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Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts

Grades: 6-8
31-51 21 Street
Queens NY 11106
Phone: 718-274-8316
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Gifted program for students from across district.

The Downside

Low test scores among students learning English and those with special needs.

MS 126 is a zoned neighborhood school that admits children from across District 30 to its gifted program and to an arts magnet. Also called the Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts, IS 126 offers classes in dance, theater, chorus and art.

Alvin Ailey offers dance lessons. Children study drama with a program called enACT, Inc., and learn creative writing and art with a group called the Community Word Project.

A school-run prep course for the Specialized High School Admissions Test is open to all students.

Two-thirds of the children speak a language other than English at home including Spanish, Bengali and Arabic, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). A focus of the CEP is improving test scores for children learning English and those with special needs.

An Alternative Learning Center (ALC) for students serving a superintendent suspension is housed in the building. The ALC operates independently of IS 126 and has a separate entrance to the building.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. For the gifted program, students from the G&T program at PS 166 are given priority. Others are admitted based on their 4th grade report cards and state test scores. The arts program admits students at random and in recent years has had room for all who apply.  (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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
73%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
70%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
9.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
39%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Long Island City High School, Information Technology High School, and William Cullen Bryant High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
30%
31% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
692
Asian
28%
Black
17%
Hispanic
45%
White
9%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
8%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
22%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Astoria (District 30)
Trains: N Line, Q Line to Broadway
Buses: Q100, Q102, Q103, Q104, Q18, Q19, Q66, Q69

Contact

Principal
Alexander Angueira
Parent Coordinator
Rosalyn Henderson

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes

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

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