About us

Our Vision

Success for All

Instructional Focus

Foster Strong Discussions that are Rooted in Deep Questions

School Mission Statement

JHS 185 provides our students with a strong educational foundation for 21st century careers through rigorous instruction, critical thinking and problem solving within a supportive environment. Students experience a vast interdisciplinary approach, which includes individual programming, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Software Engineering, music performances and fine arts exhibitions. Our school collaborates with ArtsConnection, Silk Road Connect and Urban Advantage to enrich our students’ cultural experience. We foster students' self-esteem by leveraging their individual social-emotional intelligence and self-expression to promote social competencies such as setting and achieving goals, managing emotions, making responsible decisions and establishing positive relationships. We practice Brain Power Wellness as a way to enhance growth mindset strategies to empower students to take an active role in their personal journey. We value parent involvement and encourage active participation in events such as STEAM Night and Lunar Festival. Ongoing communication is facilitated via our website, home visitations and PupilPath to help bridge a successful connection between school and home.

Academic Opportunities

Regents Classes: Living Environment; Integrated Algebra, US History

Enrichment Classes: Band; Chorus; Computer Science; Orchestra; Visual Arts

Language Classes: Mandarin Chinese; Spanish

Extracurricular Activities: Best Buddies; Broadway Junior; Community Service; Confucius Classrooms; Drama Club; LEGO Robotics; Math Team; Mouse Squad; Music; Bleeker Bulletin Newspaper; SHSAT Prep; Silk Road Connect; Software Engineering Program; Student Government Association; Visual Arts; Yearbook; Young Debaters; Beautiful Me - Self Esteem Program; Girls Who Code; Student Club Choices During the Day; Band; Chorus; Orchestra; Visual Arts

Sports: Basketball; Cheer Squad; Rugby; Soccer, Softball; Table Tennis; Volleyball