Channel View School for Research
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Hands-on learning; oceanography/robotics program
Housed in large building with metal detectors
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)
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Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball
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Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball