Channel View School for Research

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

High attendance; honors classes; lots of tutoring assistance

The Downside

School is housed in large building with metal detectors; sharing space is sometimes bumpy

Our Review

February 2015 update:In 2014, founding principal Pat Turbidy left the school. Turbidy was succeeded by assistant principal Denise Harper-Richards.

September 2012 review: Channel View School for Research, a school for 6th-12th graders located on a barrier island overlooking Jamaica Bay, combines a focus on getting to college with hands-on activities and expeditions. The combination has produced high attendance and graduation rates and better-than-average preparation for college.

"We expect the best from kids," says Principal Pat Turbidy who founded the school in 2004. "The expectation is that the students will graduate and go on to college. We tell kids, 'Do not come if you do not want to wear a uniform and go to college.'"

The school offers a challenging academic program with a well-staffed support structure. Middle school students have English classes seven times a week to bolster student literacy. Some students take eight periods of math. More than a quarter of the student body comes to school on Saturday mornings for SAT prep, Regents prep or to make up work, Turbidy said.

For advanced students, there is an honors class in each grade. These students are epected to take two Regents exams in 8th grade. There is also a handful of Advance Placement classes and a College Now program.

For students who are struggling, there are a dozen teachers who do small group tutoring during lunch. They also take a support class during the school day in place of a non-required class such as dance or computer.

Like all schools in the Outward Bound network, 6th and 9th graders go on a weeklong wilderness trip that teaches teamwork and perseverance. It also uses the "crew," system, which is a daily advisory meeting of about 15 students who stay together with one teacher through their middle school years, and then another group that stays together during high school.

A partnership with Jet Blue Airlines provides internships for older students. It also offers free flights for college visits. About twice a month, students go on field trips to places like the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Whitney, or to clean up the beach and then complete a statistical analysis of the project.

Students are expected to complete 50 hours of community service in middle school and up to 100 hours when they are seniors.

Channel View shares space with several other schools at Beach Channel High School, which is phasing out and will be closed in 2014. Space sharing sometimes makes scheduling difficult, but the school has its own floor and lunch period.

Special education: There is one Integrated Co-Teaching class in each grade. Students also get services in the Resource Room. There is also an autism spectrum disorder program. 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 hired an extra guidance counselor who is devoted to college and career readiness. About half of college-bound students go to two-year and half to four-year colleges. About a third go to CUNY schools; others go to SUNY, Rutgers or private schools such as St. John's, Hofstra, Howard, and St. Mary's.

After-school: Activities include photography, jazz, steel drum band chess. There are lots of campus-wide sports teams.

Admissions: Middle school: test scores, grades, and teacher recommendations are taken into account. Students must come in for an interview and parents must sign a contract agreeing to appropriate student behavior. High School: Channel View 8th-graders who want to stay on for high school are guaranteed a seat. For rising 9th-graders new to the school, District 27 students or residents who attend an information session have priority. (Meredith Kolodner, interviews September 2012; updated by Ella Colley, February 2015; admissions information updated July 2015 )

About the students

Enrollment
804
Asian
8.6%
Black
44.3%
Hispanic
32.6%
White
13.2%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
54%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
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?
14%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
68%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.7
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
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?
22%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
34%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Music, 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?
81%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
57%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
68% 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?
50%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
98%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Channel View School for Research
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
95%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
5%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
31%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
50%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
83%
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?
17%
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
2.01
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.31
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
78%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
94%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Channel View School for Research
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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