Calendar of Events

  • Ashokan Trip for classes 601, 602, 603, 605, 607, 609, & 612

    MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School
  • El al-Fitr - Schools Closed

    MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School
  • Last Day of School - 1/ 2 Day

    MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School
  • El al-Adha

    MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School
  • Labor Day

    MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School
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Welcome to M.S. 51!

MS 51 is a gifted and talented school located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, uniquely committed to a balance of both an intensive accelerated academic program and an in-depth, three-year arts program. At MS 51, our aim is to prepare students for the rigors and challenges of high school, with a challenging academic program aligned to a continuum based on the Common Core Learning Standards. Our students are motivated by highly effective teachers who hold high expectations and know how to engage students in advanced level curriculum. This is supplemented by an intensive focused study of one of six “talent” areas--including vocal music, drama, instrumental music, dance, photography, and fine art--in which students develop a deep connection to their talent as they explore their art and self-expression. Our academic and arts curriculum is rounded out by a strong commitment to community service, sustainability, and philanthropy, with ongoing activities and initiatives that have become infused into the culture of MS 51. 



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School Supply Initiative

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Summer Reading List


Download Summer Reading Assignments for

 Rising 7th graders 20177thGradeSummerReadingScorecard.pdf 

Rising 8th graders  20178thGradeSummerReadingScorecard.pdf 

 Rising 6 graders  20176thgradesummerreadingscorecard.pdf 




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Statement of Accessibility

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility  Guidelines 2.0 If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Julia Castro to request assistance. 

Water Testing Memo

  April 28, 2017
Dear Families and Staff:
The safety and well-being of students and staff is our highest priority. I am pleased to share
that the Department of Education (DOE) has completed water testing in every public
school in the City. New York City water is safe, and families and staff should rest assured
that our drinking water is of the highest quality in the world.
The City regulates its own watershed that surrounds and protects our reservoirs, and the
water is tested over 500,000 times each year at various points throughout the system.
Beyond these extensive measures, the DOE works with City agencies, including the
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Environmental
Protection, to ensure our students have access to safe drinking water in schools. There has
never been a known case of lead poisoning due to water in New York City schools.
In any building where lead test results showed even one water outlet above the action
level of 15 parts per billion, we implemented our standard remediation protocol. This
includes immediately taking drinking and cooking water outlets with exceedances out of
service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight,
replacing equipment and keeping affected drinking and cooking water outlets out of
service until follow-up testing shows those outlets no longer have elevations.
Using State standards, 92% of our fixtures system-wide tested below guidance. This
demonstrates that we do not have any systemic issues with water in our school buildings
and our remediation protocol is effective. Our results compare favorably to other school
districts across the State.
A letter with detailed information about each school’s results was shared with school
communities over the last several months. Every school’s letter is available on its DOE
website, along with full laboratory test results. Providing you with comprehensive
information that is easily accessible on the DOE website is key to our partnership with you.
Please visit to learn more about
the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.
We thank you for your partnership in delivering a high-quality education to your child and
to children across the City. If you have any questions, please contact your school.
Sincerely yours,
Elizabeth A. Rose
Elizabeth A. Rose
Deputy Chancellor
Division of Operations
52 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
212 374 7868 Tel
212 374 5588 Fax

Summer Free Meals

Grade 8 High School Annoucements

  • High School Acceptance Letter Information

    March 2nd, 2017


    Dear 8th grade families,


                    We have been informed by High School Enrollment that The High School Acceptance letters will be available for distribution Wednesday March 8th.  We would like to take this time to reflect on our amazing student community.  They have consistently performed at the highest level and have prepared themselves to be outstanding students at the premier high schools of New York City.  We know the anticipation will be difficult over the next week, however our teachers continue to assign work and we hope you can support your children to put forth their best efforts.

    The letters will be distributed to the students 8th period on Wednesday March 8th right before dismissal.  This week you should be talking as a family about the acceptance letter.  You may want to anticipate both the best and worst case scenarios.  We highly recommend that you plan to open the acceptance letter with your child, at home so that you can immediately be available to address their emotional reaction.

      If the situation arises that a student did not receive a match it may be best for the student to learn this news from their families when they come home and open their letters. The parent will be contacted by the school to discuss how to handle informing the child and given guidance about what the results mean and what the next steps are.  If the students did not receive a match and we are unable to contact a parent/guardian during the day we then will meet individually with the student.  In the past informing students during the school day that they had not received a match has created a feeling of dread and anxiety for all of the students throughout the course of the day.  We feel that the plan described above best reflects our schools philosophy as parents as partners, and that it will provide the optimal support for our school community during this process. 

    ** Just a reminder the appeals round is not available until the completion of Round 2**

    Round 2 High School Fair

    March 18th & 19th

    11:00am to 2:00 pm

    Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus

    122 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan



    1. Bosco
  • High School Application Receipts

    High School Application receipts are coming home Friday December 9th! Please check you child's backpack for this important document.
    If there are no changes to be made to your childs' application then keep this receipt for your records.  If you need to make changes to your application you may do so on the receipt.  Make sure you & your child signs the receipt. The DEADLINE is Friday December 16th

  • Millennium Brooklyn ICT Parent Breakfast November 14th 8:00 am

    Please RSVP to

  • What Should 8th Graders be doing now?

    ·       In the next 2 weeks you should be finishing up all tours and open houses

    ·       You should be completing your interviews, auditions, assessments and online applications (NYCiSchool, Manhattan Hunter Science High School etc…)

    ·       It’s time to review your lists of schools and programs and begin to place them in your order of preference - choosing what you love 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.  Discuss this with parents and guidance if you have questions

    ·       Make sure you have chosen at least 10 programs  (remember some high schools have more than 1 program and each one that you are interested in is listed as a separate choice)

    ·       List your final choices on the application and submit to Guidance by Dec 1st

    ·       Make sure both parent and student signed the application

  • SHSAT and LaGuardia tickets will be coming home today! Please Check your child's backpack and make sure that you keep it in a safe place

    Middle School 51 students will be taking the SHSAT exam on Sunday October 23rd at 8:00 am.  

    Students with 504 accommodations, IEP's and religious observance are scheduled according to their needs.  The Time and Date of the SHSAT exam will be on the Tickets

    SHSAT tickets: Students write their school preferences on page 1 and must copy this information onto the test answer sheet on the test date
    School preferences listed on the test answer sheet are final.  A parent or guardian must sign the ticket.


Grade 8 Calendar

  • Bard High School Registration for Assessment

  • Citywide High School Fair

  • Citywide High School Fair

  • Borough High School Fairs

  • Borough High School Fairs

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