Bard High School Early College Queens

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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Location

30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101
Long Island City (District 24)

Contact

Phone
718-361-3133
Principal
Valeri Thomson

What’s Special

Small classes, college-level courses, good class discussions

The Downside

Not many extracurricular activities, no special education services

Our Review

Bard High School Early College Queens has small classes, engaging class discussions and a challenging curriculum that prepares students equally well in the humanities and in science. Like its sister school in Manhattan, Bard Queens compresses the work of four years of high school and two years of college into four years, and students graduate with both a high school diploma and a two-year associates degree.

It\'s a serious place. Even at lunchtime in the cafeteria, we saw some kids studying rather than relaxing with friends. But some kids said that for them, school work is fun. In nearly every class we visited, students were engaged in lively discussions. They talked about what it means to be human in a class on the Epic of Gilgamesh and pondered why people vote for corrupt politicians in Caribbean literature class on Jamaica Kincaid\'s A Small Place. Most of the teachers have PhDs. They are passionate about their work and experts in their fields. Students may choose Latin, Chinese or Spanish. Founding Principal Valeri Thomson, who was director of a science research program at Bard College, encourages students to take part in their professors’ research projects. Most classes have about 20 students.

Housed in leased space on the 6th and 7th floors of an office building that also houses the High School of Applied Communication and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Bard Queens has sunny rooms and well-lit corridors that circle an interior atrium. White walls and dark green lockers give the space a crisp, clean feel. There are dance studios, an art room and a small theater, but no gymnasium. Physical education is taught in an exercise room.

About three-quarters of the students come from Queens, and they reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the borough. Students speak 34 languages at home. There is a nice mix of black, white, Latino and Asian among both the students and the faculty. While most kids wear standard teen apparel of blue jeans and T-shirts, Muslim girls feel comfortable wearing headscarves.

Homework is demanding, and students often spend three hours a night or more studying. \"Most kids find it\'s more than they expected, even though they expected a lot,\" said Pat Sharp, dean of students. Each year, a handful of students who cannot keep up with the workload are asked to leave.

Students say the extracurricular activities are limited. For example, a group of girls interested in starting a Step team said they couldn’t find a faculty adviser. However, there are a number of sports teams, including soccer, track, wrestling and basketball.

Special education: No special education services are offered, although a few students receive extra time on tests to compensate for mild learning disabilities.

Admissions: Students must have an 85 average and 3\'s or 4\'s on 7th grade state math and ELA exams to be admitted. Students must also complete the school\'s own writing and math assessment. A joint admissions committee screens applications for Bard Queens and the original Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. (Clara Hemphill, September 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
597
Asian
35.3%
Black
11.7%
Hispanic
17.4%
White
32.8%
Other
2.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
42%
Students with disabilities
2%
English language learners
0%
Male
42%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the HS of Applied Communication and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
105%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
4%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
85%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
5%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
99%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
88%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
72%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
67%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
93%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
81%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
88%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
98%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
100%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
96%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Bard High School Early College Queens
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Inquiry and critical thinking promoted across all subject areas.

Academics

Language Courses

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

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