March 03, 2013
The building holds 3 different schools I.S. 218 is the public middle school. On the third floor, the public middle school (I.S. 218) shares half the floor with Invictus, which is a charter school. The 4th floor is a high school, school for classics. While the 3rd and 4th floors are relatively quiet, the 1st and 2nd floors are quite noisy and even disorderly at times. Kids run through the halls, stairwells, cut classes, curse at the teachers, and show a general disregard for authority. Thankfully, fights don't occur that often, and school security seems to be on point most of the time, but suspensions are rarely handed down, even if a student is totally out of line. It appears that the principal is trying to the best of her ability to maintain control of the school, with what little resources she has at her disposal. This school does need help, both in the administrative and disciplinary capacities. There are some good things about the school, the teachers are mainly veterans, and they do care about educating the children. The school has several guidance counselors, as well as a visiting psychologist, to help the children with emotional/academic issues. This school is just average.
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