Central Queens Academy Charter School

55-30 JUNCTION BOULEVARD
QUEENS NY 11373 Map
Phone: (718) 271-6200
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/Priority for District 24 and ELLs
Principal: Jesse Tang
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
District: 24
Grade range: 5-8
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

A focus on literacy for new immigrants

The downside:

Too soon to know how school will develop

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Central Queens Academy Charter School opened in 2012 with the goal of serving new immigrant students and those who are learning to speak English. It’s the first charter school to open in District 24, where more than a quarter of the students are English language learners.

The school opened with its first class of fifth graders in 2012 and will expand by one grade until it serves students in grades 5-8. It is housed in a small three-story building in a residential neighborhood in Elmhurst.

Students come from all over the world including Mexico, Guatemala, China, India and Myanmar among other countries. Students meet in small groups with teachers during advisory sessions where they discuss topics and concerns in a small group setting.

Teachers of all subjects incorporate reading and writing in all classes. English Language Arts classes meet for 90 minutes every day to give students extra time to focus on their English skills. The school has a longer than usual school day, running from 8 am to 4 pm, and an extended school year of 190 days of instruction.

Founding Principal Jesse Tang, a former Teach for America member who is the son of immigrants himself, is committed to serving the needs of newcomers to the United States and preparing them for college and the workforce, according to the website. [In 2014, Tang was replaced by Ashish Kapadia. Kapadia was principal of the University Prep Charter High School (previously Green Dot) prior to moving to Central Queens Academy.]

English language learners: Students receive extra support in class, in small group settings outside the classroom and in after-school tutoring.

Special education: The school has a full-time special education teacher and case manager on staff who provide services and support to student.

Admissions: Lottery. Priority for students in District 24. Thirty percent of the seats are reserved for English language learners. (Pauline Zaldonis, school website, June 2013; picture from the school’s facebook page)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 406

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
20%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
67%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

60% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

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:

5% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 9% 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% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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