Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Students learn to kayak in mayget trained for "green" careers

The Downside

School disrupted because of Hurricane Sandy

Our Review

The Rockaway Park High School for Sustainability is designed to offer interesting projects and activities to students who may be turned off by traditional academics. Students may learn to paddle a kayak, build boats, or study cooking at this Career and Technical Education school. Students take part in a marine science program at the Artisan School Center [see photo] and environmental programs at the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Like the rest of the Rockaways, the school suffered a blow during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Students were relocated to the Maspeth High School Campus until January 2013. In the new location, attendance dropped.

The school, housed in the Beach Channel Educational Complex, was founded in 2010 by Prnicipal JenniferConnolly, who worked in alternative high schools (and whose mother graduated from Far Rockaway High).

"We really get to know our students, what their likes and dislikes are, how many brothers and sisters they have, what type of learner they are and most importantly what inspires them," she wrote on the school website.

There is a specialized carpentry program where students learn the art of boat building. Students study green building and development, renewable energy, organic foods and nutrition, and may earn a certificate in green carpentry or culinary arts, the schools website reports. Community service is required.

Students enter with very low levels of skills, and attendance is poor. (A New York Post story also reported problems with teacher attendance.) Though 100 percent of teachers reported in the Learning Environment Survey that they trust the principal and feel respected by her, 60 percent said that order and discipline were not maintained in the school.

Students wear a uniform of a school polo shirt or sweater vest with khaki or gray dress pants/skirt and black shoes.

Afterschool, students can take an elective green carpentryclass where they learn aboutboat buildingand complete other carpentry projects. They can also participate in building-wide PSAL sports and clubs such as culinary. There are morning and afterschool classes in government and the environment.

Special education: There is an Integrated Co-teaching (ICT) class where students with special needs learn along with general education students and SETSS.

Admissions:Priority to Queens students and residents who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE statistics, December 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
328
Asian
4.3%
Black
43.9%
Hispanic
33.2%
White
12.2%
Other
6.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
9%
Male
61%

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%)
48%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
59%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
60%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
20%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
54%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
65%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
66%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
56%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
33%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
59%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
62%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
1%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
18%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
11%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
8%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
39%
63% 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%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
40%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
48%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

The Green Carpentry Program
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

The carpentry course of study is designed to create an appreciation of the industry and to develop entry-level skills within the carpentry trade. Students will develop skills that ensure a successful transition from high school to post-secondary institutions.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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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