M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo

Grades: 6-8
10-45 Nameoke Street
Queens NY 11691
Phone: 718-471-6900

Our Insights

What’s Special

Arts and after school programs

The Downside

Low test scores

SEPTEMBER 2017 REVIEW: MS 53 Brian Piccolo Middle School features step, drum, cartooning, dance, movie production, chorus and an after school program where teens can write songs and produce a CD. An annual event in May highlights student work in the arts

While test scores remain far below the citywide average, the atmosphere at MS 53 has improved somewhat in recent years, with better attendance and fewer suspensions. The suspension rate dropped from almost 300 in 2010 to about 25 in 2016, according to a Daily News article.

Nonetheless, problems with order and discipline remain, according to NYC School Surveys, and only about one-third of teachers say they would recommend the school to other families on the survey. 

Assistant principal Andrea Majied took the helm in 2016, replacing Shawn Rux, who introduced the arts programs and was credited with improving the school climate.

The building looks like a fortress. Inside, security officers sit at a station with a TV monitor, students pass through metal detectors and some staff carry walkie-talkies.

Advantages of the location are a science lab and a one million dollar playground with a track, basketball courts, climbing wall, balance beams, slides, a physical fitness area and a volleyball court. The building is shared with a small middle school called Village Academy

AFTER SCHOOL: Remedial and accelerated math and literacy classes meet most afternoons and Saturday. Homework help as well as art, dance, and recreational activities are offered on weekday afternoons. Students may take part in drama, track, soccer, basketball, or rowing for girls.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, September April 2017)


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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?
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School, Hillcrest High School, and Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

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

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

Contact & Location


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Far Rockaway - Mott Ave
Buses: Q113, Q114, Q22, QM17


Zoanne Wilkins
Parent Coordinator
Saprina Brown

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the Village Academy and Success Academy Far Rockaway Charter
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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