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Jhs 234 Arthur W Cunningham

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1870 students

 

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Posted April 16, 2014

This school is mediocre at best. My daughter is in CIG (Center for Intellectually Gifted). She is not being challenged and is capable of much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

i go to this school and i love the teachers are so nice and have excellent degrees as what kind of teacher they are. It might be a challenging school but still very good. Cunningham rocks


Posted September 26, 2013

This school is great for 8th graders. They have a after school high school preparation class that will help them to prepare for High School Entrance Exams. The school is very up to date with technology as well. A plus in a modern day society where you have to be experienced in technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

I go to this school and it is a really good school. Sure, it's a challenging school but it is awesome. All of the teachers know what their doing and the 8th graders are not bad, maybe a bit annoying, but not very bad. The principal is also really strong and has great leadership. I have challenging teachers, but they explain really well with what they are talking about. Also, there are so many after school programs you could go to.


Posted January 7, 2013

Great School. So many excellent teachers. One social studies teacher, Ms Frederick is the strictest and *smartest* teacher my son has ever had, she gets him, it was an authentically challenging class for my gifted child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

i really love this school because there are so many programs and it's fun to learn. I hope that when everyone reaches 6th grade, they will join this school


Posted September 1, 2011

I love this school. I am a student in cunningham and the teachers are determined to help the students strive and be the best they can. it feel like i belong there and the after school programs are the best. so many extracurrliclum activites and such a great learning experience. any child who goes into cunningham would tell what such a awesome school it is.


Posted October 27, 2010

Full disclosure: I am not a parent. I am a family friend, taxpayer, and wife of a 25-year veteran DOE educator/administrator, and I am concerned about the deteriorating quality of our schools. This school employs and supports incompetent, inappropriate teachers who are clearly disillusioned with their profession; not all, but enough of them to discourage a student assessed (previously and currently) as gifted, perceptive, respectful, helpful, diligent, and eager to learn. Student has been repeatedly castigated, academically and personally, for asking basic classroom questions - circumstances confirmed by the teachers themselves. Parental involvement to achieve resolution is actively discouraged by administrators, as well as teachers. Shameful.


Posted September 28, 2010

ABOUT 12:30 PM MY SON AND BUNCH OF OTHER STUDENTS WAS TAKING OUT FROM THE CLASSROOMS AND EACH OF THEM RECEIVED A LETTER STATING THAT THEY ALL GOT DISMISSED AND TRANSFERRED TO THE OTHER SCHOOL, WHICH IN MY CASE IS LOCATED MORE THAN 4 MILES AWAY, WHERE THIS IS MY DISTRICT ZONE SCHOOL WHICH IS ACROSS THE STREET. WHEN I ENROLLED MY SON TO START THE SCHOOL I AS A PARENT WAS NEVER NOTIFIED ABOUT ANY CHANGES OR EVEN A POSSIBILITY TO CHANGE SCHOOL FOR MY 12 YEARS OLD SON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR(SEE THE LETTER THAT WILL BE FAXED TO YOU). THE SCHOOL PRINCIPLE AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHOULD MAKE ALL THE CHANGES PRIOR OF THE AMBITIONS OF THE KIDS. THAT'S WHY THE SCHOOL STAFF START THEY WORK ONE MONTH EARLY PRIOR OF THE KIDS STARTING THE SCHOOL. I THINK THAT THE SCHOOL MUST DISCUSS ANY CHANGES
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

This is a wonderful school and a very nurturing academic environment. The principal is terrific and the staff are courteous and helpful. The parent/teacher coordinator at the school is a particularly valuable asset and source of information and assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

This school is a very good school. It is because it is up to date on what is happening. The staff members are very involved on what the students are doing. The school also offers many after school programs for the students to participate in and they also welcome the new sixth graders very nicely. They make them feel comfortable. All the staff also encourages the students to strive for what they want and to always try their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

it is fantastic school my daughter learns everything and anything and her teacher ms. gibaldi is a fabulous teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Cunningham is a great school. I am currently a cig 8th grade CIG (center for intellectually gifter) student. Cunningham has great classes the teachers are fun, loving and great TEACHERS! This school offers Johns Hopkins math in 6th 7th and 8th grades for the CIG students. in 7th grade CIG students get to take a biology/living environment REGENTS 9th grade leval giving them a high school science credit. students who are in CIG in 7th and 8th grades are able to take algebra and geometry regents. depending on their pace( CIG math program is self paced math the student is challenged to teach him/hersef. Although the math teacher at lest 3 times a week gives regular math lessons. IN THE END GREAT SCHOOL definately you should attend it if you have the oppertunity
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2009

In the past 3 years I learned alot from cunningham this school teaches you alot I graduated in june 09 and it was the best they have so much 2 offer in that school parent I recommend u send your kids there because the teachers are respectful and the kids most likely always get along.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2009

A great school, where the Principal and its teachers are focused on fostering a challenging educational environment that helps all students (not just CIG, Vanguard and Cyber Academy) to continue to grow and achieve their maximum potential. The parent coord., PA are aligned with SLT to support events that increase parent involvement in the student's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

This is the most excellent junior high your child can go to because this school is pheonominal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

My daughter is a CIG student at Cunningham and both she and I are very happy with the sxhool. The teachers are wonderful. They really respect the students and are very patient with them. I also like the fact that not only is the student body ethnically diverse but they generally get along with each other. They also have great after school clubs like Newspaper, Arts and Mosaic, Drama, Dance, animation, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I love this school. Graduated in 2007 in the advance classes. Going to school I was given many advantages so that when I came to high school it was so much easier for me to get good grades and pass all of my classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2008

I love this school I'm a 7th grader and the students and teachers are very nice and the way they teach us is fantastic
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2008

my child attened this school for 3 years. i really regret the decision. the building is falling apart. filthy lunchroom. the school is 600 kids over its limit. this is the reason kids get lost in the system. staff is busy dealing with overcrowded, disruptive minority while the majority of kids get hereded around like cattle.
—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.

About these ratings

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 30% in 2013.

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

571 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

604 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 33% in 2013.

600 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

613 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

604 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students55%
Female64%
Male48%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities12%
General population59%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities19%
General population72%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Female61%
Male49%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities4%
General population57%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Math

All Students62%
Female62%
Male63%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities0%
General population65%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students49%
Female55%
Male43%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities8%
General population52%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%

Math

All Students56%
Female59%
Male53%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities15%
General population58%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Science

All Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities35%
General population85%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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
White 1 40% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 28% 9%
Black 2 19% 19%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
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 27%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 168%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%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)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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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 3172 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

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

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents129075%
Students177998%
Teachers10397%

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
  • MS. SUSAN SCHAEFFER

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
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1875 E 17th St
Brooklyn, NY 11229
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