Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens

171-10 LINDEN BOULEVARD
QUEENS NY 11434 Map
Phone: (718) 480-2600
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery for Queens residents
Principal: KENYATTE REID
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District:29
Grade range: 6-10
Parent Coordinator: JANICE SHERWOOD
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School

Buses: Q113, Q4, Q42, Q5

What's special:

Supportive environment for young men

The downside:

No schoolyard

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Part of the Eagle Academy Foundation, an organization that seeks to encourage academic achievement and character development for young men, Eagle Academy III opened in 2010 with a 6th grade and will become a full 6 to 12 school in 2016.

By educating most of its students for seven years and keeping its enrollment low, Eagle hopes to support and encourage young men, most of them African American, from the surrounding neighborhoods of southeast Queens. Principal Kenyatte Reid, who served as principal of Satellite III and has been at Eagle III since it opened, sees the 6–12 model as key. "You develop a relationship with the young men," he says. "They know what they're going to be held accountable for. They’ve learned to trust us. Even when we're being strict, they know we're doing it from a place of caring."

The school uses the state-provided Common Core curriculum but tries to use teaching methods geared to its male student body. Reid says they tend to do well with lessons that are activity-based and involve inquiry and group work. Technology often serves as an entry point, as in a math program where students create their own avatars and then solve problems. (We visited on a day students were taking a standardized test so we did not see any classes.)

Eagle has students at a range of academic abilities and tries to tailor teaching accordingly. An early morning program provides extra help to about two-thirds of Eagle students, four days a week. Another supplemental program helps less-proficient 6th-graders improve their reading. In English and social studies—where students read general books, not just text books—teachers offer materials at a range of reading levels that cover the same subject areas.

To engage academically advanced students, Eagle has a partnership with Queensboro Community College for math. It plans to offer enough courses for students to qualify for a more demanding Advanced Regents diploma. Unlike many middle schools, however, it does not offer a math or science Regents to 8th-graders, though they can pick up some high school credit for Spanish. While the school plans to offer some College Now classes—college-credit courses given by CUNY—it remains unclear whether Eagle will give AP courses.

Although Eagle has logged fairly low scores on its standardized tests, Reid says this reflects the fact that boys generally do not do as well as girls and says that Eagle students out-perform boys at similar schools.

As part of its character-building mission, Eagle requires all 6th- and 7th-graders to take a life skills class. In 8th and 9th grade, students participate in a college planning class, while 9th-graders have a public speaking class. Students are organized into one of six houses that meets at least one a week for team building and other support. The school offers a range of activities, such as Model UN, sports teams, a competitive drum line and student government.        

Originally located in IS 59, Eagle occupies a building once used by the Allen Christian School and has renovated it to provide a clean bright environment, with two science labs and an inviting library. It does not have a schoolyard so Eagle uses nearby parks for sports and lets older students leave the campus for lunch.

Students must wear shirts and ties. "We have high expectations for young men. If they don’t meet them, it's an opportunity for us to teach them," Reid said.

Special education: Eagle offers support services and has a team-teaching class mixing students with special needs and general education students for every grade. It also has self-contained classes at some grade levels.

Admissions: Most students enter in the 6th grade although there are some vacancies for incoming 9th-graders. Students are selected through a lottery open to all boys in Queens with preference for those who attend an information session or open house. In 2013, the schools had more than 1,900 applicants for 81 6th-grade seats. (Gail Robinson, May 2014)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 345

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
91%

Hispanic

  
4%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
69%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.84 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?

76% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

83% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

25 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

8% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

18% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

56% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA 84% 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 2013 math exam:

7% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

9% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

4% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

11% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 345

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
91%

Hispanic

  
4%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
69%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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:

NA 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

20 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

NA 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

NA 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

NA 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?

NA 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 only to male students
  2. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  3. Then to Queens students or residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  5. Then to Queens students or residents
  6. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Eagle Academy for Young Men III

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Debate, Drumline, Guitar, Homework Assistance, Robotics, Violin

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Football, Outdoor Track

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Intramural Basketball, Flag Football

Source: High school directory

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