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About This School

I.S. 51 Edwin Markham is a public middle school in New York. The principal of I.S. 51 Edwin Markham is MR. NICHOLAS MELE, whose e-mail is nmele2@schools.nyc.gov. 900 children attend I.S. 51 Edwin Markham and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 7% of the I.S. 51 Edwin Markham students have "limited English proficiency." 78% of the 900 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at I.S. 51 Edwin Markham is 16:1. Jewish Foundation School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 8%
Asian 8% %
Hispanic 44% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 24% 54%
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 47%
Limited English proficiency 7% 6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    so glad to see this school was brought up to a "B" on the nyc progress reports..I've never seen a more dedicated principal and staff offering a multitude of programs for these children! I'm so glad I decided to send my child here..she loves it!

  • (10 months ago)

    Mr.Mele is involved in basically every aspect of the school. He is passionate about preparing the children for high school as evidenced by the change in academies and the addition of enrichment classes. The teachers are motivating and knowledgeable. My husband and I are confident that we have chosen the right middle school for our children.

  • (10 months ago)

    love school time ever school is amzing such as all the teacher like 6 grade art teacher and science teacher erin olsen

  • (12 months ago)

    I am willing to send my children to this zoned school. I heard and saw Mr Mele ( very approachable and motivated to have a great school) and admin deals well keeping the school safe. The admin is direct unlike typical admins from other schools. He brought in excellent academies enrichment and programs. Due to this I am willing to send my honors children here. I hope with the new zoning the kids who are not zoned for this school that live in the projects or that side of the harbor and port Richmond should not get in this school. The students who like to come in late and make trouble home addresses should be verified and turned away have police check the residency if they are trying to get into a school they dont belong in make this school more academic and more safe. Can have admin teachthe D students who misbehave in a inhouse classroom or recommend online academics for the students who only want to raise hell and not study. I hope if they deserve to be suspended and break regulations they are and thrown out not kept around thats key There are more good studentsand family who go here to learn.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am updating another comment on this shool. My son is safe in this school. The park is excellent too. It is safe alng with the school it self. Some people beg to differ. They say "what about the mexicans? What could happen to our children?" Mr. Mele is handeling it. And there after schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is certainly is a tough one to bare the students are mostly made up of no more than lowlife D average students who always focus on their "swag" rather than academics they can often be distracting and trouble making. Teachers affect the school too but in mostly good ways after the evil DOE giving out the newly introduced Common Core State tests they started to really work hard to get me into highschool (I'm currently an 8th grader)the only problem with the teachers is that other students can often give a bad impression and the teachers might treat you like those bad impressions but with hard work and attention you can accomplish pre-graduation. The way they teach however should be more.....strict..... they barely give us homework which can affect our memories and practice skills I got about 1 or 2 homeworks a day or no homework assignments at all. They don't try hard enough when not in the vicinity of the "big test" mostly because of the often dissapointing students reflecting an impression (keep in mind even with many test fails missing work absense etc. they still managed to pass what?!). The Schedules need work as well but I don't have space left.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have worked at this school for 12 years. Mr. Mele has truly turned this school around. I hope anyone who is zoned for this school will come to one of the many walk throughs to see all the changes. We are all working very hard to ensure that every child (general ed special ed ICT SETSS etc.) receives the best educational experience!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a student at I.S.51 and the new principal is really making a difference. I've been here for three years and the first year was not good. The principal was not involved at all. When she was going to retire it didn't make a difference. The new principal is very involved and their are just about no fights anymore. I do recommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a fantastic school that has definitely turned itself around in the past year or so since the new principle started. The school is very diverse and is one of the few schools that clearly supports the arts. There are so many things that my son is learning and I am very happy to send my son here.

  • (3 years ago)

    great school with great teachers and great disiple .i could not ask for a better school to let my children go to .

  • (3 years ago)

    I just transferred my daughter out of this school. Fighting bullying and threats seems to be the focus of the day. Staff does little or nothing to control this. I feel bad for the kids who are there to learn. High grades are given out with no effort at all. Just remember the state tests prove what they have learned. Don;t make the same mistake I did. This school is more like a Zoo.

  • (3 years ago)

    One of the most horrible schools on staten island. Principal has her head in the clouds and no clue teachers lie and to get in touch with someone nearly impossible and there is consatnt fighting of the children not control in this school at all

  • (4 years ago)

    Well let me be the first to vote!!!! IS 51 has a diverse population with strong leadership. The PTA leaders are extremely willing to help in anyway possible for the benefit of the school and it's students.

  • (4 years ago)

    this is a school that has a lot of bullies so please do not put your child in this school please!

  • (4 years ago)

    this is the worst school ever I'm in my 3rd year at 51 and every year got worse and worse bullying is a huge problem unless your friends with popular kids the teachers don't do anything when the class is acting up they just keep going on and on on how their going to fail the kids bu some of the worst kids in my class are passing with 90's and they don't do anything but text on their phones and talk

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff and administration try so hard to reach each child and give them not just what they need educationally but emotionally and psychologically as well. Many children at this school carry a lot of emotional baggage but at this school they can feel safe & cared for.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is such a horrible school. The teachers could care less about what goes on. I'm in my second year in this school and it's getting worse. I'm honestly glad my parents agreed on transferring me to a better school. If you have a choice between two schools I strongly suggest you pick the other school. There is only a handful of good teachers here. I don't even think the principal is qualified to be honest. In my opinion she does a terrible job of managing the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    too much fights and less education

  • (4 years ago)

    the school is great every teacher is nice and they try to give you the highest grade that you earned and bullying is not a big problem just be nice and dont pick on people

  • (4 years ago)

    Its a great school with good math techers and it may need a lil hellp with bullying

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