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Jhs 167 Robert F Wagner

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1243 students

 

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Posted September 16, 2014

The registrar at this school does not know about serviced apartment or rental mail box. What should I say? We are still looking around for a place to stay after moving into this city. I stay at a serviced apartment for now. It seems she has never heard of it. It is okay not to know. People are not all smart. My 13 years old understands what a serviced apartment is , just in a second. The registrar is so sure that I am lying about the address. Very rude. It is unbelievable that this kind of uneducated woman get a job at a school . I think NYC should reevaluate their staff. I tried to explain but she won't understand. As a registrar, she should actually know that some people live in temporary housing.She is not doing her job.Please, don't accuse people without any reasons.. I hope she knows to apologize at least? Probably not? I think she needs to go back to school to get more knowledge and better manner. Please don't accuse someone of something if you are the one who does not have enough capabilities to understand. BTW, serviced apt and rental mail box is not something new neither rare. Looks like she lives in a tiny eggshell with no window/door to outside world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

Everyone has been saying that their are bullies and teachers only care about sp students, well I dont believe that im going to find out myself this september. And by the way I cant wait!


Posted June 1, 2014

I am a student in the SP program at Wagner. I feel like you are only cared about in the honers program. There is bullying at this school but the guidance counselor and assistant principals at each grande level do a lot to get people through it. My teachers have favorites and give more opportunities to them opposed to other students. Very unfair. Other than that there are nice people and if you get Ms. Dansky as a teacher you are very lucky. This school is average if you are not in the honers program, nothing too special about it. Also being in a big school is hard so, choose a smaller school to go to if you have the option.


Posted April 19, 2014

I think that Robert F. Wagner is an amazing school academically and in terms of student support. To the extent that a parent reported bullying, if you contact Dean Eldridge he will be completely on top of it and will work to resolve it expeditiously. The school is very on top of these kind of issues and my son has had a wonderful experience at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

My daughter is in the 6th grade special programs at Wagner. The academics there are fabulous. Unfortunately there is a problem with bullying there. I have informed the school six times. I was told something was going to be done about it but it is still going on. This is a very large school and I think it is hard to stay on top of situations like this. Regardless, They need to have a tougher policy on bullying and enforce it. It breaks my heart that my daughter who is very bright has to deal with being picked on daily and dreads going to school daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

My son started from 6th grade. It's a messy school, Dean and most of teachers don't know how to deal with teens, only blame the students. Home work system is good, but some teachers don't post home work on the system, it make students and parents difficult to follow and finish the HW, and the missed HW were all counted to student grades. If you want to keep a good grade, please be careful to write down all class assignments. And the school don't know how to support students for SHSAT test, and high school applications for prep test and recommendations. The school is not well organized, the HW loaded little in grade 6 and 7 grades, 8th grade turned out a lot as usual during SHSAT prep time, teachers don't care about your test, they only care their teaching schedules. I recommend that don't go the big school if you can find other smaller school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Hi I'm a former student of this school I graduated in 1970,it only seems like yesterday,I always tell my children and grandchildren if only I could turn back the hands of time,I would give up everything to go back to my 8th and 9 th grade with the same students and teachers.Wagner was the best years of my life.Remembering the principal Mr. Bernard Walker who I loved so dearly and that good looking gym teacher Mr. John Whittekin,who later in years became the principal ,I loved all the fun,all the learning just loved everything about wagner,I moved out of NY but if I was there my children and grandchildren would have attended Wagner.Giving thanks to my 8th grade math teacher Ms. Joan campbell who thought me to love math later in years I became a bookkeeper.5 stars for the school


Posted August 12, 2012

Both my sons attended Wagner Middle School. One is going to Brooklyn Tech and the other will be starting at Frank McCourt this year. The school is well run, the teachers are approachable, helpful and they respond when you email them. The administration is equally responsive and approachable. I have nothing but praise for Ms. Torres, Mr. Eldridge and particularly Ms Renn-Losarda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

What a terrible school. My son and daughter were both victims of bullying at this school. Bullying seems to be a great problem at this school for many children. If you don't want your son or daughter to become a victim of bullying, I highly recommend that you avoid sending them here. The school also only seems to care about the honors classes and no effort is made for the regular classes. I am greatly disappointed by the school's lack of commitment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

My son entered sixth grade here recently and was the victim of a bullying incident almost immediately. The school's response was slow and lacked transparency with the Dean of Students trying hard to discredit my son's story and shield the bullies. The principal, Ms. Losquadro, only took part in the investigation on my insistance and threat of applying for a safety transfer for my son. Send your kids to East Side Middle School if possible. Avoid this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2011

The building looks like a jail. Some students have behavior issue that administration can't control. The administration seems to be overwhelmed by the situation and does not aggressively address the problem. The information from school to parents are not always transparent ( advanced program, music program, other activities .. ) Thanks to its diversity (mostly Asian), the school is academically well performing in Math/Sciences. The school is mostly over rated above but better than many middle schools in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

This is a school that is incredibly well run. Wagner in NYC's largest middle school but it doesn't feel that way. Ms. Lasorda nee Rehn has organized the school so that each grade maintains the same Assistant Principal and Guidance Counselor throughout the students career at the school. We now have our 2nd child at the school, in the 7th grade. His older brother attends Brooklyn Tech, one of NYC's specialty high schools so the education he got was also done well. I can only sing my praises for this school. We are very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

This school made me feel right at home. I am in 7th grade now and in the academic classes. If your in SP/Honors it can be more challenging. But if your in the academics, the teachers take their time to explain things that you don't understand. You can also ask for help afterschool or in the morning and they will be there. This is a great school with great teachers and staffs.


Posted March 4, 2011

THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL. My son is in the 8th grade . The principal, Jennifer Rehn is the best . You will never see such an involved person. Her door is always open. The deans are great. High school placement in this school is excellent. This year 90 kids were excepted to Specialized schools. The honors math program is out of this world great. The music program also great with 34 kids accepted to Laguardia. Some kids got into Laguardi and Bronx Science. This is a real school -no baby stuff. Your child goes with you to parent teacher conferences. After school activities offer tons of sport programs. My son is now ready for high school because of the teachers at Wagner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2010

Great school if you are in one of the special (SP - Honor) classes. YOu will get a great education and will make lasting friendships. If you are in one of the lower or average classes then good luck to you. You get bullied and picked on and the teachers would care less. They also seem to care less about teaching better materials to these students. Mainly because students in these classes don't pay attention and are disrespectful. I was in the average classes my first two year. I hated going to school and feel like I have a second rate education. Then begged to get into one of the top classes my last year. What a difference. I finally "enjoyed" school and put in an effort to study. My classmates are not rude like before and the course materials are more challenging.


Posted April 13, 2010

Enthusiastic teachers, wonderful programs & after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I am a seventh grader @ MS 167 and I have to say, you end up feeling anonymous in such a big school. It's really hard to distinguish yourself from others so people don't lump you into groups. But they have great support groups for children of divorce, and kids feeling insecure about their ethnicity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2010

Very impersonal school. I am very disappointed in Wagner. I expected teachers who are concerned about their students. Instead, most of the teachers don't notify you in time when you child is in trouble. Their attitude is one of 'sink or swim.' I removed my child in the middle of the school year because I was so appalled at the lack of caring - with the exception of one teacher. If your child is an independent worker who does not mind an impersonal environment, then Wagner is a perfet fit for your youngster. Kids who need more attention, should be placed in another more suitable setting
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

My son attends Wagner. Unfortunately this is his last year and its off to High School. This is the best of the best schools. Principal, Teachers and Staff are all wonderful. I wish it went straight through High School. Teachers are truly dedicated to there students and extemely helpful to the parents. If there is any concerns, the school has an open door policy. Principal and Assistant Principals are remarkable. My son is getting the best education ever in Wagner. This is an Upper Eastside Gem. Love the school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I love Wagner Middle School because it is filled with incredibly dedicated professionals who are committed to supporting our very large and very diverse population of students. Our students and teachers are faced with issues from challenged learners and the seriously gifted to serious family traumas and emotional concerns. Our committed administration has taken the largest middle school in Manhattan and through endless hours of hard work have made it a lovely place to work and to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

445 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

450 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
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 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.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

407 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

426 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

429 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 39% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 27% 9%
Hispanic 2 23% 23%
Black 2 10% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 159%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 34%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

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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents73364%
Students112694%
Teachers4762%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JENNIFER REHN

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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220 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 535-8610

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