Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School

An Insideschools pick
160-20 GOETHALS AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11432 Map
Phone: (718) 969-3155
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened/Priority to continuing 8th graders
Principal: Judy Henry
Neighborhood: Jamaica Estates
District: 28
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: CAROLA CRAIG
Health Professions
Screened

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

What's special:

Students do research in the Queens Hospital library

The downside:

Large classes of 30 to 34 students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

UPDATE MAY 2014: There have been many changes at Gateway since Insideschools' last visit. The review below reflects the administration of Dr. Cynthia Edwards who left in 2012.  Judy Henry, formerly principal at Science Skills and South Shore High School, became principal in 2012. There are now fewer upper level science courses and no AP chemistry, biology or physics classes and some of the affiliations with outside science programs and institutions are no longer active, including the Bridge to Medicine Program at York College and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  

2010 REVIEW: Queens Gateway to Health Sciences is a rigorous middle- and high school with diverse, hard-working students, passionate teachers and a special mission that encourages students to consider careers in the medical field. Most of its graduates go to four-year colleges, and many have gone on to pursue careers as doctors, pharmacists and other medical occupations. Located right next door to Queens Hospital in a brand new building, students have access to the hospital library for research, and many students volunteer at the hospital during the summer, which can lead to internships. Professionals from Queens and Mount Sinai hospitals – including doctors and administrators – come to speak to the students about their experience working in the medical field.

The school offers a variety of medical-themed courses for the different grades. Seventh graders take a cardiovascular lab, and wear bright blue scrubs to school on the days that they take the class. Ninth and tenth graders take a general course called "medical health and wellness."Students in the upper grades can take a DNA lab with the AP Biology teacher. The new building has special demonstration labs built specifically for these classes, as well as two regular science labs and a mock doctor's office, complete with patient examination table.

Many seniors also participate in the CUNY College Now program and the Bridge to Medicine program at York College, which is a one-year intensive academic program that prepares minority and disadvantaged high school seniors to attend Sophie Davis and other pre-med programs. Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education offers a fast-track five-year program that combines an undergraduate education with the first two years of medical school. Students then transfer to one of six medical schools in New York State.

Academics at Queens Gateway are strong, and admissions are competitive, with 1,500 applicants for just 100 spots in recent years. The school was ranked as a silver medalist by U.S. News & World Report’s List of America's Best High Schools. The school offers AP Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, United States History, and World History. Students already do two to three hours of homework a night, but the students we spoke with wished that there were more AP courses, and Principal Cynthia Edwards hopes to expand the offerings as the school grows. Classes range from 30 to 34 students.

The teachers we spoke with felt that the school was an excellent place to teach at because the students were well-behaved and hard-working. In recent years, however, Department of Education’s Learning Environment Surveys suggest that teachers felt shut out of decision-making. The assistant principal says the administration is working hard to improve communication with the teachers.

Special education: Queens Gateway has very limited special education services. Its building houses a school operated by District 75, the citywide district for students with severe disabilities

Admissions: Middle-schoolers are screened for attendance and punctuality, and a minimum of 80 in every subject. Continuing eighth graders have priority in high school admissions, then residents of districts 28 and 29. It will admit its first class of sixth graders in 2011. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 726

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
35%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
64%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.13 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?

65% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

50% 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?

7% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

80% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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:

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 726

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
35%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
64%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.13 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?

24% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

50% 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?

7% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

98% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

98% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 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?

26%

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

28%

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

86%

Are students ready for college?

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

84% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

511
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

524
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 Gateway to Health Sciences

Screened

Provides ongoing exposure to health science careers. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and science.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 70-100) , Math (Scores 70-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 70-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

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

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Debate, Blood Drive, Arista, Band, Basketball, Breast Cancer Awareness, City Harvest, College Prep, Debate, Disaster Relief, Double Dutch, FED Challenge, Feed the Hungry, Guidance, Haitian Relief, Health and Wellness, Independent Study, Leadership, Mock Trial, Physics, PM School, Regents Tutoring, Community Service, Journalism, Social Wellness, St. Jude ChildrenŒÍs Research Hospital, Step Team, Student Government, Teacher Assistant Program (TAP), Theatre Guild, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Rugby

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Boys Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Floor Hockey, Table Tennis

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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