Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45

2502 LORILLARD PLACE
BRONX NY 10458 Map
Phone: (718) 584-1660
Website: Click here
Admissions: zoned
Principal: ANNAMARIA PERROTTA
Neighborhood: Fordham
District:10
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: LETICIA JULIAN
Zoned

What's special:

Gifted programs for Spanish speakers and English speakers

The downside:

Kids complain of occasional fights

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

MS 45 is located in the heart of the Bronx's bustling Little Italy, where cured sausages dangle from the butchers' ceilings, and tour buses stop by for fresh pasta and the finest pecorino cheese. Despite such heavy Italian influences in the neighborhood, today the school mostly serves Mexican and some Albanian immigrants.

The school is welcoming despite its large size. It has a big room where parents gather and a comfortable teachers' lounge. There is also a room filled with mini-kitchens that students use after school for cooking classes. The staff is kind, classrooms and hallways are decorated with colorful artwork. An on-site health clinic, which sees about 80 students per week, provides free services, such as physicals, immunizations, asthma support, and mental health services.

Students are grouped into academies, each with its own theme and dedicated space. Aurora is for gifted Spanish-speaking students and Giordano Prep is for gifted English speakers. Students in the "Law Institute" visit the Bronx courthouse, and learn about law enforcement from FBI officials who come to the school each year in a surveillance van. Students in the Vista program perform community service. The Renaissance academy serves children in self-contained special education classes.

Most students agree that teachers inspire them to learn, according to the Learning Environment Survey. "Everybody has a certain passion...[our teachers] bring that passion into the classroom," said Principal Annamaria Giordano, who commutes three hours daily from Connecticut and is the daughter of the school's namesake, Thomas C. Giordano, who was a teacher at the school.

Like a lot of middle schools, there are some concerns about order. While nearly all students say they feel safe in class, kids complain of occasional fights and many teachers say discipline could be improved, according to the Learning Environment Survey. About 100 children were suspended in 2011, fewer than at many comparable middle schools.

Special education: There are nine self-contained classes, and three collaborative team teaching classes.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Students from districts 9 and 10 may are admitted to the Aurora and Giordano Prep based on their 4th grade test scores and attendance records. (Vanessa Witenko, November 2008, updated with DOE stats, May 2012 )

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 797

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
13%

Hispanic

  
81%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
97%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
19%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.79 2.80 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?

50% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

89% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

53% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

55% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

32% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

9% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

17% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

37% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

14% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

84% 85% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

1% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

2% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

2% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

11% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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