Civic Leadership Academy

45-10 94TH STREET
QUEENS NY 11373 Map
Phone: (718) 271-1487
Website: Click here
Principal: Phuong Nguyen
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
District: 24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Janneth Cali
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53, Q58, Q72

What's special:

A small, close-knit community that is expanding its enrichment classes.

The downside:

The community leadership component is not well-developed.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Vision: A small, supportive school focused on service learning and leadership in the community.

The Reality: Civic Leadership Academy is a growing, close-knit community that opened in September 2008 in the Elmhurst Educational Center. "It's been like a roller coaster because we're trying to do more and more," said the ESL coordinator at the high school fair. "We finally have enough teachers to be able to offer more activities." A new music teacher is building up the program by offering an AP music theory course, mixed chorus and core music. After school he offers jazz chorus, keyboard and guitar ensemble. Other courses include psychology, forensics, bioethics and art. The parent coordinator teaches cooking and the dean coaches weight-training.

Founding Principal Phuong Nguyen was a special education teacher and a mentor teacher for several schools in Queens and Brooklyn. The first wave of students worked closely with the school's partner, the Child Center of New York, which was located in the building, but has since relocated. The Child Center provides counseling and service opportunities like peer mentoring and tutoring. Since the school lacks a full-time service learning coordinator, it has been difficult to build up other partnerships: "We do need to work on getting more community service projects at the school," said a guidance counselor. There are chances to serve and lead in school, as kids help plan fundraisers, dances, holiday-related activities and the Shakespeare Fair.

Students and parents seem pleased with the solid education at Civic Learning, according to the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. Suspensions are low and attendance is good. Ninth and 10th graders in honors English classes said they had read short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Emilio Paz. A 10th grader said she and her classmates were writing five-paragraph essays in English class and were preparing for the Regent's English exam.

The school does not have fields for official PSAL sports teams but kids can join football, baseball and bowling clubs after school. Aerobics, weight training and basketball are campus-wide, but Civic Leadership has its own gym. "We play games together, but we don't really have sports teams," said a teacher. "We're trying with football."

Children are supported in a variety of ways. A three-day summer bridge program is designed to help 9th graders feel comfortable through team-building activities. Tenth graders have an extra writing class. Tutoring and support from a trained student mentor is available after school. Eleventh and 12th graders email back and forth with adult mentors who provide a link to the professional working world and help with writing. Free SAT test prep is available on Saturdays. The school offers AP English, history and music theory. Strong students may also participate in classes at Queens College.

The school uniform is a polo shirt with the school logo and khaki pants. Polo shirts come in a variety of colors including pink, green, blue and black.

College Admissions: Two guidance counselors encourage kids to aim high: one student applied to Harvard and a couple of others to NYU and Barnard, as well as CUNY and other schools. The majority applied to in-state schools. The first class graduates in 2012.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority is given to students who attend informational meetings such as an open house or a high school fair. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, November 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Elmhurst Educational Campus

Number of Students 453

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
77%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.36 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

25 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

81% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

76% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

97% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

32% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

84% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

8% 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?

4%

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

16%

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

38%

Are students ready for college?

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

28% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

396
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

412
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?

84% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

85% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 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?

93% 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 New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Civic Leadership Academy

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition, United States Government and Politics, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: ¡Cuidate! (Youth Development Program), After-school Tutoring, Art, Bowling, Chorus, College Preparatory, Community Service, Culinary, Dance, Drama, Homework Help, Music, Poetry, Reading and Math Assistance, Step, Yearbook, Young Men's Group, Young Women's Group; Our clubs are based on our students' interests and are subject to expansion

Other schools sports: Rugby, Basketball, Bowling, Mixed Martial Arts, Soccer, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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