World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School

34-65 192 STREET
QUEENS NY 11358 Map
Phone: (718) 461-2219
Website: Click here
Admissions: MS: District 25 by application; HS: unscreened
Principal: Cynthia Schneider
Neighborhood: Flushing/ College Pt.
District: 25
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Helen Reed
Science & Math
Communications

Buses: Q13, Q16, Q28, Q31, Q76

What's special:

In-school film studio; lots of AP classes for a small school.

The downside:

Limited course offerings.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At World Journalism Preparatory School, newspaper editing, video reporting and web site development are all integrated into the curriculum. The school, located on the top floor of IS 25, has a computer lab equipped with both PCs and Macs, plenty of laptop computers and sophisticated video equipment.

The school is living up to its primary objective as a small school offering kids a lot of attention. Students attend daily "advisory" sessions, which are small discussion groups lead by a teacher. Online progress reports allow parents to log in daily from their home computers to review their child's homework assignments, teacher comments, and student blogs.

There aren't a lot of electives, but the emphasis on journalism allows for interesting projects. In high school, students create mock news reports in the school's film studio. The school website showcases a range of student work from videos on the WJPS Broadcast News Channel to articles in The Blazer, the student newspaper.

Opened in 2006, World Journalism serves students in grades 6 through 12. The school is the brainchild of founding principal, Cynthia Schneider, who taught English and journalism for 25 years in the Midwest before moving to New York.

In middle school, there’s less emphasis on journalism. Students study core subjects and take electives including dance and music.

In 9th grade students sit for the PSATs (usually taken in the 10th grade) and are expected to take three Regents exams. "I don't want these tests to be the end all and be all in school," Schneider said, acknowledging that not all students are prepared to do well on these tests by the 9th grade. "But by the time it really matters, our kids will be where they should be in terms of performance even if they have to take some of the tests over." She believes that the official four-year graduation rate of 89 percent is not completely accurate because long-term absentees, students who neither showed up for school nor could be located, but remained on the school’s roster, account for a good chunk of those counted as not graduating on time.

The school offers seven Advanced Placement classes, and high achieving students take AP American History in the 9th grade. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

Students are required to wear the school uniform of a collared shirt with the school emblem and pants other than jeans. Students also have a school blazer which they must wear on trips and for special events. World Journalism shares the building's library, gym, auditorium and cafeteria with IS 25 and students from a small District 75 program.

The school is not located near any subway lines, but it is two blocks from the Auburndale LIRR station and near bus stops.

The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes, in which two teachers oversee a class mixing general education students with students with special needs.

Students participate in Model UN, intramural sports and clubs ranging from writing and photography to environmental causes and music. World Journalism high school students can participate in PSAL teams at Francis Lewis High School.

College: The school graduated its first class in 2010. Every graduate in 2011 received multiple offers from schools such as Skidmore, Lehigh, Northeastern, Syracuse, and the University of Michigan, the principal said.

Admissions: The middle school limits admission to students from District 25 and attracts motivated students seeking an alternative to their large, zoned schools. Students are encouraged to stay at the school through the 12 grade.

Admission to the high school is limited-unscreened, with priority to World Journalism 8th graders and then to students who attend an information session. Typically, there are 30-40 seats available for incoming 9th graders who attended other middle schools. (Laura Zingmond, school visit October, 2007; updated through interviews at high school fair, October, 2011)

 

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 25

Number of Students 609

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
53%

Free Lunch

  
49%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.12 2.60 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?

45% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

70% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

15% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

37% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

66% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

94% 87% 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 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 25

Number of Students 609

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
53%

Free Lunch

  
49%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.73 2.40 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:

44% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

37% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

32 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

45% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

19% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

95% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

91% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

93% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 10% 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?

23%

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

9%

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

20%

Are students ready for college?

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

38% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

477
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

447
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

53% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

73% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

89% 54% 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?

97% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

World Journalism Preparatory

Limited Unscreened

Franklin Center Science and Technology

Limited Unscreened

This program provides an honors-level sequence of courses in science, technology, engineering, and math. This challenging scholastic experience includes preparation for authentic science research and writing in signature national science competitions (Intel, Westinghouse, Siemens). Additionally, Franklin Center students will publish a juried science journal (non-print) of original science research under the mentorship of leading science teachers, scientists, and publishers.

Academics

AP COURSES: Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Broadcast, Competitive Speech and Debate, Drama, Election Connection, Environmental, Greek, Friday Jam, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Newspaper, Photography, Principal's Advisory, Publications, Readings and Performances, Screenwriting, Spanish, Student Government, Student Newspaper, Town Hall, Videography, Web Design, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports program; PSAL with Francis Lewis High School

Source: High school directory

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