York Early College Academy

108-35 167 STREET
QUEENS NY 11433 Map
Phone: (718) 262-8547
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 28 priority
Principal: Noah Angeles
Neighborhood: Jamaica
District: 28
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: LINDA PERRY
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q111, Q112, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q42, Q5, Q60, Q83, Q84, Q85, X64

What's special:

Chance to graduate from high school with two years of college credits

The downside:

Some security concerns about the neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

York Early College Academy, housed in a wing of JHS 8 in Jamaica, has high expectations, a longer school year and an accelerated curriculum that includes college classes at York College for high school juniors and seniors. The average class size is 27, smaller than most New York City middle and high schools.

The school gets high marks from students, parents and teachers. Students say the work is challenging and that their teachers encourage them to succeed, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school has created an environment in which it’s okay to be smart: students who get good grades are respected, according to the survey. Attendance is high. [Photo from school website]

“Families hold the school in high regard as a place that provides all students with a high quality education,” a reviewer from the Department of Education said after visiting the school.

Some students are worried about security in the area around the school, but they feel safe once they are inside, according to the survey. York Early College Academy has its own entrance to the JHS 8 building.

Beginning in 6th grade, children are encouraged to think about attending college; many take the algebra Regents exam in 8th grade and the English Regents exam in 10th grade—a year early than most high school students. High school juniors and seniors go to the York College campus about a mile from the middle school building; by the time they graduate, some have earned two years of college credit.

York Early College Academy is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. Students take enrichment classes in July. They may take part in Poetry Slams, or visit laboratories at York College to see scientists at work.

Principal Deborah Burnett has “a really good relationship with the parents” and “an open door policy,” said Cass Conrad, a CUNY official who provides support to the school.

Special education: The school offers team-teaching classes but it does not have self-contained classes.

Admissions: District 28. For middle school, students who attend an information session get preference. Most students are admitted in 6th grade, but there are a few seats available in 9th grade. For high school, admission is screened; students must have average grades of 70 and score at least Level 2 on standardized tests. (Clara Hemphill, interview and statistics, September 2012)

Middle InsideStats

Click tabs above to see school stats

At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with JHS 8 and the Emerson School

Number of Students 621

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
30%

Black

  
51%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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?

71% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 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?

8% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

63% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 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:

39% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

20% 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:

14% 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:

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:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

Click tabs above to see school stats

At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with JHS 8 and the Emerson School

Number of Students 621

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
30%

Black

  
51%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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?

79% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 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?

8% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

99% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 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?

0%

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

96%

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

66%

Are students ready for college?

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

71% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

481
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

496
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

York Early College Academy

Screened

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Art, Culture, Dance, Debate Team, Drama, Journalism, Math, Peer Tutors, Student Government

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Girls Step Team

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Comments

Please post comments

  • Give specific examples. Tell us why this school rocks (or doesn't)
  • No profanity. No racial or ethnic slurs. No personal attacks
  • Criticism is fine but don't be nasty.
  • Flag inappropriate comments. (Hover your cursor over comments to see flag)