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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
I.S. 281 - Joseph B. Cavallaro is an above average, public school located in Brooklyn, NY. It has 1,152 students in grades 5-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.
About I.S. 281 - Joseph B. Cavallaro...
Address
8787 24th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Telephone
(718) 996-6706

I.S. 281 - Joseph B. Cavallaro Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,640
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,262
National
$949
Median Home Value
$590,500
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,152
Free or Reduced Lunch
80%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,654
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%
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While the school does have a new cafeteria, in my eyes, that might be the only good thing about it.
The school isn't very inclusive. All they do is send out notices, use an app to send text messages to parents and students, and make phone calls home about reminders or behavior.
They also promised air conditioning in more rooms, but there is hardly any change in that situation.
The school does sport an honors program, but accept students with bad behavior in (even if they have good grades), and boot the good students, with good grades and good conduct. It's very unfair to those who want to work hard. The honors program, in my opinion, should be based on how hard a student wants to work. If they want to work hard, even if their grades are average, then they should be given a chance to be in the honors program and see if they show some improvement. Grades aren't everything - conduct should also count.
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Cavallaro is a great school that offers students with academically/honors students to have the opportunity to take high-school level courses and the regents exam to enhance their knowledge. Although I think it would be better if the school had air conditioners to help the students to be in a comfortable environment in the spring instead of being extremely sweaty and relying on a fan to keep a classroom cool.
It was a decent middle school experience. My favorite class was my media talent class. There I learned how to edit photos and edit videos. I was part of the team that put the video yearbook together. The teachers are good. My 8th grade english teacher helped me study for the state test.