Queens Collegiate: A College Board School

An Insideschools pick
167-01 GOTHIC DRIVE
QUEENS NY 11432 Map
Phone: (718) 658-4016
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: JAIME DUBEI
Neighborhood: Jamaica/ Briarwood
District:28
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: ROGER ERSKINE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q36, Q43, Q6, Q65, Q76, Q77, Q8

What's special:

Engaging classes; community feel

The downside:

Teachers still adapting to new technology

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in its own wing of the beautiful Jamaica High School building, Queens Collegiate has a challenging college prep curriculum, a strong sense of community and a vibrant, family feel. Founded in 2008, it has begun to attract students who might once have chosen private schools or better-known public schools.

One student transferred to the popular Cardozo High School, then came back to Queens Collegiate after just a few weeks. “I came back because I know every teacher and they really care,” said Shahriar, a 10th grader. "All the teachers are like that. The community here is great."

The school is racially mixed and serves students with a range of skills and abilities. Students may speak Spanish, Farsi, Bengali or Punjabi at home. Teachers are good at adapting their lessons for students who are learning English or who have special needs.  As a result, students were attentive and engaged in every class we visited.  The school day is just under seven hours, with six, hour-long classes and 50 minutes for class changes, lunch and advisory or clubs. Students wear uniforms of white, royal blue or navy blue polo shirts or button down dress shirts with khaki or navy pants/skirt (jeans are allowed on Fridays).

Principal Jaime Dubei, a former NYC Teaching Fellow and middle school social studies teacher, says her goal is to make sure that all students succeed in college."It's not just about getting in, but about graduating from a university,"says Dubei.  Like other College Board schools, college prep is woven throughout all four years, including college tours, SAT preparation and Advanced Placement classes. The school year runs on a trimester cycle so students can take up to 18 credits per year, rather than the typical 12 credits.  This allows students to repeat classes without falling behind in required courses or having to give up electives.

Special education:  Most classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified to help children with special needs. Dubei says students receive extra help in their regular classes, rather than being pulled out, reducing any stigma they might feel. Teachers of English as a Second Language help other teachers adapt their lessons to help new immigrants.

Technology is used a lot in the classroom and every teacher has a website that students can look at to see lessons and extra materials. At times, the heavy reliance on technology was a distraction. We saw some classes where teachers and students had trouble making projectors or computers work properly.

The school shares a well-kept football field, tennis courts, a pool and sports teams with Jamaica High School and two other small schools, the High School for Community Leadership and Hillside Arts & Letters.  All students entering the building must pass through metal detectors.

There are no admissions requirements for Queens Collegiate; priority is given to students who attend an information session.  (Aryn Bloodworth,  October 2010)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Jamaica Educational Campus

Number of Students 647

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
24%

Black

  
53%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 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?

58% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

72% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

39% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

41% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

28% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

29% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

19% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

21% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

20% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA 85% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

15% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

14% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

14% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

14% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Jamaica Educational Campus

Number of Students 647

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
24%

Black

  
53%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 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:

22% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

19% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

20 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

39% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

22% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

28% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

80% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

81% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

16% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

5% 11% 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?

9%

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

21%

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

27%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

39% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

439
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

454
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

71% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

46% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% 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?

87% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Queens Collegiate: A College Board School

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Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Government and Politics: Comparative, Human Geography, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, United States History

Online: Art History, Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Economics: Macro, French Language, French Literature, German Language, Government and Politics: United States, Latin Literature, Physics B, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing, World History

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Advisory, After-school Academic Support, Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters program with middle school students, Chorus, Community Volunteer Opportunities, Drama, Fashion, Instrumental, International, Key Club, Keyboard; In conjunction with campus schools we also offer: Muslim Student Association, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Peer Tutoring, School Newspaper, Science, Service, Step Team, Student Council, Student Court, Study Groups, Tech Support, Wrestling

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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