Queens School of Inquiry, The

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Students take classes at Queens College; challenging instruction and support for all students

The Downside

Limited extra-curricular activities

Our Review

Queens School of Inquiry (QSI) offers students in grades 6 - 12 challenging academics and lots of support. The school is designed as an early college program, which starts in earnest in the high school and culminates with 11th and 12th graders spending two mornings each week attending classes at Queens College. Motivated students can amass up to two years worth of college credits by graduation. Middle school students spend part of June attending classes at Queens College.

The school opened in 2005 and graduated its first class in June, 2012. Meredith Inbal became principal in 2010 after QSIs founding principal, Elizabeth Ophals retired. Inbal taught 6th grade at the school and was a member of its founding faculty.

Teachers do a good job with a broad range of students. Struggling learners are supported and pushed to take on challenging work. High achievers benefit from accelerated instruction without the intensity and heavy workload encountered at super selective schools. Writing, research and projects are emphasized. Eighth graders take Regents Algebra and Living Environment, which puts them on track to tackle college level math and science before graduating from high school. Older students enjoy the independence that comes with taking classes at Queens College.

You feel like an adult taking college classes, said an 11th grader who proudly showed off his Queens College ID, which also gives him access to the college library and athletic center. Its also nice to have the freedom to pick up lunch on my way back to school.

Staggered starts to the day help teachers offer personal attention. For instance, 6th and 7th graders begin at 8:12 a.m. for advisories that focus on academic support, test prep, enrichment lessons and independent reading. While 11th and 12th graders take classes at Queens College, high school teachers offer extra attention to 9th and 10th graders.

Middle school students get art and instrumental music lessons but no foreign language. Spanish instruction starts in the 9th grade. High school students study drama in 9th grade and can take elective classes in music and forensics and Advanced Placement courses in Psychology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology.

One downside: limited extra-curricular activities. For middle school students, the school fields a basketball team and the Beacon Program sponsors after school activities. High school students can join sports teams, contribute to the literary magazine and participate in clubs that typically include robotics, dance, drama and community service. Spirit Squad, the schools cheerleading team, organizes and cheers at events.

QSI shares the JHS 168 building withRobert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and PS 255, a District 75 program for autistic children.

Special education: The school has self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the programs specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

College admissions: The school has a full-time college advisor. Ninety percent of the schools inaugural class graduated on time. All graduates went on to college, most to SUNY and CUNY schools including the McCaulay Honors Program. Some attend private colleges such as Syracuse and St. Johns University.

Admission: For middle school, priority to students zoned for the building. For high school, priority to continuing 8th graders and then to Queens residents. High school applicants must have at least a grade of 70 in core subjects and earned a 2 or higher on their 7th grade state English and math exams. Most QSI 8th graders stay for high school, but some leave to attend specialized high schools and Townsend Harris. There are usually 30 to 40 spots for 9th graders who attended other middle schools and a few seats for incoming 10th graders. (Laura Zingmond, June 2012; updated February 2017 regarding high school sports)

About the students

Enrollment
575
Asian
40.2%
Black
16.0%
Hispanic
24.3%
White
17.0%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
62%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with IS 250 and a District 75 program, Q255
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
106%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
13%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
62%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
83% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
44%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
62%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
90%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
88%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens School of Inquiry, The and Francis Lewis HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
38%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
72%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
100%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
95%
71% 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 English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
4% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.35
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.28
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
72%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
70%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
76%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
88%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Queens School of Inquiry
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Interdisciplinary program with a strong, comprehensive focus on math and science

Academics

Language Courses

Japanese, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Psychology

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Tennis, Volleyball

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