East-West School of International Studies

Grades 6-12
Staff Pick
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Location

46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY 11355
Flushing (District 25)
Trains:
Buses: Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q27, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q65

Contact

Phone
718-353-0009
Principal
Anthony Cromer
Parent Coordinator
Margarita Schnall

What’s Special

Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages; lots of after-school clubs and tutoring

The Downside

Schools small size limits advanced and college-level classes

Our Review

The East-West School of International Studies offers up to four years Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as Asian-inspired arts and sports such as anime (Japanese cartoons), Korean drumming, Chinese calligraphy and judo. Smaller than most Queens high schools, East-West has a caring staff and tutoring for students who need extra attention and support.

The school, which serves students in grades 6 to 12, shares space with JHS 237, the Rachel L. Carson School. Students try out each of the three languages, and then commit to studying one. All students are required to take at least three years of language classes.

All of our kids are great kids, says Principal Benjamin Sherman, who founded the school in 2006, in part inspired by his experience of living in Asia for 12 years. Many students have an interest in Asian culture. It could be in Korean fashion, Japanese anime, Chinese food. Then they come here and start learning one of those three languages - Chinese, Japanese, Korean - and they quickly learn there is more to the culture. By the end of their first year, students can count, introduce themselves and do basic reading and writing. After four years, a student is expected to be fluent and ready for advanced language courses in college, he says.

Hallways and classroom walls were festooned with student art and decorations for the Chinese New Year at the time of our visit. After-school activities include Korean painting and Erhu musical instruments. A limited number of students go on trips to China and Japan. Families must usually pay the airfare. Student Nicholas Fontanet said he found it difficult to connect to his classes, but as a result of his three-week trip to Korea, Something clicked, he said. I want to go to college now.

East-West also offers a solid list of college prep classes, including calculus, economics, physics and marine biology. Students are pushed to get an Advanced Regents diploma, though Sherman admits that many students fear the commitment this requires. The school did not offer Advanced Placement classes at the time of our visit, although students may take college classes through CUNYs College Now program.

Special education:The schools offers SETSS, CTT and other services. The school is participating in a DOE pilot that seeks to provide students with as much classroom inclusion as possible. None of our special ed students have ever dropped out, Sherman said. 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.

Admissions: East West International accepts applications by lottery for 81 seats in its sixth grade class with preference given to students in District 25. More than half of middle school students stay on for high school and students from around the city can apply for the remaining 30 to 40 high school seats. The school does not screen academically, so any student interested in the Asian languages and culture may apply. (Kim Nauer, March 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
685
Asian
65.8%
Black
9.8%
Hispanic
17.8%
White
5.0%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with IS 237
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
112%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
16%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
71%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
10.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
74%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
62%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
84% 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?
72%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
66%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
75%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
63%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
60%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
97%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
East-West School of International Studies, Brooklyn Technical HS, 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?
97%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
26%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
2%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
66%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
74%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
86%
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?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
74%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
91%
65% 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 ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.7
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.52
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.7
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.74
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
67%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
78%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

East-West School of International Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

East-West School of International Studies for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

Open only to continuing 8th graders.

Academics

Language Courses

Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

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