J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom
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iPads for all 6th and 7th graders
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.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 2019)