M.S. 358

Grades: 6-8
88-08 164th Street
Queens NY 11432
Phone: 718-558-6240

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dance, instrumental music and coding in a modern new building

The Downside

Parent involvement could be stronger

MS 358 is a small and ethnically diverse middle school that offers classes in dance, instrumental music and computer coding. Founded in 2015, it occupies a modern new building with big windows built to ease overcrowding in District 28. It shares space with PS 349 and Q277 The Riverview, a District 75 program for students with disabilities.

MS 358 takes part in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city program designed to boost reading levels with a longer school day and special activities. All 6th graders study dance through Arts Matter Initiative and coding with Code.org. Seventh and 8th graders can then major in one of those areas. Majors in both fields take trips, and dance majors have opportunities to perform. Children may also study string instruments for three days a week in a partnership with the Harmony Program.

CUNY sends in tutors in to help the high school students with math and science. Artists from Marquis Studios program help teachers infuse art into math, science and other lessons. To promote reading, all students receive a Queens Library card during the first month of school, according to the yearly plan, and there is a debate team.

Teachers give the principal high marks, on school surveys, and say they work well with other teachers. A positive report prepared for the Department of Education found that school leaders consistently communicate a shared set of high expectations to staff, students and families that promote a positive culture for learning.

Test scores are average but are improving. Principal Brendan Mims wrote to tell us MS 358 was recognized by New York State as a “reward school,” based on its standardized test score growth in 2017, compared to the year before.

The school is working to strengthen ties with parents, according to the yearly plan. Parents are invited to student-led conferences, as well as workshops on topics such as reading strategies. Staff members provide translation for parents who do not speak English.

Graduates of MS 358 have been accepted to Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences at York, Townsend Harris, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Cardozo and The High School of Community Leadership, to name a few, Mims says.

ADMISSIONS: The school is open first to students in the zone and then to those from elsewhere in District 28. With about three applicants for every seat, children are selected for admission at random. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and email from the principal, 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 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?

From the 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?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: F Line to 169th St; E Line, J Line, Z Line to Jamaica Center - Parsons / Archer
Buses: Q1, Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q17, Q2, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q4, Q41, Q42, Q43, Q44-SBS, Q5, Q54, Q56, Q6, Q65, Q76, Q77, Q8, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q9, X68


Brendan Mims
Parent Coordinator
Sharon Mitchell

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 349
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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