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Aspire Preparatory Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 394 students

 

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Posted August 27, 2013

i went to this school and i have to say, it was the worst. The people below saying that they or their child got good grades is because the teachers don't even take the time to give correct grades. They just pass kids so that they look good. I'm happy they're closing down the school because it messed me up badly. before i got to the school i was a straight A student, but when i got there, i got mixed in to the wrong crowd (which is every crowd to be honest) and my grades dropped. The kids there are so mean and there is a SERIOUS bullying problem in that school. Even though i wasn't considered a "nerd" or "loser" i still got bullied and i witnessed some pretty bad bullying that i had the brains to put an end to. Well, i'm very happy i got out of that school and i am getting good grades again and i am going to college soon. I would not want any child of yours to go to this school the kids are cruel, and the teachers don't care and it will be the worst and most unproductive years of your child's life.


Posted January 29, 2013

I am a parent of a student who is actually enrolled in this school. I believe that everyone should be given a chance to succeed but I truly believe that this school should be closed. No true leadership, I have stood outside of the door while the teachers are teaching and they treat our children awfully. They belittle the children and make them feel horrible. The teachers are absent most of the time and the classes are too big. Then they wonder why they are doing so poorly. The school has been recognized as a school in need of improvement and it sure needs much improvement starting with the principal, who needs to be removed. Then remove those teachers who come to the Bronx to collect a paycheck rather than properly teach our children. I am very disappointed in our school system which apparently does not care for our children's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

My daughter when to aspire and graduated in 2012. This school really messed her up badly. In 6th grade everything was fine then in 7 th grade then they took her main teacher mr Jonas away so he could teach all the other 7th graders math so they can pass the state test which the school still did badly . My child was spending the whole day in a class room with the gym teacher not learning for about two months. In 8th grade she really started to hate the school cause the teacher would stop teaching and yell all day because of any little thing a child would do. Now she's in high school an all girl private school and I see changes in her she loves school. She still is mad that she is catching up with kids in her class cause aspire never cared enough to teach her what she need to know for high school but she was getting 80s and 90s on her report card. The only thing they did is teach then how to pass the state test. I'm glad this school will not be ruining any more of our kids future
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

My daughter loves the school the teachers and the activities during and after school. Her grades are wonderful her classes are challenging and she is on the Honor Roll!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

Principal has a lack of control over the students. Students are disrespectful, and often cut class.


Posted December 3, 2008

excellent my daughter use to go to ms 83 and now she goes to aspire and gets amazing grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

I love this school ! Even though sometimes I get annoyed with the teachers I know that they care for the students and that they only want the best for us. The school is like a big family, most teachers are fun and the students, we are crazy but in a good way. I wouldn't have wanted to go to any other school but Aspire !
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2008

i think aspire is madd strict buht good nd chanllenging. u WILL learn somethinq
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

Good school. Its fun and teachers are very strict but also very nice at the same time.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
35%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
35%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
22%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%
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 "C" 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
Hispanic 2 61% 23%
Black 2 26% 19%
White 1 8% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 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 179%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 27%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 36%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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Based on 277 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.4
 

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
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.9
 

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
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents5425%
Students21395%
Teachers1045%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MR. STEVEN V. COBB

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