History of IS 187 Edit

Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School 187 is a public school located in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York. This school was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, who was an astronaut and a teacher. Before, the building used to be elementary school P.S. 187, then the Bay Ridge High School Annex, and later a District 20 NYC Department of Education office. McAuliffe taught her students that if they don't go after their dreams, they will not come knocking on the door. Her motto was "I touch the future, I teach." In many ways, she is a role model and a hero.

Christa McAuliffe was part of the 7-person crew on board the Challenger in 1976, where she planned on teaching 2 lessons from space. Sadly, the engines of the shuttle failed within seconds of the launch, even though it was well-tested, and the shuttle exploded right in front of the eyes of thousands watching the takeoff.

About 1,050 students attend IS 187. The principal of the school as of 2007 is Mr. Justin Berman. In 2007, the former and founding principal of IS 187, Mr. John Quincy Adams passed away.

The school is divided into three academies and each academy has a theme. The academies are as following: The Academy for Scientific Research, The Academy for Business and Law and the Academy for Arts & Humanities. Almost every classroom has an air conditioner and Smartboard. There are also several laptop carts on each floor.

The school website is It has daily updates, information on each academy, requirements of attaining honor rolls and admission into the honor society, as well as upcoming events.

The Academy for Scientific Research Edit

Mrs. Rosemarie McGarr is the Assistant Principal and in charge of the Academy for Scientific Research. The teachers here at Christa McAuliffe make learning fun for our students, and do a great job at teaching. All the teachers are very serious about our work and they are all very dedicated to helping us succeed. They never give us too much work or homework. They give us fun projects and take us on wonderful trips. We think that without these teachers, we would all be not who we are now! The Academy of Scientific Research also gets to learn about Sports Medicine.

The Academy for Business and Law Edit

Ms. Wilhelmina Sadiki is the Assistant Principal in charge of the Business and Law Academy. The students in this Academy focus mainly on International Banking, Social Studies, and Law. Sixth graders focus on world history and learning how banks and businesses work, some classes even learning of the stock market. Seventh graders focus mainly on early American History and laws that developed in the early 1980s. The Business and Law special classes are Law, Debate, International Banking, Stock Market, Home and Career Skills, and Green Business.The seventh and eighth graders also receive experience about the stock market by participating in the Stock Market Game, an accurate simulation of our economy and students can try to invest in companies and see the outcome.

The Academy for Arts and Humanities Edit

The Academy for Arts and Humanities is housed on the fifth floor of the building. The students in the Academy for Arts & Humanities study all of the major areas of the curriculum with a focus on writing, art, history, but touching upon the study of humanities more. Students in this academy participate in many forms of art, such as linoleum printing, intaglio printing, pressing, painting, and many more. Mrs. Lisa Forsyth is the head of the academy. This year, 2018, the academy is going to the Philadelphia overnight trip.

Afterschool Edit

Christa McAuliffe also provides afterschool activities and organizations such as Kiwanis and Drama Club. One important program is test prep. The teachers at IS 187 know how important going to a good high school is to us, so they made this program to help us prepare for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). There are also fundraisers that help the school raise money to buy new books, computers and a lot of other things. Some fundraisers include the Bake Sale and Candy Sale. The PTA works very hard to make sure our time in Christa McAuliffe is memorable, and we are very grateful for that. At these afterschool programs children would be learning how to make jewelry, learn to play softball, scrabble, robotics, chess, knitting and even learn CPR!

Band Classes Edit

There are three band classes in each academy. The academies of Business and Law and Arts and Humanities also have three chorus classes. Mr. David Strauss is the band teacher and Mrs. Nicole Varugheese is the chorus instructor. The school provides the instruments for the students. Most of the band's songs are Rock and Reggae. They have performed songs like "Grenade", by Bruno Mars and "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. Their performances are spectacular!

Trips Edit

At Christa McAuliffe, we go on spectacular trips. Each academy chooses a different place to go for their overnight trip each year. In the Academy for Arts & Humanities, we are going on an overnight trip to Philadelphia. In the Academy of Scientific Research, we are going on a trip to Disney. In the Academy of Business and Law, we are going on an overnight trip to Boston. Students in all academies get to go on class trips, as well as an academy trip. Most of our trips are overnight trips such as going to Paris, Rome, China, Venice, Australia, and many other places. In the Academy of Arts and Humanities, most kids have already had 5-6 trips but this always depends on behavior. Sometimes classes can change in behavior and be banned from some trips until they act better.

Chorus Edit

Ms. Nicole Varugheese is in charge of this program, she is an amazing teacher. Although an audition is required to be put into the chorus class, most are accepted. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade of all academies (except the Academy of Scientific Research) have separate performances for the winter and the spring. She teaches students who don't believe in themselves, she doesn't care about what we sound like, she cares about if we put effort into what we're learning. The chorus cannot be overlooked. Mrs. Varugheese works diligently to ensure her students are well-educated about the background of the music and how its surrounding influences impacted the music itself.