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350 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 369-7603
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April 01, 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!

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2013
one of the best school in the city ilike it because the teachers are really friendly

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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!!

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 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 :(

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2010
i nedd information about district i have a chil in district 13 i want muy daughter go this school.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

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February 24, 2010
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- submitted by a student
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
no rating 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
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!

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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
I was in this school since the 6th grade. It is a very good school. The teachers teach with passion and make sure each student gets the curriculum. And also the talent programs are fun and exciting, especially drama. I will be very sad to leave this june 2009

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2008
i go to this school as an eigth grader and i absolutley love itt its the best school because it has a great curriculum and alot of freedom but there is no time to slack off ...kids at ms.51 have a great time and are hard worker and the teacher have very high standards but the make u feel very confident.i love this school =]

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September 21, 2008
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March 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
The curriculum and standards for behavior were excellent but the amount of homework assigned was outrageous and did not allow for any downtime whatsoever. The arts programs were wonderful and I would consider this a great school for anyone wishing the best of both academics and art. They don't slack on either. Their Drama program was especially inspiring and I am eternally grateful to Mr Mac for providing my daughter with the tools and confidence to be an accomplished actor. I would recommend this school for it's academic and artistic excellence but only for those students able to work at a fast pace, otherwise it allows no time for a social life or sleep.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2007
i graduated from this school a few years ago and i absolutely looooooove it. I was in the chorus and i stilll go back for the performances as an usher. The friends i made are my friends to this day and the teachers i had were the best of my educational experience.I cherish all the moments i had in that school and would do anything to relive them. The fact that i still visit the school says alot about how it has contributed to my life and how much i appreciate it. There is nothing i would change about 51's!

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 09, 2007
I graduated last year. And I think that the academics are just alright. I really enjoyed the drama program there ad mr.Mceneny is an extremly talented drama teacher. However the social situation in ms 51 was disgusting.

- submitted by a former student
October 15, 2006
My daughter is an enthusiastic 7th grader at MS 51 in Brooklyn. While she enjoyed elementary school, middle school has been fabulous thus far. Getting into the school a few years ago was quite a process because there were so many children applying to it with so few openings. Despite her grades and stellar performance on the standardized tests, I worried that there might not be enough space. Happily, she made it, and also made the chorus and is a member of the show choir (they perform regularly in front of audiences here in New York City and on trips outside.) She has made friends with many wonderful, talented children who challenge themselves academically. Her teachers all seem to enjoy the teaching process. The fact that she was eager to start 7th grade this summer is indication at how great her experience has been thus far.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
the aacademics here is wonderful. It is also one of the best art schools.

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May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
MS 51 is good if your child is independent. The work is overload and the demands for binders, notebooks and books are insane, especially if your child has to travel to the school. My son had an aweful experience there. I was persuaded to enroll my son there because it's a gifted program. Of course, as a parent you're thrilled to know your child made it in a school with this reputation, but in my case it was the worst move yet. He was bullied from the biginning of 6th grade and it destroyed his self esteem to the point of therapy. I tried to work with the school and always blaming my son for not working hard enough. He has the capability to excel, but his self esteem was too bruised to shine academically. The decision was made to transfer him to his zone school and WOW! what a change.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
M.S. 51 is a great school. My son is in the eighth grade and he has had a good experience. The academics are good, there are many art classes offered as part of the curriculum and there is wonderful parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
Perhaps the best thing about MS 51 is the talent program -- drama, chorus, art, photography, & dance -- that the students choose in 6th grade, and participate in for all 3 years. Students make friends within their talent area, & in their homeroom classes. By 8th grade, students have a wide range of friends and considerable skill in their talent areas. Overall, teachers are caring and responsible -- although it would be remiss to say that they were all stellar. My daughter had 3 brilliant English teachers who were exemplary in their dedication and abilities. Overall, the school is safe, as is the neighborhood. Kudos especially to Ms. Gail Rosenberg, assistant principal, an articulate, intelligent advocate for our students and for the arts.

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August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2004
This is a really good school. I went to this school and would send my child. This school saved my life. The teachers care and the enviroment is safe for kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
I'm an 8th grader here, and I have to say, there must be better schools than this. The math curriculum is in desperate need of improvement. If a 5th grader's parent wants to prepare their kid for a specialized high school, s/he's going to need a math tutor or not come here. Also, the kids who are quiet and easily intimidated or shy should not come here. Anyone can be victimized. There's bullying here. Also, the lessons require a lot of studying on your own in history and math because the 10 minute mini-lessons don't help at all. My other teachers have been great, though. They're very nice to me and are kind of like second mothers.

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February 14, 2004
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Ms 51 William Alexander
350 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11215
(718) 369-7603
Last modified Ms 51 William Alexander is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ms 51 William Alexander Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top