Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Gifted programs for Spanish speakers and English speakers

The Downside

Kids complain of occasional fights

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 )

About the students

Enrollment
717
Asian
1.4%
Black
16.2%
Hispanic
78.0%
White
3.8%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
19%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
57%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
29%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
52%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
69%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
72%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
82%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
16%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time) and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
57%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
58%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
51%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
24%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
81%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
DeWitt Clinton HS, Harry S Truman HS, and New Visions Charter HS for the Humanities
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.91
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.85
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.96
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.19
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
53%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
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