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Berta A Dreyfus Intermediate School 49

Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49

I.S.49 logo

101 Warren St. (Staten Island) New York City, New York, United States
Type Public
Motto "We Learn, Grow and Succeed Together"
Established 1963
Principal Linda Hill
Grades 6,7,8
Number of students 1,095
Mascot 49er Miner
Colors Gold and Purple

Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49 ("I.S.49" for short) is a middle school in Stapleton, Staten Island, in New York City, New York, United States.[1] It was previously known as "Junior High School 49."

The school is a part of the New York City Department of Education

As of 2000, it has offered a magnet program, a special program for gifted students. I.S.49's school day starts strictly at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. The extended day ends at 2:22½ p.m. The school starts out with an AM homeroom then eight periods which are each 41 minutes long. Students not mandated to stay for the extended session leave at 1:45 p.m. Students mandated to stay leave at 2:22½ p.m. Monday to Thursday.

In 2011 the school encountered controversy in the national and local media over the lack of discipline in its student body.[2]


On October 3, 2007, in a mathematics class, some rough horseplay caused damage to the spleen of an eighth grade male student from South Beach, Staten Island, who had to undergo surgery to have the spleen removed. One female student who threw a book during the encounter, but missed was charged for felony assault and menacing. The family of the boy declined to press criminal charges. The student's family instead sued the New York City Department of Education and other entities for civil damages. In 2012 the suit was settled for $250,000.[3]


The school operates under an academy system put into effect at the beginning of the 2004–2005 school year. There are currently three academies: Science & Technology, Journalism, and Environmental Studies. Each academy has its own assistant principal and dean. Each academy has students from each grade. Each academy also has its own set of classrooms and homerooms. But a class from one academy can go to another academy's classroom since the academies aren't partitioned off. The academy system was implemented in the 2004–2005 school year. It was created to help the school's staff lower their burden. It wasn't made to separate the school community but to create organization. In the 2004–2005 school year there were four academies. They were Global Studies, Journalism, Law & Government and Arts & Humanities. Global Studies is now Science & Technology. The Arts & Humanities academy was discontinued at the beginning of the 2005–2006 school year due to administrative problems. For the 2006–2007 year the academies have changed names except for Science and Technology. Journalism is now Journalism and Media. Law and Government is now Environmental Studies. Each academy was originally housed separately on their perspective floors, e.g. Science and Technology on the first floor. This can be viewed on each floor, as there is a banner along with the academy color on each floor. The Assistant Principals are Ms. Anne Martino, Ms. Mala Ruzi and Ms. Denise Diacamanolis (otherwise known as Ms. D to the students.) Ms. Anne Martino is the head of the Science and Technology Academy, Ms. Mala Ruzi is the head of the Environmental Studies Academy and Ms. Denise Diacamanolis is the head of the Journalism and Media Studies Academy.

Class Number

I.S. 49 has a new method of assigning class numbers. It was first used in the 2005–2006 school year. The first number identifies your grade. The second number identifies your academy. The third number identifies your class rank. Medical Science & Technology's number is 1, Journalism and Media's number is 2 and Environmental Studies' number is 3. For example, if your class is 822, you are in 8th grade Journalism and your class rank is 1st. The lower the last number, the better the class. In some cases the third number may not reflect the class. The number 1 is not used as a third number. So it is substituted with 2.

Before the 2004–2005 school year, the method used to be somewhat different. The first number would tell your grade number. The last two digits would tell your class rank (with an exception of magnet classes). The lower the last two numbers, the better the class. Magnet classes used to be 611, 612, 711, 712, 811 and 812. Magnet classes always have a 0 on the end of the number. For example, Science & Technology magnet classes are 610, 710, and 810; Journalism & Media is 620, 720, and 820; and Environmental Studies are 630,730, and 830.


Every year, eighth grade students, as part of their science classes, participate in a community service cleanup of Buono Beach.[1]

Student discipline

In 2011 Susan Edelman of the New York Post said that Dreyfus was a "fight-plagued" school that was "one of the most dangerous" in New York City.[2] During that period business owners complained to the city, asking it to take action.[2] Edelman said that "Teachers, afraid of retaliation by their supervisors as well as the young ruffians, are voicing desperation in leaked messages to the media."[2] According to Edelman, a staff member who spoke to her said that "The inmates are running the asylum. The students know they can do what they want and get away it. Staff is fearful for their safety."[2]

When two children attacked a classmate, pulled on her headscarf, and asked her if she was a Muslim, the school gained national media attention. Later two of the attackers and five other students attacked a pizza deliveryperson and robbed him of his goods. Edelman concluded that "The mayhem-filled middle school is the perfect example of how violence and disorder can escalate when school leaders lose trust among staff — and shut out the community."[2]

School Building

The building as of 2006 underwent a major renovation. The bricks and mortar around the building were replaced. The school now has 40 new cameras and fire alarm system. All the windows were also replaced. The floors were replaced. A new speaker and clock system was installed. The building needed this renovation as the previous condition wasn't up to date. The whole renovation project was finished in September 2006. It is said that they are now planning to introduce air conditioners to each room. In Spring 2008, four flat-screen TVs were installed into the cafeteria, although they haven't been used since installation. In the beginning of the school year of 2008–2009, the t.vs were used. They also repainted the doors. They have also repainted the girls locker room. The boys locker room has been decreased.

Honors Program

The honors program has two classes per grade. These classes are advanced and for gifted students. You must maintain a good average and other guidelines when in it. The only difference between magnet and honors is that honors doesn't get an extra technology class and that you don't need to take a test to get enrolled. Honors is usually considered an example of a good class. Each honors class has an advanced version of social studies, science, math and language arts. If you maintain your overall performance and keep it in good shape you are most likely to stay in honors for the rest of middle school. You will be with the majority of the same students each year if you stay in honors. Students in regular classes who show great achievement are able to go to honors if there is enough space. Students who don't show good performance and don't belong in honors are put in the class that pertains to them.

Magnet program

The magnet program was established at I.S.49 in September 2000. This program is usually considered a higher level then the honors program and students enrolled in is usually expected to do well. Classes numbers that are Magnet usually ends with zeros. Students are told to maintain at least an 85 percent average in order to stay in magnet. This is the best middle school program on Staten Island. In order to avoid confusion with federally funded magnet schools new to Staten Island, the magnet program at IS 49 is changing its name. Unlike IS 27 and IS 61, IS 49's magnet program is able to screen its incoming students to ensure all students in the program are capable of challenging work and exhibit a passion for technology.

Feeder Patterns

Dreyfus gets the majority of its students from: P.S.13 M.L. Lindenmeyer and P.S.14 Cornelius Vanderbilt. As well as, P.S.16 John J. Driscoll, P.S.35 Clove Valley, P.S.39 Francis J. Murphy Jr, P.S.46 Albert V. Manascaso, P.S. 48 William G. Wilcox, and P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey, which are all zoned to Dreyfus.

Upon graduating, most I.S. 49 students attend either Curtis High School or New Dorp High School which are the zoned high schools for the residences where I.S.49 students live.


External links

New York City portal
Schools portal
  • We Learn and Grow Together, Dreyfus' Official Website
  • , Dreyfus' very own newspaper.

Coordinates: 40°37′14″N 74°04′52″W / 40.62056°N 74.08111°W / 40.62056; -74.08111

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