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City Unveils List of 20 Middle Schools Set to Get Longer Days

By Jess Wisloski | June 10, 2013 5:27pm
 Sixth graders at 20 public schools will participate in a pilot program extending the school day by 150 minutes in hopes of boosting reading skills.
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NEW YORK — The city released a list Monday of the 20 public schools that will participate in a pilot program extending the school day by 150 minutes — selecting six middle schools in Brooklyn, six schools in the Bronx, three in Manhattan and five in Queens.

Students at the selected public schools will be part of a sixth-grade literacy program that hopes to bring lagging students' reading up to grade level.

The schools in Manhattan that will be extended include:

► JHS 143 Eleanor Roosevelt, 511 W. 182nd St. in Washington Heights

►The Renaissance School of the Arts, 219 East 117th Street in East Harlem

►Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning & Social Change, 200  W.135 Street. in Central Harlem

In Brooklyn, the schools will include:

►Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, 215 Heyward St. in Williamsburg

►East Flatbush Community Research School, 905 Winthrop St.

►IS 30 Mary White Ovington, 415 Ovington Ave. in Bay Ridge

►IS 340, 227 Sterling Pl. in Prospect Heights

►Andries Hudde Junior High School, 2500 Nostrand Ave. in Midwood

►PS 109, 1001 E. 45th St. in East Flatbush


In the Bronx, the following schools will participate:

►MS 223 Middle School of Science and Technology, 360 E.145th in Mott Haven

►Eagle Academy for Young Men, 215 Heyward St. in Tremont

►The Highbridge Green School, a new school at 200 W. 167th St. in High Bridge

►The South Bronx Academy for Applied Media, 778 Forest Ave. in Melrose

►Frederick Douglass Academy V. Middle School, 2111 Crotona Ave. in Belmont

►JHS 123 James M. Kieran, 1025 Morrison Ave. in Soundview


Queens schools signed on include:

►Waterside School for Leadership, 190 Beach 110th St. in Rockaway Park

►PS/IS 116 William C. Hughley, 107-25 Wren Pl. in Jamaica

►Queens United Middle School, 173-53 Croydon Rd., in Jamaica Estates

►PS 43, 160 Beach 29th St. in Far Rockaway

►Village Academy, 1045 Nameoke St. in Far Rockaway

The longer school day is part of the larger expansion of the Middle School Quality Initiative, a city program introduced in 2011 to improve literacy instruction in grades six through eight. The schools participating in the additional 12 hours a week will incorporate extra Language Arts-focused tutoring and offer an "engaging high-interest extended learning day," the DOE stated.

"Students who attend schools" in the citywide initiative "are on track to exceed the average annual growth of middle school students nationwide," according to a release by the Department of Education. "Evidence shows that students who severely struggled with reading demonstrated 1.5 grade levels of progress between February and June of 2012."