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Is 187 The Christa Mcauliffe School

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Posted September 9, 2014

its a perfect school and the teachers are nice! i love the school so much


Posted June 11, 2014

I'm a senior in is 187 right now, and it is by far the awesomest middle school you can go to. We're also the third best middle school in the whole NY state. (ps, i will be attending stuyvesant hs in september)


Posted April 29, 2014

I'm in the Business and Law Academy of Christa McAuliffe School, and I have to say the environment is positively indescribable! Everyone is so nice, teachers make learning fun and I actually get a lot out of it. Even though a lot of prep for the OLSAT was involved in order to be accepted into this school, it was worth it!


Posted April 2, 2014

I am going to 6th grade next year and I am looking forward to which middle school i will attend.But mostly I want to go to IS.187 because its learning situtation was very good.According to my friend's grandmother, the school's teachers was fun and make the lesson intresting.IS.187 is one of the best school in district 20.According to my friend his favorite part is the principle because he was very nice.In my old school PS.105k I still have a good times.


Posted October 9, 2013

This school is very upbeat and the teachers are excellent at their job. This school also has a special ed. for disabled children, teaching them important job skills.


Posted July 11, 2013

I'm going to 6th grade in the scientific research program !!!!!!!!so excited :) i know imma love the school


Posted August 1, 2012

I am a sixth grader here in the Scientific Research Acadamy at McAuliffe and have no words to describe it here. The principle is the best man I ever knew. He makes the enviroment of learning spectacular, and I couldn't imagine McAuliffe without him. The teachers are wonderful and understand each child an individual, and treat them as equals. The students are beyond amazing, they are helpful, kind, and encouraging. It is the best place to make a friend. Overall, there are only 4 words to describe McAuliffe: Best of the BEST!


Posted June 4, 2012

This school is a fun learning place.I have my children going to this school and they have the teachers I used to have.I give this school 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2012

I am a seventh grader in the Arts and Humanities Academy in IS 187. When I first started middle school, it was fantastic. The teachers and staff members really do care a lot about the students and they try their best to encourage them to do their best. All the rumors about this school giving tons of homework is all false. The teachers give a fair amount of homework to do each night and there are not that many tests unlike what many other people think. The school is also one of the cleanest school that I've ever been too. Once a week, the school has to clean out the garbage but, that isn't too much of a problem. After all, no one wants a school that stinks!! The trips are also fun and enjoyable and they are also very educational. Every year, each academy goes on an overnight trip to either Boston, Washington DC, or Philadelphia. On these trips, students learn a lot about American History. There is also a large variety of extra curricular activities to do such as learning Korean of playing ping pong. Students are also respectful too each other and their are hardly any fights at all. Overall, IS 187 is a great school with the best principals, students, teachers and staff!!


Posted May 6, 2012

I graduated from this school in 2006, from the Academy for Scientific Research. Out of all my educational experience, I have to say that I.S 187 was the best. We were able to go on educational field trips, the teachers were extremely nice and helpful. I felt very secure and welcomed at this school. Recognition was a big thing, with the announcements of Student of the Month from each class. Some of the things I learned in junior high were repeated in high school, so I felt extremely prepared.


Posted January 31, 2012

School is awesome. I read some of the reviews from parents. Some teachers I don't like but kids shouldn't come home crying. Theschool might be very hard and it might be a bit strict but thats good, it's preparing you for life. Parents cant baby their kids forever. Also all schools have garbage bag that leak. Consider yourself lucky if you live near this school. It's far more cleaner than ANY school.


Posted December 21, 2011

I am a 6th grade student at the Arts and Humanities academy, and I absolutely LOVE this school.The teachers are so nice,and they make learning fun. The programs are challenging, but if you got into the school, it's nothing you can't handle. The principal is so approachable unlike my other school. You can tell him anything. The yearly academy trip so fun. The kids there are so nice. It's like one huge family. My favorite part of the school is the Drama Club. I am a part of it, and the yearly play is coming along really well. We have so much fun,a dn we learn so much!


Posted November 23, 2011

This school is EXCEPTIONAL. I'm a 6th Grader in the Academy of Scientific Research, and I LOVE this school. The teachers are exceptional and the 7th and 8th Graders are really nice. In the first few weeks of school, I learned TONS. I don't get why people are complaining about the sanitation in this school. Cleanest school I've ever been too. The academic programs can be challenging, but like one of my teachers said, "We do challenge you, but it's nothing you can't handle. You're all very Gifted." And about the lack of trips, there is a three day, two night, overnight trip for each academy. Destinations to Boston, Philly, and D.C. The 7th and 8th Graders tell me that they're SUPER. I have yet to go on mine in December. Can't wait. The teachers care about you very much, you feel comfortable around them after your first lesson. You can tell them anything. The dean is the BEST. He's really nice, funny, and attends to your problem as soon as he can. Unlike some of my friend's school, the older kids are awesome. They help you out with any problems, and are funny and kind. There may be the occasional "6th Graders!" in the halls, but you laugh. XD I LOVE this school. It really is #1!


Posted November 1, 2011

Nothing against Mark Twain; my son scored in the 99th percentile on their Science Admissions exam and was easily accepted, but I.S. 187 is the clear favorite if academics are your primary concern for your child. Principal Berman is a great leader, educator and understands the importance of civic duty and general welfare. Your child will not be indoctrinated with politically correct feel good nonsense as a substitute for the lessons of hard work and personal responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

I'm a alumni of 187. I'm currently attending Brooklyn Technical High School and am entering sophmore year this coming September. This school is great and has prepared me for the hard work and stress of High School. It has been consistently rated as the best gifted and talented school in the state. It was hard at first, and the teachers can get a bit grouchy, but this is all in prepartion for the SHSAT and high school. Honestly, I had many great experiences here and made many friends, 99% of which are attending a specialized high school. As for the sanitary conditions, I found it to be very clean and I actually used to live 2 houses away in which the school never violated my integrity.


Posted June 6, 2011

Both my son and my daughter have attended this school. This is the last year that my children will be at this school. The education that they have received, and the preparation that has been provided to them for high school has been exceptional. As a result, both my kids were accepted into the high scools of their choice. They have continually done very well on their state tests, and IS 187 is consistently one of the top schools in the city. The teachers care about the kids and always try and help them if they encounter problems in their work. It has been a great experience for us to be part of the IS 187 community and I would like to thank the principal and the teachers for laying the groundwork for my children to go to the next stage in their school career with confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

I am an 8th grader in Arts & Humanities here, and I can say that this school is great. I can also counter all the negative reviews. 1.Unclean Condition- Doesn't everyone put out their garbage when it's time? This school does not control the Department of Sanitation. Don't expect us to be able to. 2.Crying kid on the 1st day- Because of what? Please. This is life, people get used to it eventually. It's probably not even that bad. 3. Too much stress- Although some teachers yell, a majority of them do not. The rules are not strict at all. There isn't a lot of homework. 4-5 quizzes in a day is an exaggeration. You should expect them, you were taught the material already. Don't boohoo about it now. This school is one of the top in the state for gifted and talented students, not for kids who cry about hw in 4 subjects and a quiz. It is expected. High school is much harder. Honestly, if you/your child cannot handle this school, transfer out.


Posted January 24, 2011

The school is great! I'm a 6th grader in the science academy. All the reviews about the teachers being strict are lies. They are really nice! But it's true that there were bedbugs in the school, but it was only 1. No one yells at you on the first day of school. There are many tests though, and there is a lot of homework. But the fact that there are 4-5 tests a day is exaggerated. There's about 2 tests a week. My facility advisor is awesome. My only complaint is that they teach too much from the textbook.


Posted January 12, 2011

i send my child to this school over mark twain due to good reviews. the first day my child went there he came home crying. then on the 2 week, i get a letter saying they have bedbugs. the teachers are extremely strict and put alot of pressure on you, and your child will not have a good time. 2010-2011
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

This school is horrible. On the first day of school, they all yell at you in order to make you scared of them. The rules are extremely strict, and the amount of homework is countless. This school puts enormous stress on me and all of my classmates. Along with the large amount of homework, they give us 4-5 tests and quizzes in a day. This school is very hard and bad for your child. IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE A FUN 3 YEAR IN JHS, DO NOT SEND HIM/HER TO THIS SCHOOL. IT IS A LOT OF STRESS.


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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.

356 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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91%

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91%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

356 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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97%

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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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%
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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

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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 70% 9%
White 2 27% 48%
Hispanic 1 3% 23%
Black 1 1% 19%
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 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 266%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 67%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

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

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

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

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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Parents56264%
Students906100%
Teachers4281%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JUSTIN BERMAN

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Kickball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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