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Richard S. Grossley (J.H.S. 8)

Grades: 6-8
108-35 167 Street
Queens NY 11433
Phone: 718-739-6883

Our Insights

What’s Special

New leadership

The Downside

Academics have ways to go

MS 8, also called New Preparatory Middle School, has long been a struggling school, but a popular principal may be turning things around. Morale among teachers has improved since Katiana Louissaint became principal in 2017, Chalkbeat reported. While academics and school climate have a ways to go, enrollment is rising and attendance has improved.

MS 8 has an open door policy for families as well as a parent room staffed by the parent coordinator and the PTA president, according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan. The yearly parent calendar informs parents of all school activities, including monthly instructional learning walks through the school and classrooms.

The school offers Korean and Spanish language classes. Students have participated in essay contests and the Scripps Spelling Bee. The school has hosted overnight field trips to Washington D.C., and upstate New York.

The Southern Queens Park Association and Child Center of NY provide tutors and social workers. Grade level assemblies are tackling issues around bullying and behavior.

Clubs such as Girls Empowered and Motivated for Success (GEMS), Project Boost and National Honors Society (NHS), Student Government, Lunch Bunch and Young Men's Initiative (YMI) support students as they develop leadership skills and get involved in the school community. The groups also support a range of students, as Project Boost (helps students get into competitive high schools) and NHS are offered to the highest achievers. YMI is an empowerment group for male students focusing on mentoring and tutoring to close the achievement gap.

The school shares a building with York Early College Academy and with the Emerson School.

Admissions: Open to students and residents of Queens with zone priority. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
88%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
35%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Hillcrest High School, John Adams High School, and John Bowne High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
24%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
384
Asian
18%
Black
41%
Hispanic
27%
White
2%
Other
12%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
14%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
12%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q42, Q5, Q60, Q83, Q84, Q85, X64

Contact

Principal
Katiana Louissaint
Parent Coordinator
Nicole Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with York Early College Academy and the Emerson School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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