J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey

Grades: 6-9

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)

School Stats


Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by
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Contact & Location


63-55 102nd Street
Queens NY 11374

Trains: M Line, R Line to 67th Ave

Buses: Q23, Q38, Q58, Q60, Q72, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM18, QM40, QM42


Principal: Vincent Suraci

Parent Coordinator: Michael Zevon


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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