Veritas Academy

35-01 UNION STREET
QUEENS NY 11354 Map
Phone: (718) 888-7520
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens; limited unscreened
Principal: Cheryl Quatrano
Neighborhood: Flushing
District: 25
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: CONCETTA SCALICI
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM2, QM20, QM3

What's special:

"Gifted" education for all; bilingual program for Korean speakers

The downside:

Too soon to tell how program will develop

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Flushing HS

Number of Students 410

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
14%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.53 2.39 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

NA 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 IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

29% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 9% 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?

NA

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 students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Veritas Academy

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP Spanish, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

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.

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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