Channel View School for Research

Grades 6-12
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Location

100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A, S to Beach 98th St-Playland
Buses: Q22, Q52, Q53

Contact

Phone
718-634-1970
Principal
Denise Harper Richards
Parent Coordinator
Deshawn Mason

What’s Special

Hands-on learning; oceanography/robotics program

The Downside

Housed in large building with metal detectors

Our 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.

Like all schools in the Expeditionary Learning network, which has its roots in the wilderness program Outward Bound, 6th- and 9th-graders go on weeklong wilderness trips that teach teamwork and perseverance. Channel View students also get out into the city and work on real community problems. The school uses the "crew" system, in which students are divided into groups of about 15 that meet daily with a teacher and stay together for several years. Students are expected to be active participants in their education, hence the slogan “we are crew, not passengers.”

Founding principal Pat Turbidy left the school in 2014 and was succeeded by assistant principal Denise Harper-Richards. Teachers give her and the school high marks, with 97 percent of them saying in a that they would recommend it to other families, based on responses to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey.

Academic results appear mixed. Channel View middle school students did not fare as well on the state standardized test as other city students. But at over 90 percent, the graduation rate is significantly higher than the city average and the percentage of seniors admitted to college is also very high. Less than a third of students, though, are considered academically ready for college work

Some students come to school on Saturday mornings for SAT or Regents prep or to make up work. Middle school students can take the algebra and living environment Regents exams, and half of eight-graders earn some high school credit. High school students can choose from several Advanced Placement classes and from College Now classes to earn college credits. Honors classes in a range of subjects are available for both middle and high school students. The school offers a number of visual arts and music classes, and its oceanography/robotics program allows student to use drone technology to explore Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Roughly half of the students say they are challenged in most of all of their classes, according to the school survey.

Although Channel View shares the Beach Channel campus with two other schools—Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability and Rockaway Collegiate High School—and has metal detectors, the overwhelming majority of students reported in the school survey that they felt safe in classes, in the school as a whole as well as traveling to and from school.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Channel Views 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 program’s methods. Channel View has a strong record of graduating students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: Middle school: Priority to District 27 students and residents. A student interview as well as test scores, grades, attendance, punctuality and teacher recommendations are taken into account. High school: Most Channel View 8th-graders stay for high school, taking up roughly 45 percent of all high school seats. For rising 9th-graders new to the school, priority goes to District 27 students or residents who sign in at a fair or information session. The school does not admit any new students to 10th grade.(Meredith Kolodner, interviews September 2012; updated with web reports by Gail Robinson, August 2017)

 

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%)
62%
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%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
39%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
59%
49% 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?
95%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
92%
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%
82% 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

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
76%
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?
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%
43% 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?
75%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% 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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