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9 Bed-Stuy Schools Among Best For Grades K-8: U.S. News

Patch logo Patch 10/12/2021 Gabby DeBenedictis
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BED-STUY, BROOKLYN — Several elementary and middle schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant have been ranked among the best in New York, according to a brand-new ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

For the inaugural list, U.S. News published rankings and data on more than 80,000 public elementary and middle schools across the United States.

Schools are ranked at the state and district levels. The best charter schools and best magnet schools ranked as stand-alone categories.

U.S. News ranked MS 267 Math Science & Technology as the highest in the state among schools in Bed-Stuy, according to the new list. The school was ranked No. 394.

Other schools in Bed-Stuy were ranked in a tie on the list. Here's a look at how they compared with others in the state:

No. 560: Stephen Decatur Middle School 35

No. 914-1219 (tie): P.S./I.S. 157 The Benjamin Franklin Health & Science Academy

No. 914-1219 (tie): P.S./I.S. 308 The Clara Cardwell School

No. 914-1219 (tie): Whitelaw Reid Academy of Arts and Business

No. 914-1219 (tie): Madiba Prep Middle School

No. 914-1219 (tie): The Brooklyn Green School

No. 914-1219 (tie): P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell

No. 914-1219 (tie): Satellite East Middle School

To determine the rankings, U.S. News used data from the U.S. Department of Education to analyze two areas at each school:

  • Math and reading proficiency — or how well students perform on state assessments.
  • Math and reading performance — or how well they perform compared with expectations.

The state assessment data used in the rankings is from the 2018-19 school year and, therefore, predates any effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on test-taking.

Schools were also ranked by district. Here’s how elementary and middle schools in the New York Public School system measured up:

1. PS 122 Mamie Fay

2. IS 187 Christa Mcauliffe School

3. Baccalaureate School for Global Education

4. East Side Middle School

5. New Explorations Into Sciencetech and Math High School

Nationally, California has 5,534 ranked elementary schools — the most of any state — followed by Texas at 4,446; New York at 2,211; Florida at 2,128; and Illinois at 2,038 schools.

California also has the most ranked middle schools with 2,319, followed by Texas at 1,942; Illinois at 1,243; New York at 1,219; and Florida at 997.

See the complete list of 2021’s Best K-8 Schools.

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