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At Stephen Decatur Middle School 35, we believe that across all disciplines that  ALL students:
  • Will engage with content rich texts through reading, writing and discussion.
  • Will participate in classroom activities that challenge their critical thinking and develop a deeper understanding of all contents.
  • Will be empowered to demonstrate their thinking through a variety of student centered and/ or student led tasks.
  • Will be immersed in an academically rigorous environment that fosters productive struggle to become literacy proficient in the 21st century.



Welcome to the Stephen Decatur Middle School 35 “The Miracle on MacDonough” webpage. My name is Jacklyn Charles-Marcus and I am the proud principal of our school community. Our school community is driven by the opportunity to provide quality instruction to our students on a daily basis. We take pride in ensuring that there are clear and high expectations for all students on a daily basis. High expectations are displayed through a variety of standards-based instructional delivery approaches by committed educators. Educators across all grade levels and content areas empower students to thrive towards mastery across all academic courses including physical education, visual arts, foreign language, dance and dramatic presentations. While preparing our students for the 21st century, we integrate the social emotional needs of our students through 6th grade Freshman Academy, 7th grade Restorative Circles and 8th grade Civics and Community Service Projects. By the end of 8th grade, students will have the opportunity to take three High School regents; Algebra, Living Environment and US History and Government. Our school is located in the historical section of Brooklyn, New York known as Stuyvesant Heights. Community partners engage with our students through class presentation, field excursions and in-class residencies. Our caregivers are partners in their child’s educational journey and we value our ability to communicate with each and every one of our families. The home-to-school connection is a critical component to this communication. Thus, within these webpages, you will find important information about our school. We will work diligently to make sure the pages are updated regularly.


Latest News



Friday, February 10th, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

arts in learning presentation




BLM Artwork by Naomi Sergeant

Magnet Grant Announcement 

On Friday, October 7th, 2022, the New York City Department of Education announced the recipients of The United States Department of Education 2022- 2027 Magnet School Assistance Program Grant.  This year, The United States Department of Education awarded 3 grants to the New York City Department of Education. 

Stephen Decatur Middle School 35 is proud to announce that we are one of the recipients of this grant.  We look forward to sharing more in the weeks to come.  Click here to find out more about the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program.


Three Brooklyn Districts receive magnet grant