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Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 421 students

 

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Posted October 30, 2012

I.S. 254 is a great school with great extra curricular activities such as animation and photography and the best part is that it is all free. As a student, i feel comfortable in this type of enviornment even though that there may be fights. I feel that I.S. 254 really sticks to its theme of technology and that all teachers only want their students to succeed while having a nice enviornment to learn. Teachers really go out of their way to ensure success. Therefore, i believe that I.S. 254 is a very good school and that students may feel like teachers really push them but it is only for their own good.


Posted February 21, 2012

This school is horrible. First of all the teachers are lazy and barely assign homework.. My son got punched in the stomach on his second day of school. The incident was never reported even though it happened in the classroom. I approched the staff about it, and they made it seem its normal middle school behavior. Therefore I had to report the situation to the city and 311. The principal seem detracted as to what was going on in school, plus this schools exam rates are the worst in the city. Finally after numerous complains they changed my sons class. If you can please stay away from this dump
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

may my son register to this school? for 7th grade? please tell me by the mail thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

MS 254 has great teachers and strong leadership like Mr. Hemans and Ms. Boston. MS 254 offers challenging academic curriculum which students can excel and shrive. It is one of the better Middle Schools in the Bronx.


Posted April 23, 2009

while other students may say their school is the best school over, im going to say that my school, I.S. 254, is great.there are amazing teachers like Ms. Rivera, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Mboup and Ms. Santiago, that are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their students succeed and follow the right path in life.the curriculum provided is not difficult, but yet it's not easy. the school is just so great, and I'm so glad to be a part of the fighting bulldog's family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2005

The school just added elective courses this year which has made my child much happier. They have active soccer and basketball programs. Parents are somewhat involved, but we need much more parental involvement. Some of the teachers are VERY good.
—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.

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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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
11%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
15%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%
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 "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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 1 77% 23%
Black 2 20% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
White 2 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 230%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 176%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 17%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 3%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 557 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

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
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.3
 

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
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.7
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents12230%
Students40591%
Teachers3088%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MR. WILFROD HEMANS

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2452 Washington Ave
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 220-8700

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