J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom

Grades: 6-8
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens NY 11420
Phone: 718-843-2260

Our Insights

What’s Special

iPads for all 6th and 7th graders

The Downside

Concerns about safety and discipline

JHS 226 is a large neighborhood middle school in South Ozone Park with a multi-ethnic student body, including children whose families hail from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Home languages include Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Dutch, French, Haitian Creole, Urdu, Yoruba, Igbo, Polish, Portuguese, and Chinese, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The school has a history of issues with safety and discipline. One-third of students say they don’t feel safe in the bathrooms or outside the school; half the teachers complain about order and discipline, according to school surveys.

On the positive side: the school has iPads for all 6th and 7th graders as part of a math program called School4One, according to the CEP.  It is part of the Middle School Quality Initiative, a well-regarded program designed to improve reading instruction.   

JHS 226 shares a building with Hawtree Creek Middle School, opened in 2013, and EPIC High School South, opened in 2014.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 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?
80%
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
78%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.5

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?
26%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
33%
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
874
Asian
28%
Black
29%
Hispanic
23%
White
2%
Other
18%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
7%

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
6%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Ozone Park (District 27)
Buses: Q10, Q37, Q7, Q9, QM18

Contact

Principal
Michael Potwardski
Parent Coordinator
Donna Kelly

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Hawtree Creek Middle and EPIC High School South
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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