Goldie Maple Academy

3-65 BEACH 56 STREET
QUEENS NY 11692 Map
Phone: (718) 945-3300
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective, District 27 priority
Principal: Angela Logan-Smith
Neighborhood: Arverne
District: 27
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: SHARMILA COLEMAN
Number of full-day PK seats: 54
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
Screened
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Longer school day, rich curriculum

The downside:

Too soon to tell if school-wide departmentalization works well

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Goldie Maple Academy (GMA) students have a longer school day and, starting in pre-k, change classes for select subjects. The school is a model site for Core Knowledge instruction and hosts visitors from schools across the state. Based on the work of Dr. E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, Core Knowledge is designed to expose students to a broad range of historical, scientific and cultural topics from an early age. For instance, all students, including pre-k, study Shakespeare with teachers using age-appropriate adaptations for the young grades.

Students tackle sophisticated work early on. In the younger grades they learn world geography, and can explain literary devices such as personification; we saw lengthy written explanations of math problems by 2nd-graders, and 5th-graders researching the Renaissance in the computer lab. By 8th grade, students read challenging literature such as Inherit the Wind and The Good Earth and some take high school level courses in algebra and living environment.

During our visit we saw a mix of teaching styles. In the elementary school grades, children sit in groups, working independently or together on a task and gather on the rug for class-wide lessons. In the upper grades, instruction is more traditional with students sitting in rows and the teacher talking at the head of the classroom.

Phonics and grammar are incorporated into English instruction. Students learn cursive writing early on; we observed that most students wrote in cursive starting in the 4th grade.

Spanish is taught in grades k to 8. Students also learn American Sign Language, which is taught in music classes.

In September 2015, GMA departmentalized instruction in all grades, meaning that students travel to different classrooms for different subjects—essentially a modified middle school format. The idea is that students learn better when taught by a teacher who spends most or all of her day focusing on one subject. In the elementary school, students typically have one teacher for English and social studies and another for math and science, though it can vary a bit by grade. In prior years, departmentalized learning started in 2nd grade.

Since we visited GMA during its first year under the new structure it was unclear whether school-wide departmentalization offered any benefit in the younger grades, especially pre-k and k when children need ample time for learning through play. Longtime principal Angela Logan-Smith said that GMA could not offer extended school days unless all grades followed the same scheduling format.

Students attend school from 8 am to 4:35 pm, Monday to Fridays and classes run 53 minutes, longer than the typical school period. To accommodate the extended schedule, teachers work longer days, but only come in four days each week. The combination of longer days and staggered work schedules allows the school to offer academic support classes, art, music and dance to all students.

Attendance is excellent and to ensure kids show up every day wearing their school uniform, GMA purchased a washer and dryer to provide clean uniforms for students who are unable to wash them elsewhere.

GMA is located amid a number of large housing projects and low-rise apartment complexes. It’s housed in the former JHS 198 building, which was closed due to poor performance.

Most students stay at GMA through 8th grade, though some leave after 5th grade to attend a selective program such as Scholars’ Academy. After graduation, most students attend nearby high schools such as Rockaway Collegiate and Scholars’ Academy, but some take on a longer commute to attend a specialized high school or a themed one such as Transit Tech.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school serves a small population of students with special needs. In addition to SETSS, there are ICT and self-contained classes on select grades.

ADMISSIONS: The school is unzoned. For elementary school, top priority goes to District 27 residents with a sibling in the school. Typically, the school has spots for D 27 residents without a sibling in the school. For Grades 6–8, top priority goes to continuing 5th-graders, and then to District 27 students. The school also considers applicants’ attendance and academic record for admission to the middle school. Contact the school directly for more information. (Laura Zingmond, November 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 524

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
70%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
74%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
0%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

33% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

13% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

34% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

42% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

47% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

40% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

56% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

100% 84% 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% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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