I.S. 141 The Steinway

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Happy parents and ethnically diverse student body

The Downside

No after-school sports teams

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.

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 NYC School Survey. Regents-level classes in algebra and living environment are offered to 8th-graders. Elective classes include computer programming , computer art, filmmaking, dance, band, chess and yearbook. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

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

There are no after-school sports, but students may participate in a Beacon program that offers a range of activities including athletics.

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

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

Admissions: Open to District 30 students with priority to those who attend and sign in at an admissions event. (Pauline Zaldonis, web reports, November 2013; updated October 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
1120
Asian
21.9%
Black
3.8%
Hispanic
34.2%
White
37.9%
Other
2.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
47%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
96%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
11%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
18%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
62%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.4
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
65%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
85%
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?
54%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
54%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

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

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
69%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
69%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
46%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
92%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
William Cullen Bryant HS, Academy of American Studies, and Long Island City HS
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?
24%
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
1.98
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.23
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.91
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.12
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.22
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.52
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
73%
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?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
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