Excelsior Preparatory High School

143-10 SPRINGFIELD BOULEVARD
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
Phone: (718) 525-6507
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens priority
Principal: Lilly Narine Lucas
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District:29
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

What's special:

Gateway Science Program

The downside:

Some safety concerns; students would like more variety in courses

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Excelsior Preparatory High School was founded in 2005 with the support of the Institute for Student Achievement, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving underserved urban schools and creating small high schools. Students who appreciate a small school environment and have an interest in careers in science and medicine might thrive here.

Lilly N. Lucas, a former assistant principal at Excelsior Prep, took the helm in 2010 after the departure of founding principal, Derek Jones. A former student in the building, Lucas graduated from Springfield Gardens High School. As principal, "she walks down the hall and knows every student's name," according to Malika Hibbs, director of student services for the network of schools that includes Excelsior Prep. Teachers gave Lucas high marks in the 2012 Learning Environment Survey.

Excelsior has a partnership with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education which helps students prepare for careers in science. Students work with professors at Queens College and are placed in science-related internships during the school year and summer. Select students also participate in the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, where they attend a four-week program at Hofstra North Shore –LIJ School of Medicine. Through a partnership with the School for Cooperative Technical Education, older students can also pursue training in vocational and technical trade careers.

The school's small size allows it to provide personalized attention to students. A downside of the small size, however, is there isn't enough variety of classes to keep students interested in school, according to nearly half of those who took the annual survey in 2012. About one third of students said they felt unsafe in the hallways and on school property outside the building. The graduation rate and attendance are about average for city high schools.  In August, 2012, Excelsior Prep was among 123 New York City schools identified as performing in the bottom five percent state-wide.

For foreign languages, the school offers traditional classroom instruction for Spanish, and online instruction for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, and Korean.
Excelsior is one of several small schools housed inside the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus Building. Other campus schools include George Washington Carver High School, the Preparatory Academy for Writers and Queens Preparatory Academy. All schools share use of the media center, gymnasium and cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors when entering the building.

After school: Students can participate in campus-wide sports teams, the school band, clubs and enrichment classes.

College admissions: 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 new reports and interview, August, 2012).

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Springfield Gardens Educational Campus

Number of Students 480

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
83%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
5%

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

24 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

56% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

67% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

37% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

83% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

78% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

76% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

81% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 11% 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?

7%

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

19%

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

28%

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?

23% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

405
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

57%

SAT math scores

380
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?

74% 76% 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% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 53% 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?

96% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 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

Excelsior Preparatory High School

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Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Enrichment Classes, Ambassador's Clubs, Brain Bee, Brothers and Sisters Groups, Men of Distinction, Cheerleading, College Fairs and Trips, Conflict Resolution, Digital Photography, Exemplary Women, Gateway Institute, Math Club, Mayor's Youth Leadership Council, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring, Student Advisory Council, Studio Art, Portfolio Planning

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: N/A

Source: High school directory

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