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Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45

Grades: 6-8
2502 Lorillard Place
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-584-1660

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In the heart of the Bronx’s Little Italy, where cured sausages dangle from butchers' ceilings, Thomas C. Giordano Middle School has served children for more than one hundred years. Despite the Italian influences, today the school is a diverse mix of races and ethnic groups, among them Mexican, Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Albanian immigrants. It offers a dual language program in Spanish and English.

Over the decades, students have enjoyed trips to the nearby Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Newer features include technology and debate. After school programs may include field hockey, gardening, photography, book clubs, soccer and homework help. 

MS 45 is a zoned neighborhood school but students may also be admitted into the Giordano Prep/Aurora Academy, which screens for test scores, attendance and grades. 

Good Shepherd Services helps run the after school program, and Saturday and summer programs. They also help keep track of attendance: more than one-third of students miss at least a month of school. An on-site health clinic provides free services, such as physicals, asthma support, immunizations, and mental health services.

The school has declined in enrollment from more than 1000 students in 2010 to roughly 700 in 2019. Test scores are low. Teachers participate in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) to boost reading and writing. Students read, discuss, debate and write about a weekly topic using vocabulary words that teachers reinforce in all classes, according to the CEP.

Long-time principal Annamaria Giordano commutes three hours daily roundtrip from Connecticut and is the daughter of the school's namesake, Thomas C. Giordano, who was a teacher at the school. 

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Students from districts 9 and 10 may be admitted to Aurora/Giordano Prep based on their 4th grade test scores and attendance records. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2019) 





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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
37% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Belmont (District 10)
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx22, Bx34, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9


Doreen Kendall
Parent Coordinator
Rosa Hernandez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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