The Queens School of Inquiry

An Insideschools pick
158-40 76 ROAD
QUEENS NY 11366 Map
Phone: (718) 380-6929
Website: Click here
Admissions: Priority to District 25
Principal: Meredith Inbal
Neighborhood: Flushing
District: 25
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: STEPHANIE BARNES
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q64, Q65, QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8

What's special:

Students take classes at Queens College; challenging instruction and support for all students

The downside:

Limited extra-curricular activities

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Queens School of Inquiry (QSI) offers students in grades 6 - 12 challenging academics and lots of support. The school is designed as an early college program, which starts in earnest in the high school and culminates with 11th and 12th graders spending two mornings each week attending classes at Queens College. Motivated students can amass up to two years worth of college credits by graduation. Middle school students spend part of June attending classes at Queens College.    

The school opened in 2005 and graduated its first class in June, 2012. Meredith Inbal became principal in 2010 after QSI’s founding principal, Elizabeth Ophals retired. Inbal taught 6th grade at the school and was a member of its founding faculty.

Teachers do a good job with a broad range of students. Struggling learners are supported and pushed to take on challenging work. High achievers benefit from accelerated instruction without the intensity and heavy workload encountered at super selective schools. Writing, research and projects are emphasized. Eighth graders take Regents Algebra and Living Environment, which puts them on track to tackle college level math and science before graduating from high school. Older students enjoy the independence that comes with taking classes at Queens College.  

“You feel like an adult taking college classes,” said an 11th grader who proudly showed off his Queens College ID, which also gives him access to the college library and athletic center.   “It’s also nice to have the freedom to pick up lunch on my way back to school.”

Staggered starts to the day help teachers offer personal attention. For instance, 6th and 7th graders begin at 8:12 a.m. for advisories that focus on academic support, test prep, enrichment lessons and independent reading. While 11th and 12th graders take classes at Queens College, high school teachers offer extra attention to 9th and 10th graders.

Middle school students get art and instrumental music lessons but no foreign language. Spanish instruction starts in the 9th grade. High school students study drama in 9th grade and can take elective classes in music and forensics and Advanced Placement courses in Psychology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology.

One downside: limited extra-curricular activities. For middle school students, the school fields a basketball team and the Beacon Program sponsors after school activities. High school students can join sports teams, contribute to the literary magazine and participate in clubs that typically include robotics, dance, drama and community service. Spirit Squad, the school’s cheerleading team, organizes and cheers at events.

QSI shares the JHS 168 building with Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and PS 255, a District 75 program for autistic children.

Special education: The school has self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program’s specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

College admissions: The school has a full-time college advisor. Ninety percent of the school’s inaugural class graduated on time. All graduates went on to college, most to SUNY and CUNY schools including the McCaulay Honors Program. Some attend private colleges such as Syracuse and St. Johns University.

Admission: For middle school, priority to students zoned for the building. For high school, priority to continuing 8th graders and then to Queens residents. High school applicants must have at least a grade of 70 in core subjects and earned a 2 or higher on their 7th grade state English and math exams. Most QSI 8th graders stay for high school, but some leave to attend specialized high schools and Townsend Harris. There are usually 30 to 40 spots for 9th graders who attended other middle schools and a few seats for incoming 10th graders. (Laura Zingmond, June 2012; updated February 2017 regarding high school sports)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 250 and a District 75 program, Q255

Number of Students 553

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
40%

Black

  
17%

Hispanic

  
23%

White

  
18%

Free Lunch

  
57%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.91 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

67% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

73% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

30% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

44% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

16% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

68% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

20% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

20% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

27% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

20% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

14% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

10% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

25% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 250 and a District 75 program, Q255

Number of Students 553

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
40%

Black

  
17%

Hispanic

  
23%

White

  
18%

Free Lunch

  
57%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.91 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

85% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

14% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

93% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

38% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

4%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

96%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

66%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

65% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

493
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

91% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

516
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Queens School of Inquiry

Screened

Interdisciplinary program with a strong, comprehensive focus on math and science

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 79-100) , Math (Scores 81-100) , Science (Scores 80-100) , Social Studies (Scores 80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3.2-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.6-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Psychology

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Drama, Early Morning Tutoring, Ivy Society, Math Tutorial, Mathletes, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Photography, Robotics, Senior Committee, Silver Chord, Spirit Squad, String Ensemble, Student Government, Studio Art, Yearbook; Students are encouraged to initiate clubs pertaining to their individual interests

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Volleyball. Students are encouraged to initiate sports based on their interests.

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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