First there was the below mention of the schools in Inwood, then a story about students seeking out a more intellectually stimulating environment because "they were bored with the intellectual pace at Middle School 322 in Washington Heights."
Elementary schools include Public School 98 Shorac Kappock, on West 212th Street near 10th Avenue, for prekindergarten through Grade 4. It enrolls 618 students, 97 percent Hispanic. Last year, 45 percent of fourth-graders met state standards in English and 74 percent in math, versus 61 and 80 citywide.
Among area middle schools is Junior High School 52 Inwood, on Academy Street near Broadway, for Grades 5 through 8. Last year, 32 percent of eighth-graders met state standards in English and 45 percent in math, versus 43 and 60 citywide.
Many older students attend Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics, on 165th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Its student body is mostly Hispanic; it is geared toward recent arrivals in the United States. SAT averages last year were 326 in reading, 349 in math and 307 in writing, versus 438, 460, and 433 citywide.
This leaves me wondering whether the schools are really all that bad. Anyone care to weigh in?