Veritas Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Too soon to tell how program will develop

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)

About the students

Enrollment
547
Asian
19.0%
Black
13.0%
Hispanic
51.2%
White
12.3%
Other
4.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
8%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Flushing HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
99%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
28%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
61%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
54%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
60%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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?
69%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
81%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Veritas Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Spanish, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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