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The Math And Science Exploratory School

Public | 6-8 | 491 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2014

Following-up after my initial review in the fall: My child is a sixth grader here and it is her first year of middle school. All I can say is that she is simply so happy and very proud to be attending this school. The principal is hands-on and for a school in dense NYC the size of the student body is enviable. No kid gets lost in the mix. Also, among the reputable "brownstone-belt" middle schools in Brooklyn I really feel like this is the most diverse both culturally and economically which is hugely important to us. Not to leave out the most important aspect: we could not be more satisfied with the academics. The teachers are the backbone of the school and they are both committed and vigorous. We are very happy parents and child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

My daughter is a general education student attending MS 447 and I am extremely happy about the support she receives on a daily basis. The teachers always make themselves available to discuss any issues I may have. Students also participate in advisory once a week to keep kids on track, organized and/or to address any individual issues. I love Pupil Path which allows me to go online and see her grades, homework and upcoming assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Ms447 is absolutely amazing! 6th graders are welcomed with open arms. Kids grow strong friendships instantly. Children will learn something new every single day! Teachers actually care, and reach out to you. Cant ask for anything better.


Posted May 15, 2013

MS 447 has outstanding teachers who are really committed to helping all students succeed. Staff and teachers answer emails from parents almost always within 24 hours, often at night and on weekends; responses are informative and helpful. They really partner with you to help your child to get the most out of their middle school experience. Outstanding ASD Nest program for children on the spectrum, with social skills program, outings, and Collaborative team teaching with non -ASD Nest students. Social worker at school is first point of contact when parents have questions, or school wants to let parents know how student is doing. This is a model program in how to do CTT, particularly the Nest program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

My child is in 8th grade and we have had nothing but wonderful experiences. Teachers communicate frequently with parents and offer many opportunities for the students to meet and get extra help if needed. The curriculum is engaging and connected without being test prep . In addition, many students were accepted into highly selective and specialized high schools. My own child had gained acceptance to both Bard HS early college and Brooklyn Tech. I couldn t be happier with MS 447.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

This school is absolutely amazing!!! I ranked this 1st and got in. The teachers are extremely kind and helpful. Overall, I would be absolutely happy if the school stays like this.


Posted April 26, 2012

My child was accepted to Beacon High School as the first choice from this middle school. There were students from the highly rated gifted school Mark Twain, who did not get into Beacon as their first choice, so I am very pleased with this school. I have a very quiet child, who has never had any problems at this school of any kind. The level of communication with the teachers is absolutely STELLAR! The curriculum has been wonderful and exciting, and this is the only public school I'd consider for my youngest child (my middle child attends this same school).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

I am so happy that my child decided to attend this school. It challenges the students and allows them to think critically and be creative! Although they are expected to complete many projects and they do have a lot of homework, the assignments are appropriate and challenging. Teachers are very supportive of students and will go out of their way to help the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

I am so impressed with the focus on academic studies at this school. The kids are constantly challenged to create great work and present their work in front of the entire community. The math class my daughter is taking is very challengiong for her, but I would rather that she work hard for a B, then breeze through with an A. The teachers are sooo good here at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

THIS SCHOOL IS SO AWESOME!!! It has a great curriculum, with great teachers, and even better, more encouraging kids. It rocks to be a student here, and if you ever come, tell Ms. Hughes that Milo said hi. Seriously, come here.


Posted May 21, 2010

Keep a high standard of excellence in spite of having a policy of admitting students across ELA scores. Behavior is a major criterion. Many kids get into acclaimed and specialized HS. Innovative program where students go on weekly trips to educational sites pending on what they're studying at the moment: Botanic Garden, Aquarium, Prospect Park, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My daughter excelled in this school. The curriculum and teachers prepared her for academic success in high school. It is a small school with hands on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

This my son's second year at this school and the teachers are doing an excellent job to make them into tomorrow scholars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I love this school. It has great programs and the teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I'm really liking MS 447. It was my son's first choice, but I wasn't as sure. Nearly six months later, I find my 6th grade son's teachers to be top notch; they really work at keeping parents informed of their kids progress (MUCH more so than his elementary school did). Class sizes are smaller than average which I consider invaluable. And its central location isn't the drawback I had feared. Really nice mix of kids, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

the caring and dedicated teachers the student body is united and community concerned
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The have a fabulous offsite program. Parents are kept informed of everything continuously
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

MS 447 is an amazing school. This is my daughters second year there and we've had nothing but good experiences. All the staff is friendly and helpful. The teachers are wonderful. This is truly and A+++++ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

I am a recent graduate of this school and overall I can say is this is a really good school. The teachers are always there for you there fun as well which encourages you to do your work more. You can make lots of friends and have a good time as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2008

I am very proud my son is attending Math & Science. Wonderful staff and teachers. Rigorous instructional Exploration program is one of the schools highlights. I know my son will be prepared for HS and beyond.
—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 29% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
93%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
95%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 2 40% 48%
Black 2 27% 19%
Hispanic 2 21% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 11% 9%
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 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 230%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 25%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 None
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.
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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 828 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents27156%
Students50099%
Teachers57100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. DAWN FARAJ

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • None
Transportation options
  • Busing for 6th grade
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (718) 330-9328

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