Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School

109-89 204 STREET
QUEENS NY 11412 Map
Phone: (718) 454-4957
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens priority
Principal: Kimberly Mitchell
Neighborhood: St. Albans
District: 29
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: JOSIE MALDONADO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q2, Q4, Q77, Q83

What's special:

All seniors are required to take two Advanced Placement courses.

The downside:

Cramped quarters in a middle school; unproven leadership.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in a residential neighborhood with grassy lawns, Pathways College Preparatory School calls itself “a small school with big dreams.” It is linked with the College Board, the not-for-profit group best known as the developer and administrator of the SAT and Advanced Placement courses. All high school seniors are required to take two AP courses; choices are economics, literature and composition. Pathways does an adequate job of helping kids graduate from high school on time, and the majority go on to two-year colleges.

The school opened in 2005 on two floors of a building shared with I.S. 192 the Renaissance Middle School. Students wear uniforms. To provide students with social, academic and emotional support, advisory groups of 20-25 students meet for eight minutes a day, mostly to check in about homework, and for a full period on Monday to address other concerns. “We have a dedicated staff,” said Principal Kim Mitchell. “We really know each kid, and we know their needs.”

Boys in need of extra support receive mentoring through a community-based program called Joseph’s Dreams. The equivalent program for girls is The Me Nobody Knows. Interested students can learn about areas of law enforcement with the police department. Tutoring, homework help, sports and art are offered free Monday through Thursday until 6:00 p.m. through the Sports and Arts in School Foundation (SASF).

Teachers reward good behavior through a system called Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). Students redeem points or tickets for prizes and trips. To attend a dance, for example, a teen must accumulate a certain number of tickets. Middle school teachers use the system more than the high school teachers, according to Mitchell.

Juniors and seniors can take college courses in mythology and black studies through a partnership with Adelphi University. About a dozen seniors chose to take a variety of other subjects on the Adelphi campus in the first year of the program.

Principal Kim Mitchell joined Pathways in 2010. She is a former gym teacher and swim coach from the James Monroe campus who attended the Leadership Academy, the city’s training ground for principals. “I’m from the community, and it’s great to come back and work with my community,” she said. She wants to build more college partnerships and boost academics, particularly science and math. She hopes to create internships and add more sports, such as swimming. Current extra-curriculars include double-dutch, soccer, cheerleading, choir, chess, robotics, band and theater. The school boasts a championship B division basketball team. “Kids who leave 8th grade want a bigger experience,” Mitchell said. “That’s why we’ve added dance and band.”

Although some areas have marginally improved since Mitchell arrived, engagement and communication are still rated below average, as reported on the 2010-11 Learning Environment Survey. Eighty-four percent of teachers reported that they do not think the principal is an effective manager.

The school could use more space; it’s in a small building with narrow hallways built for younger children.

Special Education: Special needs and general education students are mixed in one class with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education. There is also a small class with only special needs children.

College Admissions: While the college enrollment rate is higher than the city average, only a very small number of students are considered college-ready, based on their scores on state exams. Most go to two-year colleges, and a smaller number enroll in four-year colleges.

Admissions: Priority goes to Queens students who attend an information session. Students who attend the middle school are automatically admitted to the high school. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, November 2011.)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 192

Number of Students 579

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
88%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.25 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?

39% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

38% 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?

16% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

15% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 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:

3% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

30% 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:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

8% 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:

NA 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? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 192

Number of Students 579

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
88%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.25 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?

38% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

70% 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?

16% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

70% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

89% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

0%

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

13%

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

8%

Are students ready for college?

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

21% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

427
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

405
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

Continuing Eighth Grade Program

For Continuing 8th Graders

Program for continuing eighth grade students. Our continuing eighth grade students who meet specific academic requirements will be placed on an accelerated honors track as a Pathways Early College Scholar (PECS), where they will take AP courses starting in the ninth grade, complete all requirements for an advanced high school Regents exam by end of 10th grade, and enroll in college courses in the 11th and 12th grade through Adelphi University.

Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School

Ed. Opt.

Students accepted in this program will engage in a rigorous academic program where they will complete all requirements for a Regents diploma by the end of 10th grade. Students will also be able to choose an art or technology track to fulfill their elective requirements and be exposed to various leadership and real world experiences to ensure they are college ready. Starting in the 11th grade students will enroll in college courses on-site at Pathways. During their 12th grade qualifying students will take courses off site at Adelphi University. Upon graduation students will have accumulated a minimum of 12 college credits.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Economics, AP English, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Christian Club, Student Government, Advisory Council, Yearbook, Mock Trial, College Summit Peer Leaders, College Tours and Trips, MOUSE Squad, Global Kidz, PGC Leaders, Drumline, College Tours, Fitness Club, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer

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

Other schools sports: Cheerleading, basketball, track, volleyball, swimming, soccer

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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