World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

In-school film studio; lots of AP classes for a small school.

The Downside

Limited course offerings.

Our Review

At World Journalism Preparatory School, newspaper editing, video reporting and web site development are all integrated into the curriculum. The school, located on the top floor of IS 25, has a computer lab equipped with both PCs and Macs, plenty of laptop computers and sophisticated video equipment.

The school is living up to its primary objective as a small school offering kids a lot of attention. Students attend daily "advisory" sessions, which are small discussion groups lead by a teacher. Online progress reports allow parents to log in daily from their home computers to review their child's homework assignments, teacher comments, and student blogs.

There aren't a lot of electives, but the emphasis on journalism allows for interesting projects. In high school, students create mock news reports in the school's film studio. The school website showcases a range of student work from videos on the WJPS Broadcast News Channel to articles in The Blazer, the student newspaper.

Opened in 2006, World Journalism serves students in grades 6 through 12. The school is the brainchild of founding principal, Cynthia Schneider, who taught English and journalism for 25 years in the Midwest before moving to New York.

In middle school, theres less emphasis on journalism. Students study core subjects and take electives including dance and music.

In 9th grade students sit for the PSATs (usually taken in the 10th grade) and are expected to take three Regents exams. "I don't want these tests to be the end all and be all in school," Schneider said, acknowledging that not all students are prepared to do well on these tests by the 9th grade. "But by the time it really matters, our kids will be where they should be in terms of performance even if they have to take some of the tests over." She believes that the official four-year graduation rate of 89 percent is not completely accurate because long-term absentees, students who neither showed up for school nor could be located, but remained on the schools roster, account for a good chunk of those counted as not graduating on time.

The school offers seven Advanced Placement classes, and high achieving students take AP American History in the 9th grade. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

Students are required to wear the school uniform of a collared shirt with the school emblem and pants other than jeans. Students also have a school blazer which they must wear on trips and for special events. World Journalism shares the building's library, gym, auditorium and cafeteria with IS 25 and students from a small District 75 program.

The school is not located near any subway lines, but it is two blocks from the Auburndale LIRR station and near bus stops.

The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes, in which two teachers oversee a class mixing general education students with students with special needs.

Students participate in Model UN, intramural sports and clubs ranging from writing and photography to environmental causes and music. World Journalism high school students can participate in PSAL teams at Francis Lewis High School.

College: The school graduated its first class in 2010. Every graduate in 2011 received multiple offers from schools such as Skidmore, Lehigh, Northeastern, Syracuse, and the University of Michigan, the principal said.

Admissions: The middle school limits admission to students from District 25 and attracts motivated students seeking an alternative to their large, zoned schools. Students are encouraged to stay at the school through the 12 grade.

Admission to the high school is limited-unscreened, with priority to World Journalism 8th graders and then to students who attend an information session. Typically, there are 30-40 seats available for incoming 9th graders who attended other middle schools. (Laura Zingmond, school visit October, 2007; updated through interviews at high school fair, October, 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
566
Asian
16.6%
Black
4.4%
Hispanic
31.5%
White
46.6%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with IS 25
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
94%
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?
18%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
16%
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
10.0
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?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
79%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
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?
34%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
47%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
29%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
35%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
55%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
99%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
94%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
51%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
37%
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 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
2.18
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.47
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.52
2.3 Citywide Average
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?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
86%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

World Journalism Preparatory
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Franklin Center Science and Technology
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Honors-level sequence of courses in science, technology, engineering, and math. This challenging scholastic experience includes preparation for authentic science research and writing in signature national science competitions (Intel, Westinghouse, and Siemens). Students will publish a science journal (non-print) of original science research under the mentorship of leading science teachers, scientists, and publishers.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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