M.S. 129Academy for Independent Learning & Leadership

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Middle School 129 consists of grades 6, 7 and 8.  Our school offers one hour sessions of literacy and mathematics instruction, in addition to social studies and science.  M.S. 129 also offers instruction in visual arts, music, health, technology, physical education, and home & career skills. 

 

Honors classes are considered more advanced and reserved for students who wish to challenge themselves to excel to a higher academic level.  There are two honors classes on each grade level.  All students are eligible to apply to be placed in one of the honors classes.  Selection is based on written application, test scores, and interview with the school principal.  Students who meet requirements for an honors class will begin high school preparation in advance, such as participation in the New York State Regents Examinations in Algebra I and the Living Environment in grade 8.  

 

Various programs are available for students with special needs including: self-contained special education classes, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes, special education teacher support services (SETSS), counseling services, speech services, and mainstreaming in literacy and mathematics. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and hearing and vision services can also be made available on an as-needed basis. Door-to-door special education transportation is also available.  

 

The "ELL School" is comprised of two ENL (English as a New Language) classes and  ENL push-in or pull-out services are available.  M.S. 129 uses the “Rosetta Stone” program to assist these students in English language development and “Achieve 3000” to track progress of their reading levels.   

 

M.S. 129 is rich in technology and technology-based instruction. The school provides students with a laptop to use in their classroom and students receive instruction in a state-of-the-art computer lab. Teachers are able to infuse technology into their core curriculum. Each classroom has a SMART-board (interactive white-board) for effective delivery of a lesson by the teacher.