Young Women's Leadership School, Queens

150-91 87 ROAD
QUEENS NY 11432 Map
Phone: (718) 725-0402
Website: Click here
Admissions: Districts 28, 29
Principal: Mala Panday
Neighborhood: Briarwood
District: 28
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: LESLIE HARDING
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

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What's special:

Supportive atmosphere for girls

The downside:

Limited sports, clubs and art

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Across the street from one of the largest high schools in the borough, The Young Women's Leadership School for Girls (TYWLS), Queens offers a small, rigorous and supportive setting for girls in 6th through 12th grade. Boasting a better-than-average high school graduation rate, the school is a draw for many working-class new immigrant families. "I'm here because of the graduation rate," said a 6th-grade student.

The clean corridors at TYWLS, Queens brim with ambition and hope. Housed in a former community center, the school opened in 2005 as the third in a network of Young Women's Leadership schools, designed, as stated in the school directory, "to replicate the best practices of private and independent girls' schools."

College is emphasized from the beginning. Starting in 6th grade, students take yearly trips to visit college campuses. The office of the full-time college counselor has a bank of computers for filling out college applications. In 2014, one senior went to the University of Notre Dame on a full scholarship; another was accepted at Wesleyan College. About one-quarter of students choose small New York State liberal arts schools; others opt for two- and four-year City University of New York (CUNY) schools; a few leave the state. "Out of 60 seniors, every girl was accepted to a college of her choice," said Principal Mala Panday. As a group, the 2014 graduating seniors were offered over $4 million in scholarships.

The girls and their parents want more; on school surveys they've asked for more advanced classes, more clubs, more sports and more art. The school now offers up to 15 clubs and has added Advanced Placement courses in environmental science, calculus AB, English literature and composition, Spanish literature, U.S. history and physics (as of 2015-2016).

The school has well-developed English language arts (ELA) classes. "We are number one in the district for ELA," said one of two middle school English teachers. She works closely with a colleague to prepare students for state exams. The girls do lots of writing, she said; one perk of a smaller school is that teachers often have more time to engage in the back and forth feedback that strengthens a student's writing.

Principal Panday is a former middle school science teacher who joined the TYWLS staff in 2013. Under her leadership the middle school has increased the number of hours of English and math instruction, and has added a rare two to three science labs per semester to prepare middle school students for high school lab work. We watched girls prepare to make Rube Goldberg–style contraptions incorporating simple machines in one science lab.

As a small school, of course, TYWLS cannot be all things to all students. On school surveys some students and parents cite a lack of variety in programs, classes and activities. In response, the school has a budding partnership with neighboring Hillcrest High School designed to expand offerings in the arts.

The school has sought to "better understand the middle school mindset," Panday said. Students in 6th through 8th grades gather two or three times a week in small groups to role-play, talk and make journal entries on themes of importance at their age. The themes in their advisory program include: "trust your gut," "get help," "follow your passions," and "have courage."

All girls receive Spanish or French, and about a dozen seniors take a trip to Paris. In addition to chorus and art during the day, a rock band meets before and after school. There are two after-school programs; one lasts until 6 pm and offers swimming lessons. TYWLS has a winning track and field team and several other sports teams.

Special education: There are team-taught classes at every grade level, in which students with special needs learn alongside their general education peers.

Admissions: The middle school is open to students living in districts 28 and 29 who do well on standardized tests. The high school is open citywide, with preference to continuing 8th-graders and residents of Queens. Applicants must take a tour with families. TYWLS looks for a mix of students who are not just high-achievers but those who are motivated to go to college. In 9th grade roughly 30 spots open up, but the principal expects this number will decline as more students stay due to greater course offerings. Some girls leave for a co-ed setting or more sports and arts after 8th grade, she said. (Lydie Raschka, November 2014)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
32%

Black

  
46%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.46 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?

55% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 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?

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?

17% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

57% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 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:

36% 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:

13% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

29% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
32%

Black

  
46%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.46 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?

69% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 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?

17% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

88% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 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?

7%

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

14%

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

25%

Are students ready for college?

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

36% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

420
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

415
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

The Young Women's Leadership School, Queens

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 77-100) , Math (Scores 67-100) , Science (Scores 68-100) , Social Studies (Scores 68-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5

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

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Math, Reading Rainbow/Reading, Debate, Student Government, Community Action, Tuesday Tutoring, Glamour Girls, Rock Bank, Queens Community House, Cheerleading, National/Junior Honor Society, Explosive Tigerettes, FEMCHO

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

Other schools sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Double Dutch, Volleyball, and Track & Field

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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