Baccalaureate School for Global Education

An Insideschools pick

34-12 36 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11106 Map
Phone: (718) 361-5275
Website: Click here
Admissions: Open to Queens residents
Wheelchair accessible
selective
Principal: KELLY JOAN JOHNSON
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 30
Grade range: 07 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: MARGARET PASACH

Buses: Q101, Q102, Q104, Q66

What's special:

Ambitious IB program in a laid-back atmosphere

The downside:

No gym and a shortage of computers

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Serving a diverse population primarily from Queens, the Baccalaureate School for Global Studies combines serious learning with a laid-back atmosphere. Kids whirl through typical high school requirements by the end of 10th grade, then take demanding upper level courses. It is the first public school in New York City in which all students prepare for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. The school is located in a former pocketbook factory, an inviting space, where light streams in through lofty windows.

Many staff wear jeans and students are trusted to keep cell phones out of sight. “We’re not a big rule place,” said guidance counselor Timothy David-Lang. Adding to the informal feel, kids carry coats and backpacks from class to class because lockers are located inside rooms so access is only allowed at the beginning, middle and end of the day. Music wafted out of the teen-friendly college office filled with posters and art. Seniors can go out every day for lunch if they wish. “It’s cozier,” said an 8th grade girl, “the environment is more friendly.”

In grades 7 through 10 students prepare for the New York State Regents exams and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which includes 100 hours of community service and a creative personal project. On the day of our visit the 10th grade class was off to the main branch of the New York Public Library with their advisors to do research for their projects – past topics of which include “My Ecuadorian Culture”, “Writing Fiction Stories”, “How to Make a Thermoelectric Cooler” and “Animation – My Future.”

Students in grades 11 and 12 study six subject areas: chemistry or biology, math, History of the Americas, visual arts or technology, English and another language (Spanish, Mandarin or French). Other features include a Theory of Knowledge course, 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and a research essay of up to 4000-words. CAS might involve volunteering in a library or tutoring, exploring the arts and getting involved in a sport.

The school day runs from 8 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. and classes are 70 minutes long. Up to a third of the 7th grade class and some upperclassmen stay for another hour, the “8th period,” it’s called, for extra help or simply to work away from distractions. Students said they have between one and three hours of homework a night. “You can’t be lazy,” said an 8th grader.

In a 7th grade history class we watched students jot down their thoughts after they’d read and discussed primary sources and differing viewpoints on the legacy of Christopher Columbus. The amount of writing they churned out was impressive. Graduate students from Sarah Lawrence teach a creative writing elective and an after school seminar.

In most classrooms, students sat in groups of four at square tables. “They love discussions,” said Mike Mehan, a math teacher in his first year at the school. He and a colleague said they employ mini explorative projects – like cutting up strips of numbers written in scientific notation and asking kids to order and convert them into standard notation. On the other hand, an 11th and 12th grade math class is entirely on Power Point.

One challenge is bringing incoming 9th graders up to speed. Two teachers expressed a desire for more professional development, which they said has been cut back. Another said more computers would be helpful especially when there is an elective involving computers like one called Game Development.

A number of the staff speak Spanish and try to meet the needs of those who speak no English at home. During the course of the day David-Lang checked in with a student’s parent, in Spanish, by phone. Later, he mentioned that the school’s small size poses social challenges for some teens.

Gym takes place outside in one of two nearby parks, in the “fitness” room or in the mirrored studio filled with yoga gear. The school has a band but no orchestra or drama. Clubs vary depending on interest but one constant is a service club called Helping Hands and another is the newspaper. Many of these motivated kids pursue talents on their own time.

College admissions: Peter Wilson, long-time college advisor, works closely with students: “If I don’t see kids for a week I go find them,” he said. Rising seniors gather in the summer for six weeks to work on college applications and essays. Nearly all graduates go to four-year colleges. Acceptances have included the University of Michigan, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Barnard and Sarah Lawrence. About half the seniors receive IB diplomas.

Special education: The special education population is small and their needs are met on an individual basis.

Admissions: There is an open house in mid-December for prospective 7th graders. Students must submit report cards and a recommendation. The school administers a test on reading, writing and math skills in January. Group interviews take place in March. Incoming 9th graders take their test in the fall. Roughly a third of the 9th grade class leaves to attend specialized or private high schools opening up about 25 spots. “Our admissions process is not designed to only take the top students,” said David-Lang. “We take very seriously our mission to provide an elite credential to a wide-range of students.” (November 2011, Lydie Raschka)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 500

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
45%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
19%

White

  
32%

Free Lunch

  
44%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.81 2.80 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?

72% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

57% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

42% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

89% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

57% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

3% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

95% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

96% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

NA 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

98% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

99% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 500

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
45%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
19%

White

  
32%

Free Lunch

  
44%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.70 2.80 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:

96% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

95% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

32 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

57% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

98% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

3% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

98% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

97% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

99% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

70%

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

0%

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

62%

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?

91% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

585
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

94%

SAT math scores

618
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?

90% 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?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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?

79% 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 continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Queens students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

International Baccalaureate Program

Screened

Middle years and diploma programs for advanced achievement in Math, Science, Technology, Humanities, Arts, Foreign Language, and Required Community Service.

Selection Criteria

  • English (90-100) , Math (90-100) , Science (90-100) , Social Studies (90-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Fitness, Basketball, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance, Debate, Girls Softball, Global Action Project, Instrumental Music, Junior and Senior Student Councils, Library and Laptop Access for Research and Homework, Math, Musical Theater, Newspaper, Peer Tutoring, Robotics, Subject Tutoring, Table Tennis, Visual Art, Vocal and Instruments, Yearbook, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Softball

Other schools sports: Varies yearly based on student interest

Source: High school directory

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