M.S. 216 George J. Ryan

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
64-20 175 Street
Queens NY 11365
Phone: 718-358-2005

Our Insights

What’s Special

Solid record of student achievement; a lot of big-school extras

The Downside

Large classes

Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Fresh Meadows, high-performing MS 216 is the largest school in District 26 and home to a diverse student population. It boasts a consistent record of sending more than one-third of its graduates to specialized high schools, in addition to popular choices such as Townsend Harris, Francis Lewis and Cardozo. The school offers three options for high-achieving students in each grade: ICG (intellectually gifted children), G&T (gifted and talented) and honor/SPE (special progress enriched). Additionally, there are general education and team-taught special education classes.

MS 216 received the highest rating of “well developed” in all five categories on NYC’s school quality review. It enjoys excellent attendance and good results on achievement tests.

It is also safe and orderly, considering its large size. Longtime principal Reginald Landeau says: “No one group is so predominant that they end up dominating. Chinese, Punjabi, African American, Caucasian and Latino children all hang out together.” Combined cultural events provide children with an opportunity to find out what they have in common, he adds, such as during a culminating event for Chinese New Year and Black History, when the school featured African drummers and dancing Chinese dragons performing to a packed house. The school has staff members who can assist with Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu translation.

MS 216 is so popular that some families move in with relatives or rent basement space in the school’s zone to get in. Every class is at the limit of 33 students. “I wish we had a fourth floor,” Landeau says, adding that some teachers do not have their own classrooms. Fortunately, many rooms are big since they were initially built as woodshops or ceramics studios. These now serve as science or robotics rooms. MS 216 is one of two NYC middle schools with a stand-alone robotics program in which every 6th-grader participates. The school hosts, and has often won, the Queens LEGO Robotics Tournament.

The school is equipped with SmartBoards and iPads, Chromebooks or laptops in every classroom. It offers Software Engineering classes for select students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

The student population is divided into three themed academies: Science Exploration, Media Arts, and Law and Justice. While the core academic curriculum is identical for all three, each academy’s specific theme allows teachers to create thematic-based units of study. For example, Law and Justice's 6th-graders debate the ethics of cloning, and its 8th-graders spar over current political issues and how they affect U.S. policy. Students in Science Exploration help the school reduce its carbon footprint.

Sixth-graders rotate through “talent” classes in chorus, dance, instrumental music and visual arts. Seventh- and 8th-graders can major in one of the talents or take academic electives.

The school has a math team, chess team, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, guitar club and a Broadway musical theater program. It has three gender-sensitive mentoring groups including one to support girls interested in math. The Saturday Academy offers dance, filmmaking and photography. Students may propose new ideas for clubs; recent additions include a soccer team and a running club, Landeau says.

Spanish is the only foreign language offered. Students visit Spanish restaurants and other venues to practice the language. Interested students may sign up for Chinese language arts after school.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school with two screened gifted and talented programs. Admission to IGC is based on standardized test scores, grades, conduct and attendance. Applicants must provide an on-demand writing sample, sit for an entrance exam and participate in an interview. Admission to G&T is based on a combination of factors that make up a “composite score”: the final 4th-grade report card counts for 35 percent, state tests for 35 percent, student performance indicators for 20 percent and attendance for 10 percent. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, March 2018)    

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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?
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% 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?
2% 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?
Francis Lewis High School, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, and The Bronx High School of Science
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Earth Science

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?

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

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Contact & Location


Fresh Meadows (District 26)
Buses: Q17, Q30, Q31, Q88, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM5, QM7, QM8


Reginald Landeau
Parent Coordinator
Jordan Nichols Hillian

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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