I.S. 141 - The Steinway

Grades: 6-8
37-11 21 Avenue
Queens NY 11105
Phone: 718-278-6403

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong academics in a supportive environment

The Downside

Limited sports

Located in northern Astoria, IS 141 is a large, diverse middle school with challenging academics and a supportive environment. Students hail from Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Latin America, and dozens of languages are spoken in the building.

More than half the students leave IS 141 with high school credit, and 8th-graders may take algebra and Living Environment. A notable partnership with American Airlines teaches students how their learning in science and technology is applicable to real-world work, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The school also offers dance, theater and music classes, as well as a computer art class that teaches the use of software like Photoshop, I-Movie and coding. Sports include volleyball and Mighty Milers, a running club, according to the Middle School Directory .

To make a large school seem smaller, IS 141 is divided into three academies, each with its own assistant principal, dean, and guidance counselor. Most students say there is at least one adult they can trust and confide in, according to school surveys.

Vanessa Williams, formerly an assistant principal, became principal in 2018.

Students participate in charitable fundraisers, helping causes like Operation Santa and Pennies for Patients, according to the CEP. The school also hosts events like Back to School Night, Multicultural Fair, Sounds of the Season Holiday Show, Williams Shakespeare Poetry Slam, Awards Night Ceremonies and Spring Arts Showcase to include families in the school community and showcase student talent.

Admissions: Students who live in the attendance zone are guaranteed admission. District 30 students may also apply, with priority to those who attend and sign in at an admissions event.  (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, 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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% 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?
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?
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?
Academy of American Studies, William Cullen Bryant High School, and Information Technology High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

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


Astoria (District 30)
Trains: N Line, Q Line to Astoria - Ditmars Blvd
Buses: Q100, Q101, Q19, Q69


Vanessa Williams
Parent Coordinator
Stella Catechis

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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