East-West School of International Studies

An Insideschools pick
46-21 COLDEN STREET
QUEENS NY 11355 Map
Phone: (718) 353-0009
Website: Click here
Admissions: Limited unscreened
Principal: Benjamin Sherman
Neighborhood: Flushing
District: 25
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: BENJAMIN SHERMAN
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q27, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q65

What's special:

Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages; lots of after-school clubs and tutoring

The downside:

School’s small size limits advanced and college-level classes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The East-West School of International Studies offers up to four years Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as Asian-inspired arts and sports such as anime (Japanese cartoons), Korean drumming, Chinese calligraphy and judo. Smaller than most Queens high schools, East-West has a caring staff and tutoring for students who need extra attention and support.

 The school, which serves students in grades 6 to 12, shares space with JHS 237, the Rachel L. Carson School. Students “try out” each of the three languages, and then commit to studying one. All students are required to take at least three years of language classes.

 “All of our kids are great kids,” says Principal Benjamin Sherman, who founded the school in 2006, in part inspired by his experience of living in Asia for 12 years. “Many students have an interest in Asian culture. It could be in Korean fashion, Japanese anime, Chinese food. Then they come here and start learning one of those three languages – Chinese, Japanese, Korean – and they quickly learn there is more to the culture.” By the end of their first year, students can count, introduce themselves and do basic reading and writing. After four years, a student is expected to be fluent and ready for advanced language courses in college, he says.

 Hallways and classroom walls were festooned with student art and decorations for the Chinese New Year at the time of our visit. After-school activities include Korean painting and Erhu musical instruments. A limited number of students go on trips to China and Japan. Families must usually pay the airfare. Student Nicholas Fontanet said he found it difficult to connect to his classes, but as a result of his three-week trip to Korea, “Something clicked,” he said. “I want to go to college now.” 

 East-West also offers a solid list of college prep classes, including calculus, economics, physics and marine biology. Students are pushed to get an Advanced Regents diploma, though Sherman admits that many students fear the commitment this requires.  The school did not offer Advanced Placement classes at the time of our visit, although students may take college classes through CUNY’s College Now program.

Special education:The schools offers SETSS, CTT and other services. The school is participating in a DOE pilot that seeks to provide students with as much classroom inclusion as possible. “None of our special ed students have ever dropped out,” Sherman said. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program’s specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

Admissions: East West International accepts applications by lottery for 81 seats in its sixth grade class with preference given to students in District 25. More than half of middle school students stay on for high school and students from around the city can apply for the remaining 30 to 40 high school seats. The school does not screen academically, so any student interested in the Asian languages and culture may apply. (Kim Nauer, March 2011)

 

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 237

Number of Students 681

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
67%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.74 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

60% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

16% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

73% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

61% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA 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:

13% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

33% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 9% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

37% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 237

Number of Students 681

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
67%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.74 2.39 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:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

70% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

60% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

89% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

16% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

89% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

2% 9% 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?

32%

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

39%

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

53%

Are students ready for college?

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

63% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

457
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

521
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

East-West School of International Studies

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East-West School of International Studies for Current Students

For Continuing 8th Graders

Open only to continuing 8th graders.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Advisory, Yearbook, Anime, Art, Can You 24?, Chinese Erhu, College Trips, Chinese Culture, Dance, Drama, GSA, Hispanic, Judo, NAACP, Key Club, Korean Painting, KPOP, Leadership Trip to Korea, Literacy Lab, Martial Arts, Model UN, Multicultural Night, National Honor Society, NYPD Explorers Program, OST Homework Help, Peer Mediation, Photography, Pre-Med, Robotics, Student Government, Summer in Japan, School Musical, School Newspaper, Talent Show; Other clubs by student request

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

Other schools sports: Judo, Martial Arts, Morning Sports Program, Team Basketball, Team Soccer

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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