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Jhs 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Posted January 8, 2013

Nathaniel Hawthorne has a great learning environment. Teachers are professional, many activities to engage in and overall is a pretty good school. However, the bullying,harassment, etc. is a serious problem here. The lunch staff and some of the teachers show no discipline and are very unfair occasionally. The teachers tell you to sit down at your own table or else you will have detention. This is unfair. Teachers say that you should talk on your lunch time and not in class. "Lunch" is supposed to be the students free time and talk about stuff outside of school. These lunch staffs do not even give you the freedom to sit wherever you want, OR TALK. And if you get caught sitting in the wrong table, you get detention. Also, many of the teachers are unfair and have favorites. They also mistakenly wrong your for stuff that you did not do and do not even let you have a chance to explain. This school needs to get better staff,teachers,etc. Whatever needs to get more disciplinary attention.


Posted June 22, 2012

I saw that some of the teachers at this school were more acceptant of their students. However, what was horrifying of this school was that their were incidents of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. The pupils curse excessively and bully their peers by their status. I have been the frequent victim of their harassment. Including how they used as "property" and purged me out like I was "toxic." Many of the adults do not respect the pupils as if they were adults, instead they also engage in that shallow, hypocritical behavior that involves putting the students down and throwing them into the detention table as the students would not quiet down. The students then continue to act shallowly by making fun of other people. Some of the teachers do not provide a happy learning environment, instead they blame and yell at the students as if they were absolutely "petulant." The students in retaliation, talk back at the adults and still act foolishly despite the disciplining consequences. Age discrimination is a common issue present in this school. A lot of the students act immature, shallow, and mean while the adults act choleric, unfair, and hypocritical around students.


Posted September 13, 2009

I am a parent of a student presently the teachers are helpful and the principal is awsome. But.....The secretarys or aids that work in the general office are rude and nasty. They never say good morning and you always have to ask them can someone help me numerous times before they come to your aid. If they dont like there job they need to quit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

I've been a student at 74 for a good chunk of time. I personally think it's an excellent school. The teachers are very professional and experienced. However, getting to each class is a bit of a problem in this school. It is very crowded and is a bit of a challenge to transition from each class. Other than that, an excellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

i'm a student at nathaniel hawthorne and it is a good school but I think that the teachers should be nicer!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2009

My child attends ms 74 and when they get home they complain about how dirty the school is. I had high expectations for this school. This school is too crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

I attend ms74 and i am graduating next month. I have made lots of friends and had some great times there. The teachers are great. However, there is one teacher that students and parents frequently have problems with. She is a nightmare. Another problem is the amount of kids that don't speak English. A lot of the Asian kids speak very little English and can sometimes hold the class back because they need extra help. I believe all the children who can not speak English should be put in a separate class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2009

Nathaniel Hawthorne is the best Junior High school in Queens. All 3 of my children attend this schol. They are both doing their Masters program at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

Excellent MS! My daughter graduated from this school, then passed the Stuy HS test and studing in Stuy HS now. Excellent MS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

My child will be graduating this year and has had the most amazing 3 years at MS 74. He had an incredibly easy transition in 6th grade due to the wonderful teachers he had. He feels safe and comfortable there and the administration is so caring and warm to the students. He has been guided wonderfully during the HS application process and is sad to leave. I could not imagine a better middle school experience for him. The school has a very warm feel to it from the minute you walk through the doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

With another child in elementary school it is difficult to accurately rate MS 74 because I am limited in my involvement within the school. As a new parent of a child in MS 74, I was very disappointed in the transition process during the first two weeks of school. Being innundated with notices,forms and flyers from the school as well as rules,subject and grading criteria from each teacher was very overwhelming not only for my child but for me also. A gradual transition is needed in middle school because our children are also changing both mentally and physically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

This school has a problem controlling the students and there's a lot of bullying that is not being properly addressed. If your child is being picked on and you call in to speak with the dean or asst. principal they turn the situation around to blame it on your child. Also, the sixth graders are not being taken care of properly and they exposed to a lot of negativity from badly behaved children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I used to go to this school and i have graduated with full honors. I really enjoyed it there, the students were great and the teachers were wonderful. This school provides both guidence and knowledge.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

MS 74 is a great school. My son is now going into the 8th grade and really loves it there. The teachers are great and caring of the student's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Female65%
Male59%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities30%
General population66%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities40%
General population76%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Female69%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities17%
General population65%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities30%
General population75%
English language learners66%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Female59%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities17%
General population66%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

Math

All Students69%
Female66%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities31%
General population73%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students82%
Female79%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities57%
General population87%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the middle school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 64% 9%
White 1 21% 48%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Black 2 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents69987%
Students92499%
Teachers5798%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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