Bayside High School

An Insideschools pick

32-24 CORPORAL KENNEDY STREET
QUEENS NY 11361 Map
Phone: (718) 229-7600
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school, selective programs
selective
Principal: MICHAEL ATHY
Neighborhood: Bayside
District: 26
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: SARAH MILUNEC

Buses: Q13, Q28, Q31, Q76

What's special:

Outstanding facilities and interesting specialized programs.

The downside:

Crowded; there are bus options but far from the subway.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bayside is a big, well-functioning neighborhood school with specialized programs open to students from outside its attendance zone. Long known for its selective music and art programs, Bayside also has programs for high achieving students--one focused on the humanities and one on environmental science. Two other programs are designed to serve students with a range of abilities--in sports medicine and computer programming.

Although the Department of Education, at the request of parents and the administration, has reduced enrollment significantly in recent years, classes are jammed and the school operates on two staggered sessions. Still, for a student not intimidated by a big school -- and able to get to northeastern Queens -- Bayside could be an interesting place to spend four years. The school's size and programs convey a sense of activity and energy. Even on a Friday afternoon--when most schools are nearly empty--Bayside was bustling with students preparing for an afterschool track meet and an art show.

Partnerships with industry and grants help provide equipment, and Bayside's facilities seem more akin to those at a suburban high school than one in the city. This was particular striking in music classes with keyboards, computers and recording equipment, and in art where students used high-end computers and drawing tablets.

Students and teachers appear to interact easily, with lots of give and take. We saw students involved in projects and class discussions that seemed to capture their imaginations. In an anthropology class, one student explained his study of whether Amish young people return to the fold after venturing out into the secular world.

Principal Michael Athy says the new programs are designed to give useful job skills to students who want to work while attending college. He also created programs that didn't duplicate the successful offerings at Cardozo and Francis Lewis.

The Digital Art & Design program combines traditional studio art and journalism with digital technology; the instrumental and vocal Music: Performance & Production program has added studio recording to its course offerings. Students learn to perform and produce music. Beginners are welcome, as well as experienced musicians.

In Humanities & Non-Profit Management, students develop writing and presentation skills and learn to write grant proposals and develop and manage projects.  Environmental Engineering & Technology gives students hands-on training in engineering and environmental science, helping them prepare for green careers.

The most unusual programs are ones that offer certificates in Career and Technical Education: Computer Programming & Web Design and Sports Medicine & Management. While most CTE programs are designed for students who plan to work after high school, Athy and his staff insist they want students to graduate with a marketable skill and also have academic preparation for college. Students in computer programming gain skills in web design and development. Students in sports medicine may get jobs as personal trainers after high school, while studying physiology or sports medicine in college. "All of our programs are designed so that kids can work in a field in an entry level capacity," said Assistant Principal Elizabeth Guglielmo.

The school offers many Advanced Placement classes--open not only to top students but also to those who may not have perfect grades but who are willing to put in the effort. Bayside teaches six languages: French, Spanish, Japanese, Latin, Korean and Chinese.

To make the big school less intimidating, Bayside has sharply reduced the caseload for guidance counselors to about 200. Although the school has no dedicated college counselors, each student has a guidance counselor who speaks his home language and who will, in Athy's words, "take the kid from being a frightened freshman to going to college." Counselors keep track of the kids' credit accumulation and encourage them to get involved in extracurriculars. "A big criticism of large schools is anonymity, [but] these 200 kids belong to one person,"  he said.

The school boasts a high rate of college admissions. Top students have been admitted to highly selective schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, and Stanford. A large proportion of students attend four-year colleges, including SUNY and CUNY schools.

Special education: About 400 students receive special education services. Most of the students with IEPs are in team teaching classes. The students in self-contained classes have different teachers for individual subjects and teachers are dually certified in their subjectr area and in special education--a rarity in the public schools.

Admission: Students within Bayside's zone may attend the zoned program but are encouraged to apply to one of the other programs, which are open to students from all over Queens. The art and music program require an audition; environmental science and humanities screen students based on grades and test scores. Computer programming and international relations are limited unscreened; and sports medicine uses the educational option method. (Gail Robinson, May 2012; updated October 2013 with changes in the six specialized programs offered at Bayside)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 3241

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
40%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
27%

White

  
19%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

70% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

69% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

89% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

84% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

21% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

92% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

91% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

91% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

42% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

91% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

3% 12% 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?

27%

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

89%

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

58%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

67% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

485
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

79%

SAT math scores

545
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

84% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

70% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

65% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

71% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open only to Queens students or residents
  2. For Q12E & Q12F only: a. Priority to students zoned to the school who attend an information session b. Then to Queens students or residents who attend an information session c. Then to students zoned to the school d. Then to Queens students or residents
  3. For Zoned Program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Music: Performance & Production

Audition

Learn to perform on guitar, piano, bass, drums and vocals, write songs, record and produce in our new Music Production Studio. Preparation for careers in vocal and instrumental performance, as well as music production and studio recording. Beginners and experienced musicians are encouraged to apply and audition.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Digital Art & Design

Audition

Preparation for art careers using digital technology – a blend of art, computers and journalism; includes drawing, Photoshop, graphic design, web design, animation, and video/audio editing. Numerous college-accredited courses included. Visit www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-accredited courses.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Zoned

Zoned

Humanities & Non-Profit Management

Screened

Students learn about the Humanities including archaeology, anthropology, sociology, historical research, literature and art while simultaneously gaining insight about the structure, financing, and marketing of successful non-profit organizations along with the skill set needed to succeed in this challenging field.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Environmental Engineering & Technology

Screened

Preparation for a career in environmental science and research in making meaningful contributions to sustainability issues; students will develop analytical and process skills to be well positioned to work in emerging “green” industries.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

International & Cultural Relations

Limited Unscreened

Preparation for careers using languages other than English, including translation, international diplomacy, government, international business, trade, international law, the United Nations, the Peace Corps, and other opportunities. Students will complete sequences in two foreign languages. Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese, Korean, Japanese. Numerous college-accredited courses included. Visit www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-accredited courses.

Sports Medicine & Management

Ed. Opt.

A focus on skills, knowledge, and work experience to pursue sports-related careers, inclusive of physical rehabilitation and therapy, as well as coaching, management, and media. Numerous college-accredited courses included. Visit www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-accredited courses.

Computer Programming & Web Design

Limited Unscreened

Students explore the exciting world of computer programming, web design and video game development; students have the opportunity to prepare for computer certifications. Numerous college-accredited courses included. Visit www.baysidehighschool.org for more information about college-accredited courses.

Academics

AP COURCES: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Economics: Macro, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Latin Literature, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese Native Language Arts, French, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Archon, Arista, Art, Art Show, Bayside for a Good Cause, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Black Student Union, Bowling, Break Dancing, Bridge to Medicine, Chamber Music, Chess, Computer Programming, Crafting, Debate, Drama, Gospel Choir, Green, Health Nuts, History, Jazz Pops, Junior State of America, Key Club, International, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Multicultural Clubs (Chinese, Desi, Filipino, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, European and Jewish Culture); Newspaper, Orchestra, Photography, Piano, Poetry Read Aloud, Seekers, Shakespeare Competition, Smiles for Miles, Solo Voice Recital, Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Councils, Winter and Spring Concerts, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramurals, Sports Club

Source: High school directory

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