Queens Collegiate: A College Board School

167-01 GOTHIC DRIVE
JAMAICA NY 11432 Map
Phone: (718) 658-4016
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
unzoned
Noteworthy
Principal: Jaime Anne Dubei
Neighborhood: Jamaica/ Briarwood
District: 28
Grade range: 06 thru 12
Parent coordinator: ROGER ERSKINE

What's special:

Engaging classes; community feel

The downside:

Teachers still adapting to new technology

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Our review

Located in its own wing of the beautiful Jamaica High School building, Queens Collegiate has a challenging college prep curriculum, a strong sense of community and a vibrant, family feel. Founded in 2008, it has begun to attract students who might once have chosen private schools or better-known public schools.

One student transferred to the popular Cardozo High School, then came back to Queens Collegiate after just a few weeks. “I came back because I know every teacher and they really care,” said Shahriar, a 10th grader. "All the teachers are like that. The community here is great."

The school is racially mixed and serves students with a range of skills and abilities. Students may speak Spanish, Farsi, Bengali or Punjabi at home. Teachers are good at adapting their lessons for students who are learning English or who have special needs.  As a result, students were attentive and engaged in every class we visited.  The school day is just under seven hours, with six, hour-long classes and 50 minutes for class changes, lunch and advisory or clubs. Students wear uniforms of white, royal blue or navy blue polo shirts or button down dress shirts with khaki or navy pants/skirt (jeans are allowed on Fridays).

Principal Jaime Dubei, a former NYC Teaching Fellow and middle school social studies teacher, says her goal is to make sure that all students succeed in college."It's not just about getting in, but about graduating from a university,"says Dubei.  Like other College Board schools, college prep is woven throughout all four years, including college tours, SAT preparation and Advanced Placement classes. The school year runs on a trimester cycle so students can take up to 18 credits per year, rather than the typical 12 credits.  This allows students to repeat classes without falling behind in required courses or having to give up electives.

Special education:  Most classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified to help children with special needs. Dubei says students receive extra help in their regular classes, rather than being pulled out, reducing any stigma they might feel. Teachers of English as a Second Language help other teachers adapt their lessons to help new immigrants.

Technology is used a lot in the classroom and every teacher has a website that students can look at to see lessons and extra materials. At times, the heavy reliance on technology was a distraction. We saw some classes where teachers and students had trouble making projectors or computers work properly.

The school shares a well-kept football field, tennis courts, a pool and sports teams with Jamaica High School and two other small schools, the High School for Community Leadership and Hillside Arts & Letters.  All students entering the building must pass through metal detectors.

There are no admissions requirements for Queens Collegiate; priority is given to students who attend an information session.  (Aryn Bloodworth,  October 2010)

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