Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI

8-21 BAY 25 STREET
QUEENS NY 11691 Map
Phone: (718) 471-6934
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: GARY DUMORNAY
Neighborhood: Far Rockaway
District: 27
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: TAMIKA RIVERA
Unzoned
Citywide

What's special:

The school is modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training

The downside:

Students must enter through a metal detector

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI (KAPPA VI) occupies two floors in the beautiful Far Rockaway campus. Though students must enter through a metal detector, Principal Gary Dumornay is on hand to welcome his students to this unusual public school, modeled after the Air Force philosophy of leadership training. Students, who are called cadets, wear a formal uniform of blue slacks (khaki for eighth graders), light blue shirts, ties and, on Fridays, jackets. Each class, called a squadron, is named after a NASA space mission, such as Apollo, Odyssey and Endeavor.

The school’s aim is to be an “Ivy League Middle School Academy,” with a long-run goal of preparing students for college. It appears to be making strides in that direction. The school offers the high school-level algebra and Living Environment Regents exams to eighth graders, increasing the chance that they will be prepared to take Advanced Placement courses in high school. Students are encouraged to take the specialized high school admissions test, and every year some are accepted. Apart from the city-wide dip in test scores in 2010, KAPPA VI students have so far done well on both English language arts and math tests. In fact, math at the school is a point of pride, and the school’s math team competes in city-wide math competitions, and has done very well at recent events. Students also compete to answer a weekly math problem, with a prize for the first correct answer.

Some students continue to struggle with some basic skills. However, both Dumornay and the teachers we spoke with stress the level of support they are offering students, including after school and Saturday help and illustrations of how to structure their writing. We looked over student essays in a variety of subjects, and they show the result of this help. The essays were clearly organized and thoughtful, yet some contained some basic grammatical and spelling errors.

KAPPA VI also offers a wide range of enrichment courses, including art and music. During our visit we heard the student band playing the opening theme of “Star Wars.” More than half the students stay for after school activities, which include homework help, leadership activities and even flight simulation. Students also visit local colleges, like St. John’s University and New York University.

Dumornay stresses that parent involvement is a key part of making the school work. Parents must sign a contract when their child is accepted, requiring them to participate in at least eight Parent-Teacher Association meetings, and to make sure students wear their uniforms every day.

Special Education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching classes.

Admissions: Parents must attend an open house to get an application. Students must submit grades and an essay. Both parents and student are interviewed by the school. Most students are from Queens, but the school accepts students from other boroughs. (Tom Jacobs, March 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Far Rockaway Educational Campus

Number of Students 262

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
60%

Hispanic

  
32%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
8%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.91 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?

68% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

13% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

63% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

3% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

19% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

37% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

88% 85% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 6% 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:

8% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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