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KIPP Washington Heights Middle School

Grades: 4-8
Noteworthy
21 Jumel Place
New York NY 10032
Phone: 212-991-2620
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What’s Special

Strong academics in a charter that is part of a successful network

The Downside

Classrooms are a little bare

KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, part of a successful network of charter schools that emphasize character development,opened with a 5th grade in 2012 in the former IS 90 building. Graduates may attend KIPP NYC College Prep High School.

The school has a calm and gentle tone. No teachers raised their voices during our visit, and children seemed happy, relaxed and engaged. The school does a good job helping children who begin 5th grade with weak academic skills catch up and get ready for demanding high schools.

Children spend part of the day in tiny classes with just seven children and part of the day working on computers in classes of 50 or more. The arrangement allows teachers to give small groups of children focused attention, improving their reading and math skills.

The day is broken up into sessions of reading, writing and math. Science and social studies are taught as part of the reading curriculum in which children read nonfiction books. This means a large part of the day is devoted to improving reading, which research shows takes more effort than improving math.

For kids who are really behind in math and reading, it takes a lot more time to catch up in reading,said Principal Danny Swersky.

Unlike some other charters, the administration of KIPP works hard to get along with the other schools in the building, MS 319 and MS 324. Space is shared amicably: The KIPPsters have lunch in the cafeteria mid-morning, allowing the other children to eat at a more normal lunch time.

The building is clean and well-lit. Some of the classrooms were a bit bare and without many books. But computers and other supplies seemed ample.

The school prides itself on retaining students, including those with academic or behavior problems. One child who was suspended was allowed to return if his family agreed to let him attend counseling sessions three times a week. There is a full-time social worker.

Special education: KIPP offers counseling, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special education student support services (SETSS).

Admissions: Students are admitted by lottery with a preference to those living in District 6. Submit applications by April 1. (Clara Hemphill, June 2014)

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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?
96%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
38%
33% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
66%
63% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
55%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
82%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
64%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
68%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1052
Asian
0%
Black
11%
Hispanic
88%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
7%
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?
41%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line, A Line, C Line to 168th St
Buses: M2, M3, M4, M5, M100, M101, Bx7

Contact

Principal
Danny Swersky/Rebecca Mcmurdie

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 324 and MS 319
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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