Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School

207- 01 116TH AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11411 Map
Phone: (718) 978-1837
Website: Click here
Admissions: Ed Opt
Principal: JOSE CRUZ
Neighborhood: Cambria Heights
District:29
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: KAREEN ARMSTRONG
Science & Math

Buses: Q27, Q4, Q77, Q83, Q84

What's special:

Students take college courses to prepare for careers in medicine.

The downside:

Few advanced courses; campus-wide concern for security.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Math, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (MAST) is one of four small schools housed in the Campus Magnet building, the former home of Andrew Jackson High School, which was shut down in the mid-1990's for poor performance. Overall, MAST has the best record of achievement among the Campus Magnet schools. Though many students start school performing below grade level, the school also attracts more students with solid math and science skill than the other Campus Magnet schools.

The school offers honors classes in English and math and participates in campus-wide Advanced Placement classes, open to students in all four schools. There are College Now classes in select subjects and MAST participates in the Queens Bridges to Medicine program, where highly motivated students take courses at York College to prepare them for careers in medicine and the sciences. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

Unlike the newer breed of small schools that were created with the support of outside organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MAST and its sister schools in the building opened with little vision and fewer resources. After languishing for years with poor student achievement, MAST made some gains with the help of improved organization building-wide, a steady increase in its graduation rate and the best attendance rate among all schools in the building. A low percentage of students, however, are considered “college ready,” indicating that they scored high enough on state exams to avoid remedial classes at CUNY.

The entire campus was designated an Impact School in the 2006-07 school year, meaning that it was identified by the city as a facility in need of extra security. The school came off the Impact list a year later and was reorganized, with each school assigned its own dedicated space and lunch and gym periods. Unfortunately, security concerns persist, requiring students in all schools to enter the building through a single entrance in the cafeteria where they must pass through metal detectors.

The addition of a campus-wide Assistant Principal of Security in 2011 is helping the schools unify their efforts to improve student safety and the overall tone of the building. Students in all schools now wear uniforms; MAST Students wear purple polo shirts with black bottoms. “The culture of the building has changed a bit,” said a MAST teacher. “Now kids go straight to class, they don’t linger in the hallways and we know exactly who our kids are and if someone from another school is not where they’re supposed to be.”

In the 2010-11 Learning Environment survey, teachers gave low marks to the administration, with 65 percent describing the principal, Jose Cruz, as an ineffective manager. The majority of students who answered the survey felt that they were offered good academic support, although 38 percent gave low marks for safety on school grounds outside the building. Nearly half of all students said the school is not kept clean.

The Campus Magnet building is situated in a quiet, residential area surrounded by small homes. The building's early 20th century architecture exudes a pleasant and welcoming aura, boasting a stately entrance surrounded by manicured lawns, wrought iron fencing and a flag pole soaring several stories high. All four schools, which also include Humanities & Arts Magnet High School; Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship; and Law, Government, and Community Service, share use of the auditorium, gym, cafeteria, newly renovated library and sports fields out back.

The school is not near any subway lines. Most students take the E or F train to the Parsons Boulevard station and transfer to a bus.

There are Special Education Teaching Support Services (SETSS), and there is a small population of English language learners who get extra help from campus-wide ESL instructors who serve students in all schools.

There are campus-wide PSAL sports including basketball, football, bowling, track, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball and softball.

College: Less than half of students who enter the school as ninth graders end up attending college, just under the citywide average. College-bound graduates usually go to two- or four- year colleges at CUNY or SUNY.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, visited November 2008; updated with interviews at high school fair, October 2011)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Magnet Educational (Andrew Jackson) Campus

Number of Students 416

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
77%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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

16 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

11% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

68% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

19% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

39% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

69% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

83% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

78% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

5% 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?

0%

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

38%

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

22%

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?

31% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

438
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

65%

SAT math scores

436
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?

69% 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?

29% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 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. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Science Research

Ed. Opt.

Focuses on academic excellence, meeting all standards via the integration of scientific and technological instruction

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology

Online: Biology, United States History, World History

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: ARISTA National Honor Society, American Historical Society, Queensborough Community College, WISE Financial Literacy Program, Christian Students Club, Yearbook Club, UFO International (Talent Show), Student Government & Senior Council, Young Men’s Alliance, Project Prize, Urban DNA Bar Code Project, Cheerleading, FDNY Explorers, Girls Cheerleading Squad, SAT Prep, Regents Prep, College Now, Haitian Club

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

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading, "Hoop It Up" Battle Week Intramurals

Source: High school directory

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