I.S. 141 The Steinway

37-11 21 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11105 Map
Phone: (718) 278-6403
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Miranda Pavlou
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 30
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: Stella Catechis
Zoned

What's special:

Happy parents and ethnically diverse student body

The downside:

Not a lot of arts

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in northern Astoria, IS 141 is a large zoned middle school with happy parents and a diverse student body. Students hail from Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Latin America, and dozens of languages are spoken in the building. The school is divided into three academies, each with its own assistant principal, dean, and guidance counselor to support the students.

IS 141 is led by Miranda Pavlou, who became principal in 2007 after working as an assistant principal at the school. Teachers report that Pavlou is an effective manager who understands how children learn, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The school has high expectations for its students, and students say that they have to work hard to do well in their classes, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students have the option of taking the Algebra Regents class if they want a more challenging math class. Spanish is the only foreign language offered, according to the Middle School Directory.

Partnerships with the NASA Explorer Program and the Environmental Protection Agency enrich science classes through field trips to the Goddard Space center or the EPA’s ocean survey vessel, EPA BOLD.

One downside is that the school is light on the arts. Just 20 percent of students said they took a visual arts class and 33 percent took a music class in the 2012-2013 school year, according to the Arts in Schools Report.

Extracurricular activities include chess club, drama club, and an environmental club. Students may also participate in basketball and volleyball.

English language learners: PS 141 has one self-contained class for English language learners in each grade.

Special education: There are self-contained classrooms with only special education students and one ICT classroom, where special education and general education students learn side by side with two teachers.

Admissions: Zoned school with some spaces for children outside the zone through a magnet grant program, which has a focus on math, science, and environmental engineering. (Pauline Zaldonis, web reports, November 2013) 

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1209

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
23%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
30%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.97 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

62% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

66% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

63% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

99% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

53% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

42% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

81% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

15% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

92% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

11% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

4% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

6% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

17% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

25% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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