Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

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94-50 159 STREET
QUEENS NY 11433 Map
Phone: (718) 657-3181
Website: Click here
Admissions: competitive exam
Principal: Lenneen Gibson
Neighborhood: Jamaica/ Briarwood
District: 28
Grade range: 9-12
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: Q110, Q111, Q112, Q113, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q3, Q31, Q36, Q4, Q41, Q42, Q5, Q56, Q6, Q60, Q65, Q76, Q8, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q9

What's special:

A challenging curriculum on a college campus

The downside:

School doesn't have its own building; few team sports

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College is one of three small specialized high schools to open on college campuses in 2002. Entrance is based on the same exam used for Stuyvesant and Bronx Science and all the kids are high-achievers. "You don't have to travel two hours to get a quality math and science education," said Principal David Marmor, formerly an assistant principal in charge of science at Francis Lewis High School, adding that commute time could instead be put to good use in a research lab or volunteering in a hospital. In October 2011, Marmor replaced Jie Zhang, who left to become network leader in charge of 30 area schools, including Queens Science.

The school occupies one floor and assorted rooms in a 2-story building across the street from the main York College building. Students have access to the college cafeteria, library, gym and swimming pool. Average class size is 26, according to the principal. We saw up to 33 in English and History classes and 35 in a robotics elective. A Spanish class had nine students, and a study hall, with a teacher available for extra help, had only two.

Queens requires all kids to take two periods of science each year. Most have completed all high school math requirements by sophomore year and move on to advanced placement courses and electives. Students may pair up with York College professors to pursue scientific projects. One completed a biochemistry project through the York chemistry department. In addition to a variety of AP courses, students have the opportunity to participate in college classes, like sociology, computer, or psychology. A junior tackling three AP classes said she had 4 to 5 hours of homework a night.

Although the school has a science/math focus, a senior said his favorite subject was history. "We learn why things happen," he said. Indeed, as 10th grade World History students discussed women's status in the 18th century, the teacher sparked debate by bringing up England's recent royal wedding. Eighteenth century women were "tools for desire and not really respected," said a student. "What about Kate Middleton?" the teacher asked. "Everyone is focused on her waist size, not how intelligent she is or isn't."

The school has a solid art program and a robotics elective. Nineteen clubs are offered, among them digital photography, chess, volleyball, film, knitting and some service and academic-oriented choices. They take place on Friday afternoons for 45 minutes. For sports, the school offers handball, tennis, swimming and bowling.

College Admissions: Graduates have gone on to Ivy Leagues like Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Brown, Cooper Union, Yale, University of Michigan and University of Chicago and CUNY and SUNY colleges. Queens Science was ranked one of the top 100 high schools in the country by US News & World Report for three years in a row.

Special education: At the time of our visit, the school did not have any children with special needs, but when they do, the IEP requirements are met on an individual basis as needed.

Admissions: Admission is based solely on the results of the Specialized High School Admissions Test, administered to 8th and 9th graders in October or November. There are two open houses for prospective parents and students in October. (Lydie Raschka, October 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 419

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
74%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
6%

Free Lunch

  
62%

Special ed

  
0%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.85 2.40 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

23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

95% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

3% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

100% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 10% 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?

84%

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

43%

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

100%

Are students ready for college?

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

100% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

623
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

697
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

84% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents who take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Source: High school directory

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

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Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Physics B, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Amnesty International, Arista Honor Society, Art History, Art Portfolio Preparation, Biology, Board Game, Book, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads, Chess, Chorus, Christian Fellowship, Dance, Digital Photography, Drawing, Film, Intel Science Talent Search, Jazz Ensemble, Key Club, Knitting, Leadership Class, Literary Magazine, Math Competitions, Math Team, Model UN, Music, Music Appreciation, Newspaper, Peer Tutoring, Polar Bear Club, Radio Drama, Science, Siemens Science Competition, Sigma Sorority, Student Government, Volleyball, Environmental

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Handball, Swimming, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Bowling, Swimming

Other schools sports: Bowling, Dance, Handball, Swimming, Tennis

Source: High school directory

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