Hawtree Creek Middle School

Grades: 6-8
121-10 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens NY 11420
Phone: 718-659-3792

Our Insights

What’s Special

School develops skills kids will need in college

The Downside

Math scores have room for improvement

Opened in 2013, Hawtree Creek Middle School is a small, well-organized school with solid academics, strong teaching and engaging projects. Hawtree earned well developed, the highest rating, on the citys 2014-2015 Quality Review.

Children learn to take notes, ask questions and stay organized, with tidy binders open and ready in every class. These skills are part of a program designed to help children who may be the first in their families to attend college. In addition, teachers follow Step up to Writing, a structured program to teach paragraph and essay writing, according to the schools annual plan.

Students are expected to read 20-30 minutes each night and keep track of the books they read on their own with a goal of 30 books per year. Solid test scores in reading reflect the extra attention to language arts, but math scores have room for improvement.

Attendance is good, and most children say teachers notice when they are upset or having emotional difficulties, according to school surveys. Students lead their own parent-teacher conferences and run orientations for incoming 6th graders. Parents are invited to sit in on classes and participate in lessons during school visit days.

Teachers have small advisory groups twice a week and give students lots of help with the high school search starting in 7th grade.

College Access for All organizes college trips and parent education. Seventh and 8th graders have visited SUNY Maritime, Bronx Community College, Lehman College, Queens College, York College, and Columbia University starting in 2017.

Special programs include newspaper, National Junior Honor Society and intramural sports. The budget summary shows there are part-time music and art teachers, and there is a full-time theater teacher. Students work with the non-profit D.I.G (Dealing in Good) Farm to create a garden on school grounds. In workshops, they teach children how to plant, harvest and cook vegetables. [photo from the D.I.G. website]

A maroon polo shirt and khaki or black pants is required.

Principal Maureen Hussey was formerly assistant principal at Marsh Avenue School for Expeditionary Learning.

Hawtree shares a building with JHS 226, Epic High School-South, and PS 233, a District 75 school that serves children with multiple disabilities and autism.

Hawtree Creek's main entrance is on 121st Street.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. Students living in the zone may choose JHS 226 or Hawtree. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2017)

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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 2020-21 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


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


Dr. Maureen Hussey
Parent Coordinator
Nicole Napolitano

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with JHS 226 and EPIC High School South
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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