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Ms 51 William Alexander

Public | 6-8 | 1074 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 1, 2014

I am currently an 8th grader at this school and its absolutely amazing! MS51 has a good talent program and pushes student to work hard and never give up. If you have a question teachers are always willing to answer and you can come in for zero period or come after school. Everyone is nice to each other and students are in a very safe environment. So if your in 5th grade coming to 6th you should really check this school out!


Posted March 1, 2014

I am a sixth grader at 51, and so far I have been having an amazing time. MOST of the teachers are really friendly and supportive, and the teachers have pushed me to be on the first honor roll. If you are looking for a school that is gifted and talented, and is supportive, then I recommend this school to you.


Posted September 27, 2013

My son is a student at MS51 and he has really thrived academically and also in his talent Chorus. It has been wonderful to see the Choral performances twice a year. One negative is that the school is very large and crowded. The teachers and kids seem to manage well but on Open School Night if your kid is doing well "above 85 on report card" you are discouraged from attending and taking up valuable teacher time. Teachers do respond to emails. The teachers are also available most mornings at 0 period to answer students questions and give help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

I am a graduate from PS 321 who is now finishing 6th grade honor roll in MS 51. I love that we get to go out for lunch because I have since the 4th Grade. Not many if none of the elementary and middle schools let students out for lunch. In MS 51 the students and teachers are very friendly and helpful. It is a safe and homely enviroment. If you are looking for a great school which is gifted and talented as well than this is the school for you.


Posted May 26, 2013

My name is Kawshik I am in 5th grade I've got into MS51 before I even went I have some things it is a very hard school to get into well in my opnion kids should attend MS51 instead of Mark Twain.I say MS51 is the best school in it's area.


Posted May 14, 2013

This school is amazing! I am more than halfway done with my 6th grade year and it has been FABULOUS. The teaching staff pushes you but makes you have fun too. I HIGHLY recommend it to 5th graders looking at schools.


Posted January 24, 2013

I am a 6th grader at MS 51. This school is soooo amazing. the audiotorium is small but very decorated. the talent program is awsum. i am in vocal and my teacher is very supportive. i love ela. our ela teacher is the best. she is always there for me and she is super nice.


Posted January 10, 2013

one of the best school in the city ilike it because the teachers are really friendly


Posted March 4, 2012

I have just graduated from this school and I can say that my experience here was pleasing, at most. I am not from Park Slope and a majority of the kids who attend are. Many people were quick to judge and I did not feel welcome. Although despite all the social troubles I had I can definitely say there is a great photography program with the relatively new teacher Ms. Sunners. As well as the photography program the math department has a great teacher, Mr. Arroyo. I`ve had him for seventh and Eighth grade and he teaches wonderfully. His work was always challenging and proved to teach me many new things that are useful for highschool! I hope the very best for anyone who goes here and that their experience will be more enjoyable than mine was.


Posted January 11, 2012

Going to this school is probably one of the best decisions that I've made in my life. A teacher of mine back in elementary school recommended this school to me and I couldn't regret putting this school on my application. The teachers and the staffs are all very helpful. The guidance counselor there is very helpful and is glad to help out students. Also the principal and the assistant principals there are all very nice and look after their students. Getting there is fairly easy. There is a B63 stop right on 5th Avenue 5th Street, next to the school, and another at 5th Avenue 4th Street. Also, there is a R subway station at 4th Avenue 9th Street. Another great thing about this school is that the lunch period takes place outside(there is still a cafeteria provided) and there is a park next to the school and a field where students will be able to eat their lunch.


Posted January 7, 2012

My son is halfway through his sixth grade year and is very, very happy. He loves his peers, the time outside before, during (lunch) and after school, and enjoys all his classes. The instrumental band (trumpet) is excellent, and an incredible deal given how much instruction they get each week. We are lucky because we live close to the school, so the commute is simple.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Some of my fondest memories came out of this school. When I had attended MS 51 the school was slowly going through a transformation from a neighborhood school to that of a specialized format. The student body was changing, and the program was becoming more "gifted." I take with me a great deal of experiences and memories due to the various classes I had taken. Very special kudos to the teaching staff, and the academics they promote. If it weren't for MS 51 I do not know where I would be today, as it was an important springboard for the rest of my academic career!


Posted May 13, 2011

I am planning on going here and I really want some advice from anyone who goes there!! :D and I have a few questions: Do they have lockers? Do they have a Cheer leading team? Are the people nice? Would you recommend it? Please somebody answer!!


Posted May 1, 2011

I am currently in the eighth grade and arrived in the school during the seventh. It was pretty easy to fit in amongst everyone since everyone was friendly. But- there's always a but to good things. The girls can be extremely mean and snobby. They can judge you in an instant depending on how you look, or what you wear. Besides that, the school's been fun, and I will miss it after I move out of state :(


Posted October 20, 2010

i nedd information about district i have a chil in district 13 i want muy daughter go this school.


Posted July 13, 2010

This school has high academic standards as well as a great arts program. It is culturally diverse and in a wonderful neighborhood. MS 51 has done a fantastic job meeting the needs of their students. My son is finally being challenged while having fun. His teachers are great. There is no downside to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I love the school soooo much. Its like my own home. The interview people choose the kids that are really sweet and just wont cause anny trouble. itss like everyone is yur bro and sis. AWSUM. <3 da skewl.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2009

I am a 6th grader that goes to the school. I love the school more then i love my heart. The staff i like family to me. The academics in the school is excellent. The teachers never give up on u.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

im am curretly atteding this school i love it soo much im in the 7th grade we get to go out for lucnh to show our responsability and how macure we can be i luv this schol ad my friends it it the talent program is utstandung espically dance i love our teacher i love the teacher at this school they make learning fun and not that it isnt but its a charm they have they are always open to helping a child i need.they want yo to take thier advie and help.they make sure every kid suceeds and that they understand the lesson well theres no room for slacking!!love it :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

Being at MS51 was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was in this school for all 3 years, and I was in the chorus program, and a part of the Middle School 51 show choir, which was a second family for me for those years. Our performances were of excellent quality, and it was such a wonderful experience to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I will carry that on with me for the rest of my life. I had first rate teachers in each grade, and I try to go back and visit the school, so I can say hi to all of them. Many people consider junior high to be a nasty time in their lives, and I am so glad I went to 51, so that my middle school time was not like that. It was so wonderful. Thank you 51!
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

357 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

358 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the middle school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 41% 48%
Hispanic 2 28% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 16% 9%
Black 1 14% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 137%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 49%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 1633 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents54353%
Students102997%
Teachers6198%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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350 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 369-7603

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