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Jhs 127 The Castle Hill

Public | 6-8 | 727 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2013

I am a student at M.S. 127 and I feel like whether or not you do well depends on you. Many ppl r saying how their kids aren't learning anything. What I have to say about that: YOUR child chose the wrong crowd. It has nothing to do with the school. And as far as i know, NO teachers curse at the students. Many teachers, such as Ms. Durrant, will be on ur child's case till he/she does well. Which is a good thing. Now tell me, is she doing this only for her paycheck? NO! She doesn't have to do this for ur child, yet she still does. Also, two years ago, 16 students got into specialized hs and last year 11 got in. The teachers try their best to ensure a brighter future for the students.


Posted May 17, 2013

I think this is the worst school....I cheek my son bag everyday to see what has he leaned for the day just like i do for my other children. in this school they don't teach anything. i think the teaches are so under educated and don't know how to talk with the kids. i have seen them cursing at them. they don't get the ready for state exams. there gangs and drugs in the school. and it seen like on one there care about the kid. they just care about there pay cheek. if you want your child to be successful do not send them to this school. i can't until i don't have to deal with this school again
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

I would like to agree with the parent's comment below. The students' scores are very low. About 70% of the grades of the students are below average. Many of the teachers lower the grades to help the students pass. At the end, students are not prepared for high school. I would not recommend this school any parents who wants to enroll their child to this school. Comments below maybe from students who felt that the teachers were great which makes a great school. However, from a parents point of view, if your child's grades are not to standard. I would suggest going to a school where they can be challenged rigorously. You will not find it at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

I am a current student at this great school. I must say that I am very lucky to be a student at this wonderful school. The main reason why, is because the teachers believe in you and never give up. I would also recommend this school because of its REGENTS program, where you have a chance to take high school courses such as ,Earth science, Integrated algebra, Living environment, and Literature. The only down side about this school is that it could be a little cleaner and more sanitary. Other than that, it has much resources such as textbooks, labs, computer labs, books, a library, and much more. I would recommend this school to anyone! It teaches Pre-K and Kindergarten (other than grades 6-8). The top teachers of the school (in no particular order) would be Mr.Soares, Mr.Mateo, Ms.Seabrooks, Ms.Giustino, and Ms.Gaynair. I hope this review/opinion was a helpful reference towards you finding a great middle school such as, J.H.S 127!


Posted April 8, 2010

All three of my children have attended this school, two under the supervision of the new principal Mr. Sherman. He has really turned the school around. It's definitely a better place in every area. Some of the better teachers are Mr. Fal, Ms. Hughes, and Ms. Seabrooks. If your kids wind up getting them, they're very lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

my daughter currently attends this school, and im not that thrilled with the level of education she is getting. This is one of the lowest performing schools and i would like to move her somewhere else where i could get her to be excited about going to school and enjoy the learning process. However, if you do go Mrs. Seabrooks is everyone's favorite teacher and should be voted teacher of the year, every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

My child attends this school and it not bad. I nfact the new principal is taking good charge of this school. He has everything under control. The teachers are good but they need to step it up and learn how to control the classes more. Overall I would reccomend this school for parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 29% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

227 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
54%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 29% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
55%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 36% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 45% 23%
Black 1 30% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 22% 9%
White 2 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 111%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 191%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 15%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 28%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%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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Based on 889 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents20830%
Students65388%
Teachers2855%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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