QUEENS NY 11354 Map
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM2, QM20, QM3
Veritas Academy expects all of its students to be "serious learners" who will benefit from the type of challenging enrichment classes and projects that students in many gifted programs receive. The school opens in September 2013 as an extension of the successful Queens middle school, Bell Academy, where Veritas' principal Cheryl Quatrano was the founding leader. [Principal Cheryl Quatrano is pictured at right]
At Bell, students have had classes where they did such things as figuring out how to calculate the diameter of a star or making inventions out of random materials found in a classroom. The key, says Quatrano is to "provide a gifted education for every child regardless of ability." Veritas is a good fit for students, including special education students and English language learners, who "commit to working hard and being self-driven," she said.
Veritas will "teach through the child's interests and strengths," says Quatrano. To allow for this, over the summer student will do a project indicating their interests. Students will then be grouped according to interests, strengths and styles of learning.
The school offers a demanding academic curriculum with preparation for the ACT and SAT, Advanced Placement and College Now classes, mentoring opportunities and internships. It is also home to the city's first public high school Korean transitional bilingual program. While celebrating Korean language and culture, the program offers English instruction, Korean language arts and bilingual teaching in core subjects.
A uniform is required, and staff makes it clear that Veritas takes a no tolerance approach to discipline. "No fooling around," one member of the staff told us at the Round 2 high school fair in April 2013.
Veritas will share Flushing High School with Flushing and another new small school, the Queens High School for Language Studies. Students may participate in campus wide sports teams and share other extracurricular activities. Veritas' extracurricular activities will depend on student interests.
Admission: Preference given to Queens students who attend an information, fair or open house. (Gail Robinson, April 2013, based on interviews at the high school fair)
At a glance
Number of Students 410
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.53 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?61% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?80% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?29% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?NA
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
AP COURSES: AP English, AP Spanish, AP World History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista, Dance, Chorus, Community Service, Concert and Jazz Bands, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design, Visual Art, Math Society, Prom Committee, Student Government, Youth Development Program, Yearbook, Fitness and Sports Program
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Other schools sports: Our school will participate in the sports offered by our campus which include Intramural Badminton and Ping-Pong.