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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 1,030
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330 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010

(212) 674-4545
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June 05, 2015
Why can't Ms 104 teachers post the homework on Engrade like the rest of the world? Some do, most don't. Unfair and ridiculous.

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November 21, 2014
I am a student here in Simon Baruch and this is my last year in 2015. I love this school since we changed the principle into a new one. He is trying his best to lead this school. The teachers here are super nice and they try their best to help you guys prepare for the SHSAT,SATS, and the state test. Although the homework is not too much or too little, you would have homework every single day. The club activities are very interesting especially the tech crew, drama club which makes amazing plays by the drama teacher Mr. Ko. (A very funny drama teacher and very fun class.) My favorite 8th grade teacher is Ms. Banke, if u do see her you will automatically smile at her warmness. A very good SCHOOL!!

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2014
I attended JHS 104 from when it first opened in may of 1956 until I graduated in June of 1959 and went on to graduate from the New York High School of Printing in 1962

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September 08, 2014
Seems from the posts the math continues to be horrible! My son went here 7 years ago.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2014
This is the worst school ever!!! My child was bullied when he first got there he got jump and none of the kids got in trouble. Now it is his last year and my son gets suspended for defending him self. My son went from being in the talented and gifted program to failing his all his classes. But if he played basketball they would have made sure he passed his classes. Why do you need to play ball for the school to actually get help?

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2014
Simon Baruch Middle school is an excellent school with teachers who are experienced, professional and care.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2014
My daughter started here in 7th grade. She studied things she had previously studied at Epiphany but she was ok w/that. She was put in the SP program which we were happy abt. There are so many Asians at this school, it's amazing! I guess the Tiger moms want their kids in SP? Anyway, she's made lots of friends and is excelling. She struggles in math but the teacher is always there in the morning to tutor her. She hears "language" but it's the age I spose. Overall, she says she likes it and the kids don't fight and the teachers are really nice. The drama teacher plays favorites unfortunately but the Drama Dept. is a godsend considering most schools lack this. There is ample notice when my child is falling below the mark in grades. A letter is sent home promptly FOR AN 85! So I feel as a parent, the school is organized, good teachers who really care and sweet students.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2013
MATH teachers are not helping students - MOST ARE FAILING. Beware of Math here. bad bad bad. No one helps kids in this subject and kids are failing. No one cares.

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August 22, 2013
My child transferred to M.S 104 in the 7th grade. Overall it was a very good experience for both of us.I felt the parents I met in the PA were both welcoming and helpful. While my child has mentioned some fights in the school, fortunately she not been a victim. I feel the teachers were available to both of us when we reached out, emails were returned the same day. If my child or I requested additional help teachers responded positively. I think the principal is pretty amazing. I was surprised that she personally met with me when my child entered the school. I am surprised by the comment from the AA recent grad, that has not been our experience. Why only 4 stars? Five stars would mean they are perfect just the way they are an no school is perfect, but it has been a very good place for our family.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2013
I HATED Simon Baruch Middle School with every fiber of my being. I would give this school a 0 out 5 if I could but I have to give the school at least one star. I HATED IT SO MUCH. Everyone there is racist, fake and straight up mean. If you are Black, DO NOT go there. Even one there was mean to me and I was talked about behind my back. Also, the faculty will not help you. I was able to get into a good high school because my own persistence not because the teachers were great. A lot of them wouldn't even fill out my recommendation forms. The people there are so racist and A LOT of them DO NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE AND THEY THINK WE'RE ALL STUPID. So of course when I was in an SP class a lot of the people there were surprised that I got some of the best grades in the class. Going to Simon Baruch Middle School was the worst decision I have ever made in my whole life. I came to that school an innocent child and I left as a person who had experienced firsthand how cruel people can be. I am making it my mission to warn people about this school. But for many of the people who are already there, it is too late. However, if you still end up going to this school, remember to stay true to yourself

- submitted by a community member

August 08, 2013
This school is not the best but I loved it. The people I met were great and it was very sad to leave. The teachers actually help and explain the work to you and when your on the lines of failing they still won't give up on you. But the students some are really crazy as of fights there were not that much in school out of school was another story but they punished them. To tell you the truth I loved this school they had great activities I loved volleyball and track the most. Also their party's were so fun to go to and just dance and prom was amazing so hopefully whoever goes has as much fun as I did.

- submitted by a community member

June 23, 2013
This school is WONDERFUL! I have had two children graduate from Baruch, and go on to great high schools where they were prepared with a solid foundation for academic success. And at Baruch they also got to study and create art with a marvelous art teacher, to perform in an outstanding school play with a talented director and drama teacher, to inquire into the scientific process with authenticity, to celebrate their creativity in the ceramics club, and to play sports with great teammates and coaches. This school is a happy, disciplined place and the faculty and administrators are caring and involved with the students. Every time I approached an administrator for help they were immediately available and ready with a solution from the principal on down. I thoroughly recommend Simon Baruch middle school.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2013
This school is awful. The kids are rowdy, violent and fight. I don't think there is a day where a fight doesn't happen in this school. The kids are always yelling, screaming, shoving and curseing. The school has 20+ surveillance cameras and the administration watches them like hawks as if its a prison. The police have been called to the school more than four times this year (2013) and I certainly do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2013
Just had to respond after viewing recent parent post (4/26). Worst example of public school? Rude/ridiculous students? Is this irate individual speaking about MS104? I have two children attended/attending this school - I cannot disagree more with accusations/assessment. Nothing is perfect, however I do find the school clean, orderly, and endowed with wonderful space (large yard, newly refurb. auditorium, large gym, sci lab, ceramics classroom. The teachers my children had/have are enthusiastic, active, and truly interested in student performance/learning. The children I interfaced with as friends of my children and in school have been fine.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2013
This school has potential.. but most of the kids there are rude and are RIDICULOUS. They're the worst example of a public school.

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February 24, 2013
I went to this school a few years ago. Teachers are great, but the administration really ruined my experience there. I remember Ms. Goldstein pretend to care all about racism and everything. She even tried to cancel our senior trip because of it. She came to class daily and asked us to talk to her to get over racism and everything. That's exactly what I tried to do. I went to her and I said, "Ms. Goldstein, racism exists in every class." Instead of properly taking care of it and recognizing it as an issue of the whole school, she said, "You're not in those classes. How would you know?"and laughed. It hurt my feelings and I could not help but feel anger about how she did not take racism seriously. Honestly, she favored a particular race herself and she often associated with the students who fought with each other. I'm sure she knows racism exists in their classes, but she took no action. It seems like she only cared for ruining the lives of our class because we were mostly of a certain race.

- submitted by a community member

November 04, 2012
This school lacks a proper education system I am currently in this school and find myself learning subjects that I have already learned in elementary school. This is a horrible school DO NOT GO HERE.

- submitted by a community member

April 21, 2012
i love this school it is a great school.my son is learning so much new things

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March 01, 2012
great school, sure wish it went all the way to 12th grade, my kid graduates this year, has had a wonderful experience here, made lots of friends, teachers are great, offers drama, music, art, ceramics, spanish, french, track, basketball, P.E. etc. along with your basic subjects. I would send my kid here all over again if I had to, no regrets here.

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September 03, 2011
it is a very good school. i love it. i recommend it to other parents.

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June 07, 2011
Today I got my yearbook, the markings that I am a senior. I love this school and the Drama Club. It had opened up new oppurtinites and gave me a reason to do well. The teachers are helpful and caring, the students are supportive and we have our laughs. I'm going to miss this school when I move on to Brooklyn Tech next year. I'm going to miss the teachers, students of '11, and Drama Club of Grease -Afro Samurai

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2011
Simon Baruch was a horrible experience for me. I know it has changed me for the worse. Everywhere you look, kids are tormenting each other, while most of the teachers just turn the other cheek. I'm EXTREMELY happy that I graduated and am out of that place no longer having to go back. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD HERE! Trust me you'll regret it.~student

- submitted by a community member

April 07, 2011
i graduated from baruch last year and i think my friends and i would agree we had a great tim ethere and it really prepared me for high school. i just dont like ms.goldstein she has a problem with being rude and thinks shes the boss.. but other than that its great and boys never harrased the girls unless they asked for it.

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March 04, 2011
I am a former teacher at Simon Baruch, I had the extreme, thankfully brief, displeasure of working with the "new crop" of teachers that have recently taken over . This may sound harsh, but I cannot understand why so many individuals that obviously can't stand children and have no work ethic whatsoever decided to become teachers. Thanks to its teachers, Simon Baruch is now among the saddest of examples of where this country s entire public education system is headed. If you care at all about your child, you cannot allow the system to place them in Simon Baruch. I ALSO KNOW FIRST HAND THAT A GREAT MANY OF THE GOOD REVIEWS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS SCHOOL ON THIS SITE WERE WRITTEN BY THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.

- submitted by a teacher

March 04, 2011
This is the worst school ever. My daughter has been attacked and beaten several times by boys here, AND NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Advice: IF YOU SEND YOUR KID HERE, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GREAT HEALTH INSURANCE AND A GREAT LAWYER. The teachers and principals act like you don't even exist.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2011
The principal is inadequate, as is a large number of her staff. They don't seem to have the skills to run the school, provide discipline, structure, and the attention kids need. The principal seems to be more concerned about maintaining an "image" and her job than really doing what's best for the kids. There's violence, a lot of kids cursing, and rules breaking everywhere. If the teachers like you, you can basically do whatever you want. If you're too quiet, too loud, too smart, not smart enough - you will not do well here. The teachers and students will pick on you. Not a good faculty.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2011
One of the best schools here. You can meet new friends and exellent teachers that actually care about you. Before I was a lonely kid, when i joined Baruch i become popular and that definitely changed my life.

- submitted by a community member

June 26, 2010
The housing system allows needed individual attention. The teachers and administration are fantastic. The drama after school is the best in the City. Our child could not have had a better middle school experience. Three cheers for our Principal Gaetani,and Viva 104!

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2010
My son is now a 9th grader in one of the top specialized high schools in the city. He was a Baruch SP student for all 3 years of middle school. We find that MS 104 prepared him better for the rigors of this high school than some of the smaller middle schools did for his friends. He is excelling in math and science and credits that, in part, to the solid background he got in both subjects at Baruch. A bigger middle school makes for an easier transition to a big high school, and, in general, the specialized high schools are big!

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March 11, 2010
My son attended 104 6th through 8th sp program and he is now in a very well known hs.104 did not do a good job as far as the homework load and quiz prep. H.s is a major step to climb.

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February 06, 2010
i am not satisfyed with the quality of understanding of the students along with the teachers, i am really unhappy.

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January 28, 2010
The school has a nurturing environment, with all teachers here being intelligent, stimulating, energetic and enthused. to the post dated September 18, 2008: I am not sure what is meant by 'especially those of us with students in the SP program'. My son is not in the SP program. But he is far from a 'problematic kid', whatever that means. He is friendly, smart and hard working. So are many of his friends who are also not in SP. Some of these students just require more attention and a smaller class size and/or have particular issues with math and/or writing. On the other hand, there equally are 'problematic kids' in the SP Program. My son has generally been treated by the teachers/administration with equal care as the SP kids, but I do remain concerned about segregation and tracking . I believe it to be not a problem at Baruch.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
We love it! Great school, wonderful staff & active supportive PTA.

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March 29, 2009
i love my school that im going to the teachers are really nice and i get a great education their.

- submitted by a student
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March 02, 2009
The education is awesome and so are the teachers. But there are too many bullies and people not following the rules there. Such as no cursing and hoods and hats on in school. If there were less people cursing and wearing their pants the wrong way (up to their knees) I think that school will be rated 5+ to me

- submitted by a student

January 28, 2009
The teachers in this school are amazing. I began to love Social Studies ever since I had Ms. Davis as a teacher and I loved science ever since Ms. Wiltz was my 7th grader teacher. Both the science and social studies department have amazing teachers that make you want to learn but the math teachers in this school have a lot to learn. For the three years that I was at Simon Baruch I hated going to math because of the teacher's inability to teach a topic and speak understandable english. If your child struggles in Math then they should definitely get outside tutoring because you will not learn a thing at this school. The French teacher was amazing and I learned a lot from him. Mr. Ealey was great teacher and challenges each student by creating hard tests and teaching them high school topics. Overall, this school has amazing teachers.

- submitted by a student

December 28, 2008
My daughter is now in 6th grade Simon Baruch Middle School. She likes it there, she gets good grades but the people there dont treat her nice. If I were you parents dont put your child in MS 104.

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December 25, 2008
I would like to point out that the assistant principal Mr. Daily (I hope I have the right speling) was great in helping us to solve an issue. His level of dedication is huge given the fact that it was a sure thing to find him at his desk at 7 PM when I called. I hope there are more people like Mr Daily at Baruch.

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December 10, 2008
We don't like Baruch. It is very crowded and very burocratic. My daughter was assigned there and her grades are all 'A' but the school keep us waiting to put her in advanced placement. There are a lot of disciplinary problems and we don't find any feedback from the counselor. Don't go there.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2008
The principal is okay. She like all the rest of the principals. She is very responsible

- submitted by a student

November 20, 2008
As an ex-teacher of this school, I have to warn both parents and students. There are some absolutely great teachers, but their hands are tied by an administration that cares a lot more about looking good than being good. Behavior problems are swept under the rug, and children that start by acting out in normal ways quickly find that without boundaries, they can do whatever they choose. The good kids are not given the attention they deserve because the teachers have to spend so much of their energy trying to keep the problem cases from terrorizing the building. Classes are overcrowded, and the SP program is honors in name only--the work is no more challenging than the general education classes. There are much better schools in the area. 104 was once great--it no longer is.

- submitted by a teacher

September 18, 2008
In response to the post dated July 17, 2008, I agree the administration often seems to be more concerned with dealing with crises than finding ways to keep the brighter kids challenged and I agree with the post dated April 17, 2008 that it would be incredible to get the kids more involved in international studies... the Mock UN Program is right down the street! On the whole, however, I think Baruch provides a solid educational experience and the more we parents-- especially those of us with students in the SP program-- bring our concerns to the attention of the administration, we may be able to make a difference. I don't think they disagree; unfortunately the school is required to take problematic kids that may fall out of other schools. The administration's philosophy seems to be to try to keep the bottom from falling out is just spread way too thin.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2008
I loved this school so much. I wish i could go back. But I graduated. The teachers were great and friendly and do were the students.

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2008
I will always regret sending my boy here. It was a terrible experience for him. Every negative post rings true. It seems to me that girls do better, for whatever sociological reason. My son entered as a President's Scholar--3 years later he didn't even manage an 85. Each year he began determined to do his best in his SP class, but overcrowding, lackluster teachers (pace to the exceptions), general lack of vision, and a principal more concerned with dealing with crises than helping keep bright kids motivated, dragged him down in mind and spirit. Think twice. And be advised that not all SP classes offer Regents work--assume nothing. BTW, intensive tutoring got my kid a high test score and admission into arguably the top NYC Public H.S. Not because of Baruch, b ut in spite of Baruch.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2008
I have gone to Simon Baruch for three years. I love the school even though the community involvment could be greater. I am in the SP program and always have been in it. The teachers are very suportive and they are always helping students by giving up their time.

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2008
Simon Baruch JHS 104 is a great school and is a stepping stone towards higher goals for my daughter who is currently in the 7th Grade SP program. I do however wish that there were a few more afterschool programs that will get the kids off the streets and learn more international studies (that their world is a much bigger place than they can imagine)

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2008
Simon Baruch Middle School is one of the Best School

- submitted by a student

September 15, 2007
I went to this school for 3 years and I loved it. The teachers are really nice and understanding. I learned alot in 104 and I will never forget my 3 years there

- submitted by a student

August 23, 2007
well I am not necessarily a parent I am a student at Simon Baruch(going into eighth grade) and I think that the school is good if you are on the teachers deans and staffs good sides, or you don't really get any special attention. but on the other hand if you (as the student) don't stick out either with really good grades or really bad behavior (your basically mediocre) then that's what you get mediocre attention. see if you don't have a close and personal relationship with the teachers you might not necessarily be student of the month, but hey that's just my experience at Simon Baruch. and I am not looking forward to going back there for eighth grade, I am dreading it! - nothing special in NYC

- submitted by a student

June 27, 2007
For two years I was the Poster Mom for 104. This past year, with a new principal, things changed. In 6th & 7th grade my daughter was in SP. With a 95% average, in 8th grade she was not put into the Regents class. The principal would not return my calls, emails or hand-written notes. The atmosphere in the general education class was not conducive to learning, and her two 'good' teachers have both left. She went from never missing a day of school to begging me to stay home and being frequently upset.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2007
I love this school. I feel really safe and we are all a huge family.(sometimes) The teachers are great.

- submitted by a student

March 24, 2007
I go to Simon Baruch Middle school the teacher are very helpful and willing to teach. Our principle is splendid. Our school policy is strict and fair. We also have homework help every Tuesday and Thursday.

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September 19, 2006
I stayed in Simon Baruch for three years and really benefit from it. Simon Baruch was filled with awesome people and teachers. I think that those three years where so far the best and most exiting years of my life. I made unbelievable friends and not only that but learned quiet a bit to. This is the best school ever the teachers are amazing the students are great and the education is great too. Right now I'm in NEST and all I could say that Baruch was 1000 times better! When you finish Baruch u feel amazing u meet tons of new people and learn a lot. 104 is the best school ever I strongly recommend it! I graduated from it and trust me its everything good compare to other schools!

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2006
this school has an amazingly good education and the school also makes your child feel like home.the school has teachers who care about them and 1 on 1 attention even though the class sizes are in large amounts.the school can provide your child with music,sports such as basketball,baseball,football,soccer and other sports due to popular demands. the school also has afterschool programs such as chess clubs and sport teams.the school can also asure your child a great learning experience. the school also have a great divided race of different cultures.the school provides school lunch for your child. it also has its montly fund raisers.the school also has a spacious gym that has new gym equipment.the school is very clean and sanitary.

- submitted by a student

November 01, 2005
Our son is in 8th grade at Baruch, having started in the SP program in 6th grade, and moved into the General Education program in 7th & 8th grades. The teaching has not been good in the General Education program, and our impression of the SP program was the teachers had a 'sink or swim' attitude. As soon as our son started sinking, he was not given much attention at all. He has had no music, minimal art. The drama program has been terrific, and the level of parent involvement in the SP class was substantial. He has loved (and continues to love...) his friends. But middle school is the great black hole of education, and Baruch is a large school -- not great for kids who are apt to get lost.

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October 01, 2005
The quality of this school depends on what type of student your child is. I had no regrets sending my oldest son to this junior high school, where he was taught by teachers who were not only interested in his academic development but his extracurriculars as well. He was taught by the most encouraging individuals who kept him challenged with accelerated classes and assignments. However, I did not send my younger son to this school since this school does remedial students a diservice. For example, remedial math students were taught by the someone who taught the woodworking elective class. This is a very good school if your child is ambitious. If he needs more attention, send him someone where else.

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August 26, 2005
The staff here is wonderful!! They care about your child and their development. They will contact via phone, email, or cell. They keep you abreast of everything! i will recommend this to school everyone.

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July 22, 2005
An excellent school with a supportive administration and staff.

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November 21, 2004
This middle school turned out to be the perfect match for my son who is kind and disciplined. Although the school itself is not a' lock down ' school, it has just the right amount of traditonal codes that make it a safe environement. The school is large and offer much in the way of liberal studies such as art, music, computer, but we found that the regular classes such as math, history, language arts and science offered the most. In the classes where he excelled, he was put in the advanced placement classes much to our satisfaction (and his). Mind you, he is not a genius. Just a fun high school kid who should have the opportunities that a lot of the kids ffrom the suburbs have. He now attends Manhattan Hunter High School for the Sciences. Our son made good friends and had good teachers.

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Jhs 104 Simon Baruch
330 E 21st St, New York, NY  10010
(212) 674-4545
Last modified Jhs 104 Simon Baruch is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jhs 104 Simon Baruch Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 86 reviews. Top