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Jhs 218 James P Sinnott

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 583 students

 

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Posted March 3, 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.


Posted June 18, 2012

this is one of the schools that should be shut down,the bullying that goes on there is out of control and no one seems to give a damn not the teachers,consulars,deans and good luck trying to speak to the principle about contacting the bullys parents because as I was told you need to make an appointment and then if she gives the ok they are allowed to call the parents otherwise your child is on there own.on numerous occasions my son has came home with bruises from being beaten by bullys,I have spoken to my sons teachers,guidance consular,dean and the assistant principle and to this day absolutely nothing has been done. This is a school were the bully's get rewarded for there behavior.it is a disgrace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

i dont now this school but i am going to it and want to now if it fun


Posted May 26, 2005

Great teachers, concerned with students and their progress. several programs available like athletic teams and beacon. There is still room for more programs and parent involvement is average. Room for improvement in that too, but great education and faculty. Great beginners health program for those in the honor classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2005

As a student who have graduated from this school, I can say that from my experience, this is a pretty good school. There are some complications with it (the neighborhood it's in, its students) but the teachers care about their students and they bring a positive light into the classroom. The Magnet Program is definately the best asset the school has for its students and the school tends to focus more on the classes in the Magnet Program than the other classes but overall, the school is a pretty solid and good schoool. I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 17, 2004

This school has a great magnet program but your child must be willing to work.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
22%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
11%

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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
41%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%
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
Black 1 42% 19%
Hispanic 2 36% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 20% 9%
White 1 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 114%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 291%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%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 595 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
5.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

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
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents12728%
Students43787%
Teachers3178%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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370 Fountain Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11208
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