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Community Voices Middle School

Grades: 6-8
145-00 Springfield Boulevard
Queens NY 11413
Phone: 718-977-6180

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students take classes in law, journalism, and civics

The Downside

Work could be more challenging

Community Voices Middle School sees its role as not only preparing students academically for the future but also giving them a voice and helping them become “advocates for social justice”

The school, along with Collaborative Arts Middle School, opened in 2011 to replace IS 231, which the city closed in 2013 due to persistently poor performance.

Reflecting the school’s theme, students take classes such as law, journalism, and civics, according to its 2016-17 Comprehensive Education Plan. Every grade has its own focus reflected in its name: The Barack Obama Academy for Community and Leadership, the Shirley Chisholm Academy for Empowerment and Social Change, and the Nelson Mandela Academy for Global Change.

To boost student achievement, school leaders have instituted a number of programs such as the vocabulary program, Word Generation, and a writing program with Teachers College at Columbia University.

The Department of Education found the quality of teaching to be mixed and said work was not “consistently challenging,” but noted that “each student is well known by classroom and advisory teachers who collaborate to meet their learning needs,” according to the 2016-17 Quality Review.

Sixth graders take visual art, and seventh and eighth graders take music and visual art, according to Community Voice 2016-17 Arts Report. The school was selected to get a new piano under the Sing for Hope program.

ADMISSIONS: Community Voices is open first to students who live in its zone and then to all District 29 residents. (Gail Robinson, web reports, September 2017; photo from school website)


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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Excelsior Preparatory High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment,Earth Science

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 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


Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q113, Q114, Q3, Q77, Q85


Ryan Branch
Parent Coordinator
Carol Folds

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the Collaborative Arts Middle School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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