School Details

Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro

8787 24th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 996-6706
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 & ungraded 1220 students 14 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

22%
42%
29%
41%
58%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

31%
42%
29%
47%
51%
33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
44%
36%
15%
38%
22%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro is a public middle school in New York. The principal of Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro is MS. MARIA BENDER, who can be contacted at mdelfin@schools.nyc.gov. 1,220 students attend Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 18% of the Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro students are "limited in English proficiency." 83% of the 1,220 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Is 281 Joseph B Cavallaro is 14:1. Mark Twain is 239 for the Gifted and Talented is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian 40% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 39% 25%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 31%
Hispanic 23% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 70%
Limited English proficiency 18% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    If I had to say the school is really divided into two subgroups of students and their learning environment. There are kids who are devoted to learning and challenge themselves to be the greatest minds. However there are kids who create a disruptive learning environment for other ESL kids who are there because of a set back. These geniuses and inspiring minds stay up til midnight every night just to finish their homework. On the other side there was kids who don't even bother and are willing to fail. The administration seems to be troubled by this group and really it's not their fault. The start of the child's conduct starts with the parents and their influencing environment. The lower end of the school have a big influence causing the other kids to have a disruptive behavior. Most teachers will question your intellect and some will not. If your child has strong academic standards it may be a great idea to enroll your child to be around a bunch of intelligent students. The school fails to give the mature kids credit and focuses on the kids with bad conduct. In this school there's two ways to go to learn or not to learn.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school isn't perfect but it's everything I can ask for. People here complain about their teachers but I assure the sixth graders that not all the teachers are going to be the ones you had in elementary school. It is going to be tough but if you stay strong and is motivated to get good grades and learn middle school is going to be a breeze. Teachers here teach valuable information that you need when you get older. They prepare you for the extreme conditions in high school and college. Students aren't the best here either but it's not as if a school as great as mark twain doesn't have bad students. It depends on the people you meet and the ones you choose to be friends with. Cavallaro has the best school newspaper in the nation. And I'm proud to say I'm part of it. For countless years cavallaro had snatched this award from all of the middle schools with their top quality articles. In journalism you make memories that will stay with you for life like being able to have a Yankee stadium tour. Rarely would u have a chance to get to do this. Cavallaro might not better than mark twain and bay academy but it is still a school that won't make u regret your choice coming.

  • (1 year ago)

    I just want to say that that I'm an 8th grade student and I've had a wonderful successful 3 years in this school. The experiences that I've learned and shared have been unforgettable. The teachers staff and principal at Cavallaro have been great. Maybe there was just a couple of times things didn't go as planned but overall everyone really showed me that they care and their involvement in my home school work etc.. The area is very nice and safe as well. I would recommend this school to others. Thank you.

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently attend this school as an 8th grader. Let me say one thing to all you future Cavallaro students. This "All For One And One For All" nonsense you've heard about is utter rubbish. Teachers and staff pretend to care for you and make you believe that they're on your side; yet when the real trouble comes they won't back you up. In fact they start singling you out and ostracizing you until it feels like you're all alone in this cruel world. You can't trust anyone to watch you back since other students are mere trash waiting to grow up on welfare. Believe me I went through 3 years of this torture that deteriorates your mental state at an unflagging rate. Do NOT come to this school if you value your intelligence.

  • (1 year ago)

    i dont like this school 4 many reasons. in math class the teacher wont let u sharpen ure pencils in class if she dosent like u she wont let u get a tissue 4 ure nose. my teacher in our 40 min math class period spends 20 min screaming at students over nonsense! & giving us lectures on why were SO disrespectful meanwhile shes the one thats disrespectful. she is taking time out of class over screaming and blaming us students for nonsense. also she is my afterschool teacher & when she helps me with my hw some of those answers are wrong. in la compared 2 last yr it wasnt bad but test prep wise very! we bearly did test prep because she was 2 busy having us finish our class reading bk. in ss class our projects in 2 write a poem rap song etc. thats hw not projects. also she asks the class many times wat our hw should be. many times she dosent even have our lesson plan so we need 2wait 15min so she can get it done. in sci class his class is so boring that kids sleep in it. he spends 15min talkin about his daughter. we do no labs & if we do we examine rocks. also he barely gives us projects & for 2 quarters he didn't check our hw. this school needs help & i hope they c this review!

  • (3 years ago)

    It's a great school! Love it and would recommend to future 6th graders! Great afterschool programmes

  • (3 years ago)

    Unfortunately through out the years I have seen a deterioration in this school. The teachers are not reaching out to the students and parents. It seems that it is not as organized as far as finding new strategies and new teaching methods for students to advance more. I am very disappointed and hope they implement new programs....

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers have very poor judgement meaning if a student has a difficult time understanding what they are learning they don't make the effort to help them understand. The school is very disorganized also...

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has just graduated after attending this school in the 8th grade. I whole heartedly would without any reservation recommend this school. Caring involvement and thoughtfulness of their assistant principal Mr Hayden has exeeded any possible expectations. I am also very pleased with the overall quality of education safety friendliness of staff and concern for children. This school was a transition between private schooling and Brooklyn Tech where he is going to in the 9th grade. Excellent school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of a current 7th grader and I have nothing but good things to say about my childs education at Cavallaro so far. I must admit that when my child started to attend the school I was a bit scared because I heard not so good things about the school but I must say that everyone was wrong. Now that I think about it everyone who told me not so good things about the school never attended visited or had a kid attend this school (including the parent coordinator of my childs' elementary school). My child has excelled at this school and is at the top of her / his class and can you believe she / hewill be taking the 9th grade science regents in 7th grade? one of the percs of attending this school. Smart boards in every classroom. I am glad my child attends Cavallaro.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school it goes with all kids needs and enjoy their wonderful yet educational school. They have great policy. Their the caring school. All For One And One For All. that is what Cavallaro is all about

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated june 08 from this school and I have to admit I didn't like it at first but the 8th grade was the most memoriable year I've ever had. The teachers are great in this school and they care about your education. I'm in high school now and I really miss this school a lot. The students all get their own Tablet laptop and it's really fun. If you can let your son or daughter go to this school. You won't regret it ;)

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently the PTA president. I also am part of the SLT( school leadership team) and have much knoledge about what the shool is dong in terms of building teachers activities and afterschool tuoring etc.etc. I have to say this school not perfect but it is very well suited for my child. I would recommend it. I have planns to register my daughter in two years to ths same school. At the current time I have no major complains. Visit our the school and deicde for yourself f the school meets most if not all of your requirements and expectations. Hope this rating will prompt you to visit te school meet with the principal. Parent of a child in the top 2 percent Gold Honor roll with 4/4 state test score academy program and accepted to specliazed H.S. entrance testing Styvesant H.S. Bklyn Tech H.S.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just graduated from Cav in 2007 and i have to say that this is by far the best school that a kid can go to. The teachers are great sometimes they annoyed us and gave tons of homework but they actually cared. You could really trust these teachers and they really would go out of their way to help you out. Alsothe school is technologically rather advanced there are SmartBoards everywhere that we are allowed to use and i think that all the students now have personal tablets that they carry in school during the day. You don't really realize how great of a school it is until you leave it. Me I'm in brooklyn tech now and i desperately miss Cav. The teachers were awesome they made learning fun unlike tech where everything is soo dull now..... CLASS OF 007..ROCK ON!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Cav is a great school I'm a graduate from Class of '07. We had so much fun in that school. I'm not going to say all the teachers are great but 90% of them are. The students are pretty nice. Cav is a school you can really be safe in. Class of 07!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the best school in all of Brooklyn! You can't go wrong here. Trust me all you have to do is visit the school for your self and interview the students and staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this school is wonderful and helps children to grow up well rounded.

  • (7 years ago)

    So far so good its been only few weeks. A lot of home work is good. Teachers are seem to be very involved and concern about their students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cavallaro is a very good school. This school really prepared me for high school. The teachers there had taught me so much. Plus everyday when I come to school I feel safe. I really miss this school. The teachers and assistant principals look out for you and its really fun at Cavallaro. If only my high school was like Cavallaro.

  • (7 years ago)

    it's a good school and i think most students can pass from help the teachers will give students.

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