Bard High School Early College Queens

An Insideschools pick

30-20 THOMSON AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11101 Map
Phone: (718) 361-3133
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective
selective
Principal: VALERI THOMSON
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 24
Grade range: 09 thru 12

Buses: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69

What's special:

Small classes, college-level courses, good class discussions

The downside:

Not many extracurricular activities, no special education services

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bard High School Early College Queens has small classes, engaging class discussions and a challenging curriculum that prepares students equally well in the humanities and in science. Like its sister school in Manhattan, Bard Queens compresses the work of four years of high school and two years of college into four years, and students graduate with both a high school diploma and a two-year associates degree.

It's a serious place. Even at lunchtime in the cafeteria, we saw some kids studying rather than relaxing with friends. But some kids said that for them, school work is fun. In nearly every class we visited, students were engaged in lively discussions. They talked about what it means to be human in a class on the Epic of Gilgamesh and pondered why people vote for corrupt politicians in Caribbean literature class on Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place. Most of the teachers have PhDs. They are passionate about their work and experts in their fields. Students may choose Latin, Chinese or Spanish. Founding Principal Valeri Thomson, who was director of a science research program at Bard College, encourages students to take part in their professors’ research projects. Most classes have about 20 students.

Housed in leased space on the 6th and 7th floors of an office building that also houses the High School of Applied Communication and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Bard Queens has sunny rooms and well-lit corridors that circle an interior atrium. White walls and dark green lockers give the space a crisp, clean feel. There are dance studios, an art room and a small theater, but no gymnasium. Physical education is taught in an exercise room.

About three-quarters of the students come from Queens, and they reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the borough. Students speak 34 languages at home. There is a nice mix of black, white, Latino and Asian among both the students and the faculty. While most kids wear standard teen apparel of blue jeans and T-shirts, Muslim girls feel comfortable wearing headscarves.

Homework is demanding, and students often spend three hours a night or more studying. "Most kids find it's more than they expected, even though they expected a lot," said Pat Sharp, dean of students. Each year, a handful of students who cannot keep up with the workload are asked to leave.

Students say the extracurricular activities are limited. For example, a group of girls interested in starting a Step team said they couldn’t find a faculty adviser. However, there are a number of sports teams, including soccer, track, wrestling and basketball.

Special education: No special education services are offered, although a few students receive extra time on tests to compensate for mild learning disabilities.

Admissions: Students must have an 85 average and 3's or 4's on 7th grade state math and ELA exams to be admitted. Students must also complete the school's own writing and math assessment. A joint admissions committee screens applications for Bard Queens and the original Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. (Clara Hemphill, September 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Q735 Office Building

Number of Students 600

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
35%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
17%

White

  
35%

Free Lunch

  
45%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.80 2.80 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

19 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

85% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

67% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

98% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

4% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

96% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

96% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 12% 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?

1%

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

100%

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

1%

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?

93% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

574
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

98%

SAT math scores

595
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?

89% 75% 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?

NA 44% 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?

0% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bard High School Early College Queens

Screened

Inquiry and critical thinking promoted across all subject areas.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese (Mandarin), Latin, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Art, Ballroom Dancing, BHSEC Cares, Book Club, Community Council, Computers, Technology, Dance, Debate, Fencing, Film, Gardening, Habitat for Humanity, Knitting, Math Team, Medical Club, Model UN, Mock Trial, Movie, Mural Club, Music Club, Music Camp, Literary Magazine ("HYPE"), Newspaper ("B.Q. Broadside"), Outing Club, Peer Counselors, Peer Mentors, Peer Tutors, Ping-Pong, The Alliance, Seekers, Step Team, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Weightlifting

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting; Girls: Soccer, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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