J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
61-15 Oceania Street
Queens NY 11364
Phone: 718-631-6800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong academics with emphasis on arts and science

The Downside

Large class size

MS 74 is a large middle school boasting strong academics and offering interesting science and arts opportunities to students in the Bayside area.

The school houses a district gifted and talented (G&T) program and its zoned program has "special progress" (SP) classes for high achievers as well as classes that cater to a range of abilities. Overall, test scores are high and most 8th-graders graduate with some high school credit.

In classes, teachers pose challenging, thought-provoking questions to students and create tasks for all academic levels, according to the school’s Quality Review.

JHS 74 stresses science and the arts. It has a partnership with St. Francis College, which gives students access to a college science lab, and offers a software engineering pilot program.

A former music teacher, principal Anthony Armstrong sees the arts as key to engaging students who might not be academic stars. Students may choose from instrumental and vocal music, graphic art and design, studio art, theater and the moving image. The school also has collaborations with arts organizations, including two dance groups.

Additional arts offerings are included among the school’s many clubs, along with many sports, a team that prepares a video newscast about the school and a tech squad.

Armstrong, who has been principal since 2010, gets high marks from teachers for involving the faculty in key decisions and for having a strong educational vision and following through on it, according to the annual NYC School Survey.

Classes are large and many students said in the survey that they would like more individual attention and support from their teachers, although the school is orderly, safe and even cheerful.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes as well as self-contained classes for students with special needs.

ADMISSIONS: The general program is for students who live in the zone. The G&T program is open to all District 26 students with priority going to those in the G&T program at PS 203. Admission to G&T is based on the final 4th grade report card, 4th grade state tests, academic and personal behavior and attendance (Gail Robinson, 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% 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 2020-21 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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Bayside (District 26)
Buses: Q30, Q76, Q88, QM35, QM5, QM8


Brandon Contarsy
Parent Coordinator
Kujtine Suljovic

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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