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6-8
Public
Staten Island, NY
Students enrolled: 900

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20 Houston Street
Staten Island, NY 10302

(718) 981-0502
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September 09, 2014
I am so glad I decided to send my children to IS51. My oldest daughter begged me to take her to the open house 3 years ago and I was so impressed! Mr Mele has turned this school around. My daughter is now an 8th grader there and my youngest just entered 6th grade. The staff is fantastic. The assistant principals go above and beyond to know every student in their academy. I encourage all parents of incoming 6th graders to give this school a try! Dont go by a number..... It should be rated much higher than a four!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I love the staff at IS 51. Everyone including school safety, parent coordinator, School Assessment Team, principal, deans, teachers, paras, and PTA is always available, and willing to do their part in helping the students and school succeed. My son is very excited about the work he does in digital art. They have great academies that hold student interests and expectations of attendance and academics is a top priority. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
so glad to see this school was brought up to a "B" on the nyc progress reports..I've never seen a more dedicated principal and staff, offering a multitude of programs for these children! I'm so glad I decided to send my child here..she loves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Mr.Mele is involved in basically every aspect of the school. He is passionate about preparing the children for high school as evidenced by the change in academies and the addition of enrichment classes. The teachers are motivating and knowledgeable. My husband and I are confident that we have chosen the right middle school for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
love school time ever school is amzing such as all the teacher like 6 grade art teacher and science teacher erin olsen

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2013
I am willing to send my children to this zoned school. I heard and saw Mr Mele ( very approachable and motivated to have a great school) and admin deals well keeping the school safe. The admin is direct unlike typical admins from other schools. He brought in excellent academies, enrichment and programs. Due to this I am willing to send my honors children here. I hope with the new zoning the kids who are not zoned for this school that live in the projects or that side of the harbor and port Richmond should not get in this school. The students who like to come in late and make trouble home addresses should be verified and turned away have police check the residency if they are trying to get into a school they dont belong in, make this school more academic and more safe. Can have admin teachthe D students who misbehave in a inhouse classroom or recommend online academics for the students who only want to raise hell and not study. I hope if they deserve to be suspended and break regulations they are and thrown out not kept around thats key There are more good studentsand family who go here to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
I am updating another comment on this shool. My son is safe in this school. The park is excellent too. It is safe alng with the school it self. Some people beg to differ. They say "what about the mexicans? What could happen to our children?" Mr. Mele is handeling it. And, there after schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
This school is certainly is a tough one to bare, the students are mostly made up of no more than lowlife D average students who always focus on their "swag" rather than academics, they can often be distracting and trouble making. Teachers affect the school too, but in mostly good ways, after the evil DOE giving out the newly introduced Common Core State tests, they started to really work hard to get me into highschool, (I'm currently an 8th grader)the only problem with the teachers is that other students can often give a bad impression and the teachers might treat you like those bad impressions, but with hard work, and attention, you can accomplish pre-graduation. The way they teach, however, should be more.....strict..... they barely give us homework, which can affect our memories and practice skills, I got about 1 or 2 homeworks a day, or no homework assignments at all. They don't try hard enough when not in the vicinity of the "big test", mostly because of the often dissapointing students reflecting an impression (keep in mind even with many test fails, missing work, absense, etc. they still managed to pass, what?!). The Schedules need work, as well, but I don't have space left.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
I have worked at this school for 12 years. Mr. Mele has truly turned this school around. I hope anyone who is zoned for this school will come to one of the many walk throughs to see all the changes. We are all working very hard to ensure that every child (general ed, special ed, ICT, SETSS, etc.) receives the best educational experience!!!

- submitted by a teacher
October 09, 2012
I am a student at I.S.51 and the new principal is really making a difference. I've been here for three years and the first year was not good. The principal was not involved at all. When she was going to retire it didn't make a difference. The new principal is very involved and their are just about no fights anymore. I do recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2012
This is a fantastic school that has definitely turned itself around in the past year or so since the new principle started. The school is very diverse and is one of the few schools that clearly supports the arts. There are so many things that my son is learning and I am very happy to send my son here.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
great school with great teachers and great disiple .i could not ask for a better school to let my children go to .

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
I just transferred my daughter out of this school. Fighting, bullying, and threats seems to be the focus of the day. Staff does little or nothing to control this. I feel bad for the kids who are there to learn. High grades are given out with no effort at all. Just remember, the state tests prove what they have learned. Don;t make the same mistake I did. This school is more like a Zoo.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
One of the most horrible schools on staten island. Principal has her head in the clouds and no clue teachers lie and to get in touch with someone nearly impossible and there is consatnt fighting of the children not control in this school at all

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Well, let me be the first to vote!!!! IS 51 has a diverse population with strong leadership. The PTA leaders are extremely willing to help in anyway possible, for the benefit of the school and it's students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
this is a school that has a lot of bullies so please do not put your child in this school please!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
this is the worst school ever I'm in my 3rd year at 51 and every year got worse and worse bullying is a huge problem unless your friends with popular kids the teachers don't do anything when the class is acting up they just keep going on and on on how their going to fail the kids bu some of the worst kids in my class are passing with 90's and they don't do anything but text on their phones and talk

- submitted by a student
no rating April 23, 2010
The staff and administration try so hard to reach each child and give them not just what they need educationally but emotionally and psychologically as well. Many children at this school carry a lot of emotional baggage but at this school they can feel safe & cared for.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
This is such a horrible school. The teachers could care less about what goes on. I'm in my second year in this school and it's getting worse. I'm honestly glad my parents agreed on transferring me to a better school. If you have a choice between two schools, I strongly suggest you pick the other school. There is only a handful of good teachers here. I don't even think the principal is qualified, to be honest. In my opinion she does a terrible job of managing the school.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2010
too much fights and less education

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2009
the school is great every teacher is nice and they try to give you the highest grade that you earned and bullying is not a big problem just be nice and dont pick on people

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
Its a great school with good math techers and it may need a lil hellp with bullying

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September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 20, 2009
this scholl is relly fun they care about u and u make friends very eaisly ALL the teachers do their job great and they are very nice !!!!

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April 05, 2009
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March 24, 2009
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February 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2008
I am a honor student and I love I.S.51. A few years ago it wasnt the greatest place to be. It has gone through alot of changes since then. Alot of the teachers are relatable and easy to talk to. The school doesnt have a great reputation though, (for reasons i do not understand). The school is divided into 3 acadamys and i can honestly say i know almost everyone in my acadamy. I.S.51 is an amazing school and i wouldnt go anywhere eles if i had the choice

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September 20, 2008
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September 10, 2008
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July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 28, 2008
Worse of the worse. My child went there. Terrible leadership, terrible teachers(just a few good ones). Principal has to go along with some asst principals. Always the parents that care get called, never the parents that dont care. If your child is a good kid, child will always be in trouble and parents called. If ur child is bad or disrespectful, parent will not be called

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
This is the best school ever. The teachers are very caring. My gym teacher is great!she always helps us and we play fun games. We are very active in gym. Just what I love. Everyone participates because everyone loves mrs. Morales.She truly cares about her students and treats them like her own kids!

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 12, 2008
If kids like to lern and like to suceed their future they have lot of chance to suceed it. 6th & 7th grade teachers are very good. Only thing, after I finish 8th grade and entered to high school, other schools [had] finish[ed] math regents and enviornment science regents. Other than that, one of the great school. I think we can fix that problem too in the future. Parents also need to work with children.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2007
This school is one of the worst schools, my child has ever been to. This is her third month in school, and she has never even seen her principal. Teachers could careless(there is a cuple of good teachers) and students have mouths like saliors. Don't make the same mistake I did, do not put your child in this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
This school is great. All the teachers are really nice, and the security is getting better because they installed cameras in the hallways. The digital arts class is the best!

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
This school is amazing.I am a student in the 7th grade and all of my teachers are amazing. They really relate to kids and understand. The extracuriculars aren't great. The school holds 2 concerts every year with the music program and they offer 4 different kinds of art classes. Going here school is always different and more exciting each day.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2007
It's a great fun learning school

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2007
This school is an above average school, based on its population. I'm a parent of two children currently attending the school For the most part, the teachers are phenomenal! They are up to date with the standards and incorporating the reading that is so essential in today's test taking skills. Unfortunately, it is a jr. high. As my girls tell me often, the hallways are crowded, but there are often security guards & teachers on hand to keep the crowds moving. So far, I haven't heard of any fights, but there are many kids looking for attention, and I'm sure that there are fights. My girls are involved in many of the charities that the school holds: March of Dimes, Project Homefront, Food Drives, Penny Harvests, Chorus Trips, various educational trips, etc. I am glad that I ignored the negative reports and chose to take the advice of other parents!!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
i think this school has a great education for all students. it has an excellent principal and awesome teachers. There are plenty of classes that are not over crowded. there are no fights that can be caused because of security gaurds. its never crowded in the hallway. i love this school

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July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 20, 2007
I had 2 children in this school one in 2000 and one 2006.since the new principal came to the school, the school went from one of the better HS to a charter one school. the security was ok.the one great thing the assistant principals were great and fair

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
No matter what they have said in the past this school is a great school. They are getting involved in a lot of charity work everyday. everyday my child brings home a charity flyer( March of Dimes, Coat Drive, Hurrican Katrina Fund, and much much more. The only flaw they have is that they don't offer that much of extra activites after school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2007
The first priority should be the security and safety of the children, It will bring inspiration and courage to study and perform good it they feel safe and comfortable.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
Safety in this school is horrible. Principle has to get tougher on both teachers and students. Test scores seem to have dropped dramatically in the past 4 years. If ur child has to go to this school, parents get a second and/or a third job and send ur child to private

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February 23, 2004
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Is 51 Edwin Markham
20 Houston Street, Staten Island, NY  10302
(718) 981-0502
Last modified Is 51 Edwin Markham is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Is 51 Edwin Markham Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top