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Elementary School Middle School High School

I.S. 061 Leonardo Da Vinci

Grades: 6-8
98-50 50 Avenue
Queens NY 11368
Phone: 718-760-3233

Our Insights

What’s Special

English classes for adults and children

The Downside

Test scores have a ways to go

A gigantic school with a large immigrant population, IS 61 offers English as a Second Language to children during the day, while adults may take English classes or earn a high school diploma (called a GED), or even take fitness classes, in the evening.

Principal Joseph Lisa took the helm in July 2007 after 10 years as assistant principal, and divided the school into five academies, each with its own assistant principal and guidance counselor, to give it a small-school feel. The school’s culture and tone has improved since then, NYC school surveys show.

The school offers an in-house AGP (academically gifted program) program as an option, in which students are expected to maintain an 85 GPA (grade point average), and take all Regents courses offered by the school.The number of 8th graders who earn high school credits is above the citywide average.

An evaluation of the school by the Department of Education, called the Quality Review, gives the school high marks on the quality of instruction. 

The next challenge, according to a goal in the school’s yearly plan, is to raise academic expectations. Test scores, especially in math, have a ways to go. NYC school surveys highlight one area that needs improvement, for example: only roughly half the teachers say students build on each other’s ideas during class discussion. 

Students have the opportunity to study theater, music (band and strings), visual art, film, and dance, according to the Arts in School Report. The school also offers dance teams, music, film, art and theater clubs outside regular classroom hours.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
John Bowne High School, Long Island City High School, and Newtown High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish,US History,Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Corona (District 24)
Buses: Q23, Q29, Q38, Q58, Q72, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM40


Joseph Lisa
Parent Coordinator
Martha Golero

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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