Queens Preparatory Academy

143-10 SPRINGFIELD BOULEVARD
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
Phone: (718) 712-2304
Website: Click here
Admissions: Priority to Queens residents.
Principal: TASHON HAYWOOD
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District:29
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: STEPHANIE SMILEY
Science & Math

Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

What's special:

Stable leadership; program to improve achievement for black and Latino boys

The downside:

Some safety concerns outside Springfield Gardens complex; attendance & grad rate need improvement

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Queens Preparatory Academy was founded in 2005 with the support of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving underserved urban schools and creating small high schools.

Tashon Haywood, principal when the school opened in the Springfield Gardens High School complex in 2005, provides stable leadership.  "She pushes her staff. She pushes her students. She brings in lots of outside programs," said Malika Hibbs, director of student services for the network of schools that includes Queens Prep.

A partnership with the non-profit organization, The Me Nobody Knows, provides performing arts opportunities for Queens Prep students. The school's chapter of Junior Achievement helps students acquire financial literacy. Queens Prep students even received some news coverage for their work introducing community economics to 2nd graders at P.S. 80, Thurgood Marshall School.

Queens Prep was one of 40 city high schools selected to participate in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students. 

The school's small size allows it to provide personalized attention to students, most of whom are ill-prepared for high school. Attendance is below average for high schools in the city while the graduation rate is about average for city schools.

Spanish is the only foreign language taught. The school offers Advanced Placement classes, which have included AB and BC Calculus, English and American History.

Students and teachers offered a mixed response in the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. Most students said they feel safe inside the school, but nearly 40 percent said they don't feel safe on school property outside the building. A majority also say teachers enjoy teaching their subjects and offer extra help when needed. Most teachers gave high marks to Haywood and say the school sets high standards. One-third, however, said the school does not help students find the best way to achieve learning goals.

Queens Prep is one of several small schools housed inside the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus Building. Other campus schools include Excelsior Preparatory High School, George Washington Carver High School and the Preparatory Academy for Writers. All schools share use of the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building.

Queens Prep students wear uniforms of a collared school shirt and khakis pants or skirts.

After school: Students can participate in campus-wide sports teams. Extra-curricular activities include chess, drama, chorus, visual arts, robotics, dance and modelling. The school also runs a Saturday enrichment program.

College: The school encourages graduates to go to college. However, many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams.

Admissions: Priority to Queens students or residents who attend an information session. (Laura Zingmond, web and news reports, interview August, 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Springfield Gardens Educational Campus

Number of Students 465

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
82%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
71%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

26 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

40% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

36% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

70% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

50% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

36% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

67% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

78% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

9% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

78% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

10% 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?

0%

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

9%

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

7%

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?

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

388
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

61%

SAT math scores

385
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?

66% 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?

56% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 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. Priority to Queens students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Queens students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Queens Preparatory Academy

Limited Unscreened

Pre-Engineering: Basic training in the challenging courses related to the field of engineering; four years of math and science; exposure to the various opportunities in the engineering field and other math/science related fields.

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Brotherhood and Sisterhood Leadership Groups, MOUSE Squad, Peer Tutors, Peer Mediators, QPA Clubs, Community Service, Student Advisory Board, Improv Group, QPA School Band

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: QPA Fit For Life Intramural Program

Source: High school directory

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