their responses to the survey.  Parents give her much higher marks, though still lower than those garnered by most principals around the city.

To improve the school’s tone and culture, the staff is instituting “progressive discipline strategies,” according to the school’s 2016-17 Comprehensive Education Plan.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Gail Robinson, web reports, August 2017)

 

About the students

Enrollment
1868
Asian
28.4%
Black
5.6%
Hispanic
60.3%
White
3.3%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
15%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
91%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

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

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
21%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
66%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
64%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
29%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
31%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
42%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
37%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
39%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
46%
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?
26%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
32%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
53%
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?
50%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
58%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Richmond Hill HS, Hillcrest HS, and John Adams 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?
1%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
38%
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
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.08
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.93
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.26
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.27
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
54%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

93-11 101 Avenue
Queens NY 11416
Ozone Park (District 27)
Trains: A to Rockaway Blvd
Buses: Q11, Q112, Q21, Q24, Q41, Q52, Q53, Q7, Q8

Contact

Phone
718-845-5942
Principal
Bonnie Butcher
Parent Coordinator
Leonor Rosa

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