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Isaac Newton Ms For Math And Science

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Posted April 9, 2013

Overall, the atmosphere of the school is welcoming. Students are manageable when addressed apart from the group in a one-on-one setting (only a few students are deeply disrespectful to adults within the building- most of the behaviors exhibited by students are characteristic of their developmental age- a result of developmental, social, emotional, and environmental issues and stress). Most teachers in the school challenge the thinking of students and push them to strive to excel beyond their own expectations, and teachers tend to be highly qualified, hard-working, and passionate. While there are a few teachers who could use more structure in terms of expectations and practice, most teachers want their students to be successful in their subject area and later on in life.Teachers who use differentiation and work with students in small groups are able to reach the higher level students. A dean or point person to quell behavioral issues would be beneficial to ensure the positive environment and culture of the school, but with budgetary constraints it is difficult. Consistency, structure, and useful Professional Training would help staff and students feel more sure of themselves.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2013

Isaac Newton MIddle School is a wonderful school where most teachers work very hard and dedicate themselves to educating students. The administration works to overcome the lack of funding and onerous demands of the DOE, as much as possible. We have mostly terrific students. Of course, there are always a few unhappy teachers and students....no place is perfect. However, most of us are very committed to having an excellent school, and students are prepared for high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2013

Anonymous reviews...really? I believe that if you have something to say it would be advisable to discuss these matters with administration and colleagues.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 19, 2013

These reviews are laughable, particularly since they were all submitted around the same time. It looks like a campaign to build up an inflated good reputation. Behavior problems are rampant, administration is weak when it comes to solving major behavioral issues. Teachers are generally good, with a few that are excellent and more than a few that are terrible. It's not one of the worst schools in the city, but it certainly isn't great. I would never send my own child here, the environment simply isn't challenging enough for motivated students since the teachers have to spend most of their time on classroom management.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2010

Students work hard; Leadership is strong; Teaching staff is of high quality
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 9, 2010

Excellent and dedicated school leaders and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

this school has the most dedicated teachers I've ever seen--the school spirit is fantastic!


Posted November 9, 2010

Isaace Newton MS is a safe environment for learning. The students are safe, kind and productive. There are many connections that get students the readiness they need for high school and college. The Citizen Schools Program at Isaac Newton is great! I would definately send my child here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2010

Isaac Newton Middle School is a great place to teach and a great place for students to learn. The environment is friendly, focused and academically challenging.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2010

Teachers at Isaac Newton Middle School are deddicated and caring people who go beyond the regular school day to make special events happen for our young people. We have a smart, engaged and loving staff, and each year our alumni students come back to visit. That says a lot for a place with an age group that most American students just want to forget ever happened. Our motto: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Productive!


Posted November 8, 2010

Ms. Nelson is a visionary leader with great expectations for her students. She uses resources skillfully and deliberately to ensure that her students have the best possible options during their middle school years.


Posted November 8, 2010

It cares for every student and believes all children have the right to a great education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2010

Great place for students to learn....family environment


Posted November 6, 2010

The principal has created an environment in the school that is conducive to learning. The programs are innovative and creative. Having provided some programs for the school, I wholeheartedly believe that the students are dedicated to learning and have adopted to the philosophy of the school and that they are extremely proud to be in a school in which staff and administrators care about their wellbeing!


Posted November 6, 2010

INMS is a great school to work in because the staff is so committed to providing quality education to all students and truly support one another!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 6, 2010

The teachers, support staff and the administrators are the most dedicated, hardworking, and carering people I ever had the privilege of working with in my entire 26 years with the NYC DOE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

Caring administration and hardworking dedicated teachers make this school a great choice for neighborhood kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 6, 2010

pleasant safe atomsphere, a staff that cares about education and children, good solid leadership
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

This is an excelent school, with teachers and mostly the principal.. They are really intop of there students. I recommend any child to pick this school for there first choice in junior hs. My son goes to this school n no complain but working hard and achieving more in each class. Very proud of him and im always in top of him..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

i am a student of isaac newton middle school im in 7th grade and they have tought me alot. i have improved alot 4rm elmentry school to now. alot of parents should put there child in isaac newton
—Submitted by a student


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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
14%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%
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 Students7%
Female15%
Male2%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population10%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant7%

Math

All Students11%
Female15%
Male8%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population14%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English13%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%
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 Students12%
Female17%
Male8%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities8%
General population13%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English13%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%

Math

All Students6%
Female7%
Male5%
African American3%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population7%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English7%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%
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 Students10%
Female13%
Male7%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population12%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English11%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students3%
Female2%
Male3%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic1%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged2%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population3%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English3%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant3%

Science

All Students52%
Female50%
Male54%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities24%
General population59%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
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 "C" 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
Hispanic 1 73% 23%
Black 1 23% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
White 2 1% 48%
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 212%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 198%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 12%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 36%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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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

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents7022%
Students33297%
Teachers2496%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. LISA NELSON
Fax number
  • (212) 987-4197

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