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P.S. 51

Grades: Pre-K, K-1
87-45 117 Street
Queens NY 11418
Phone: 718-850-0738

Our Insights

What’s Special

An entire school focused on early childhood

The Downside

Children must move to another school after 1st grade

Founded in 1995 in a bright, modern building with yellow- and green-tiled hallways, tiny PS 51 serves only pre-kindergartners through 1st-graders. Most children move to PS 56 for 2nd through 5th grade.

The city rated the school "well developed," the highest rating, on a 2013 Quality Review. The report and the school's 2014 yearly plan mention the school's consistency in instruction, the strong reading scores on in-school tests and the many hands-on activities. Children engage in science activities on topics like air pressure and air resistance and make city skylines out of paper. "Across the school, students are extremely joyful in small learning groups," wrote the lead reviewer in the report.

Principal Magdaly Saint-Juste was a Cahn Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, a program that recognizes outstanding principals and offers opportunities for professional growth. PS 51 offers professional growth too, by mentoring student teachers from St. John's University and Queens College.

Almost one-third of the children are learning English and receive support outside of their regular classes and during an afterschool program two days a week. Up to seventeen languages are spoken by the families including Punjabi, Urdu, Russian, Arabic and Bengali. Some staff members, who speak Spanish, Urdu and Punjabi, help communicate with families.

Parents are invited to two to three workshops per month on topics ranging from phonics to fitness. One of the school's strengths, according to the yearly plan, lies in the fact that the focus is on the needs of early childhood learners only. "We continue to learn more about the students in this category, the developmentally appropriate practices that work with them, as well as how to tailor our approaches for their specific needs," wrote a staff member in the plan.

A basement multipurpose room serves as a gym, auditorium and lunchroom.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: A handful of children receive support services outside of their regular classes. The school has team-taught classes that mix children with special needs and their general education peers in one room.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, school data, June 2015)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 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?

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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

Contact & Location


Richmond Hill (District 27)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to 121st St
Buses: Q10, Q24, Q37, Q55, Q56, QM18


Magdaly Saint Juste
Parent Coordinator
Andrea Kelly

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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

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