Grade level academies provide the appropriate social and emotional supports for all students. An assistant principal, dean, and guidance counselor support students in each grade academy. All students have the same access to academic coursework, enrichment activities, after-school programs, and overnight trips.
o The Annex building houses the Sixth Grade Academy. The smaller learning environment and teacher teams provide a supportive transition to middle school.
o The main building houses the Seventh and Eighth Grade Academies.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The Advanced Placement Program (Classes 711, 712, 713) begins in the seventh grade. AP students are expected to pass two NY State Regents (Algebra & Living Environment) and the NYC Second Language Proficiency Exam in Spanish at the conclusion of the eighth grade. AP students also follow an advanced curriculum in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Due to the rigorous expectations and coursework, the AP program has specific criteria for eligibility based upon:
o NYS Math Assessment score in the 85th percentile of IS 230 students in the grade.
o Minimum report card average of 85%, with no grade lower than 80% in any subject.
o Teacher Recommendations in the content areas (ELA, Math, Sci, SS).
o Any student not meeting these criteria at the end of any marking period may be removed from the AP program and placed into a regular class.
Grade 8 Individualized Programming
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, eighth graders will be placed into individualized programs. The students will be placed in their programs based on multiple factors such as grades, test scores and teacher recommendations. The student might have different classmates in their various subject classes. They will not travel as a group for all of their subject classes as they did in the sixth and seventh grade. Using this model, we will be better able to meet each student’s individual needs. This is preparing the students for high school while they are still here at the middle school level.