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J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey

Grades: 6-9
63-55 102nd Street
Queens NY 11374
Phone: 718-830-4910

Our Insights

What’s Special

Performing arts, classes in software engineering

The Downside

Early lunch for 6th graders

JHS 157, Stephen A. Halsey, is a large, dynamic school with effective teachers, strong leadership, and engaging classes. Open to everyone who lives in the school’s attendance zone, Halsey also admits students from across District 28 to its performing arts program. 

Students choose a "talent"—band, chorus, drama, art, STEM (science, technology engineering and math) and computers—which they take four times a week.

The school serves a wide range of children well, including high-achievers, new immigrants learning English and students with disabilities, according to an evaluation by the Department of Education called the Quality Review. Children speak 31 different languages at home. 

Principal Vincent Suraci, who speaks Spanish and Italian, and grew up in the neighborhood, gets high marks from teachers. 

It's a demanding school: Nearly half of all students take and pass Regents exams in Algebra, Earth Science or a foreign language. In addition to strong academics, the school has lots of electives and activities. Every year, the school puts on a musical such as Guys and Dolls or The Music Man. One year, special needs students learned about African dance as part of a program at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Electives include 3-D printing, and animation. A new technology lab has a flight simulator used in the software engineering program.

Students participate in civic activities including fundraising for St. Jude & the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “They run coat drives, food drives, toy drives, and more,” according to parent coordinator Michael Zevon. Athletic teams, including boys' and girls' basketball, boys' flag football and girls' volleyball, compete across the borough.

While nearly all the middle schools in the city end in 8th grade, JHS 157 still has a 9th grade, in part to help ease crowding at Forest Hills High School a few blocks away. One benefit: 9th grade class size at Halsey is much smaller than that at Forest Hills. However, there are no 9th grade honors courses.

Lunch periods are staggered from 10:30 am for 6th graders to 12:30 pm for 8th and 9th graders. 

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Any District 28 student may audition for the school's performing arts programs. Open houses are held in October. (Clara Hemphill, 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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% 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?
76% 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?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Forest Hills High School, J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey, and Townsend Harris 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?
51% 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?
20% 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?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Forest Hills (District 28)
Trains: M Line, R Line to 67th Ave
Buses: Q23, Q38, Q58, Q60, Q72, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM18, QM40, QM42


Vincent Suraci
Parent Coordinator
Michael Zevon

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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