DOE Identifies Struggling Schools for 'Conversations,' Not Closures

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Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts was identified Thursday as one of 71 schools in need of an improvement plan.

The Department of Education said on Thursday it has begun "school quality conversations" with 71 low-performing schools, with the goal of helping them create action plans for improvement.

The annual process, once called "early engagement," usually led to a list of schools proposed for closure. But, with a little more than a month left of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, education officials said they would not be closing any schools this year.

Still, the progress reports, released Wednesday for the 2012-2013 school year, will help schools improve, according to Saskia Levy Thompson, Deputy Chancellor of Portfolio Planning.

"Our goal in having these conversations is really two-fold," she said. "We want to develop an action plan for this school year that we can implement immediately and we also want to develop a set of longer-term recommendations about what we're going to do to turn this school into a place that meets our standards."

The complete list of schools identified for improvement plans is below. Click the links to see each school's data.

School NameBoroughSchool Type
P.S. 137 John L. Bernstein Manhattan Elementary
Henry Street School for International Studies Manhattan Secondary
Marta Valle High School Manhattan High school
P.S. 198 Isador E. Ida Straus Manhattan Elementary
Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers Manhattan High school
Independence High School Manhattan Transfer HS
P.S. 145, The Bloomingdale School Manhattan Elementary
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts Manhattan Secondary
Coalition School for Social Change Manhattan High school
Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science Manhattan Middle
P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson Manhattan K-8
P.S. 194 Countee Cullen Manhattan Elementary
P.S. 200- The James Mccune Smith School Manhattan Elementary
Academy for Social Action: A College Board School Manhattan Secondary
Frederick Douglass Academy Manhattan Secondary
P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte Manhattan Elementary
P.S. 152 Dyckman Valley Manhattan Elementary
High School for Health Careers and Sciences Manhattan High school
J.H.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez De Tio Bronx Middle
Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies Bronx High school
P.S. 146 Edward Collins Bronx Elementary
M.S. 301 Paul L. Dunbar Bronx Middle
Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research Bronx High school
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy, The Bronx High school
Banana Kelly High School Bronx High school
P.S. 070 Max Schoenfeld Bronx Elementary
P.S. 073 Bronx Bronx Elementary
P.S. 126 Dr Marjorie H Dunbar Bronx Elementary
I.S. 313 School of Leadership Development Bronx Middle
New Millennium Business Academy Middle School Bronx Middle
Bronx High School of Business Bronx High school
Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45 Bronx Middle
P.S. 021 Philip H. Sheridan Bronx Elementary
P.S. 112 Bronxwood Bronx Elementary
School of Diplomacy Bronx Middle
P.S. 092 Bronx Bronx Elementary
P.S. 195 Bronx Elementary
P.S. 212 Bronx K-8
Peace and Diversity Academy Bronx High school
Bronx Regional High School Bronx Transfer HS
P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey Brooklyn Elementary
M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center Brooklyn Middle
P.S. 305 Dr. Peter Ray Brooklyn Elementary
Foundations Academy Brooklyn High school
School for Legal Studies Brooklyn High school
Automotive High School Brooklyn High school
P.S. 309 The George E. Wibecan Preparatory Academy Brooklyn Elementary
Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn High school
W.E.B. Dubois Academic High School Brooklyn Transfer HS
The High School for Global Citizenship Brooklyn High school
School for Democracy and Leadership Brooklyn Secondary
P.S. 114 Ryder Elementary Brooklyn Elementary
Olympus Academy Brooklyn Transfer HS
P.S. 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns Brooklyn K-8
P.S. 306 Ethan Allen Brooklyn K-8
Multicultural High School Brooklyn High school
I. S. 381 Brooklyn Middle
P.S. 165 Ida Posner Brooklyn K-8
P.S. 327 Dr. Rose B. English Brooklyn K-8
Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School Brooklyn Secondary
Mott Hall IV Brooklyn Middle
Pan American International High School Queens High school
J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom Queens Middle
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School Queens High school
Richmond Hill High School Queens High school
John Adams High School Queens High school
PS/MS 147 Ronald McNair Queens K-8
Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School Queens Secondary
I.S. 347 School of Humanities Brooklyn Middle
P.S. 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier Brooklyn K-8
Bushwick Community High School Brooklyn Transfer HS