York Early College Academy

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Chance to graduate from high school with two years of college credits

The Downside

Some security concerns about the neighborhood

Our Review

York Early College Academy, housed in a wing of JHS 8 in Jamaica, has high expectations, a longer school year and an accelerated curriculum that includes college classes at York College for high school juniors and seniors. The average class size is 27, smaller than most New York City middle and high schools.

The school gets high marks from students, parents and teachers. Students say the work is challenging and that their teachers encourage them to succeed, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school has created an environment in which its okay to be smart: students who get good grades are respected, according to the survey. Attendance is high. [Photo from school website]

Families hold the school in high regard as a place that provides all students with a high quality education, a reviewer from the Department of Education said after visiting the school.

Some students are worried about security in the area around the school, but they feel safe once they are inside, according to the survey. York Early College Academy has its own entrance to the JHS 8 building.

Beginning in 6th grade, children are encouraged to think about attending college; many take the algebra Regents exam in 8th grade and the English Regents exam in 10th gradea year early than most high school students. High school juniors and seniors go to the York College campus about a mile from the middle school building; by the time they graduate, some have earned two years of college credit.

York Early College Academy is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. Students take enrichment classes in July. They may take part in Poetry Slams, or visit laboratories at York College to see scientists at work.

Principal Deborah Burnett has a really good relationship with the parents and an open door policy, said Cass Conrad, a CUNY official who provides support to the school.

Special education: The school offers team-teaching classes but it does not have self-contained classes.

Admissions: District 28. For middle school, students who attend an information session get preference. Most students are admitted in 6th grade, but there are a few seats available in 9th grade. For high school, admission is screened; students must have average grades of 70 and score at least Level 2 on standardized tests. (Clara Hemphill, interview and statistics, September 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
620
Asian
30.5%
Black
47.3%
Hispanic
10.3%
White
1.3%
Other
10.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 8 and the Emerson School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
110%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
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?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
66%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.5
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
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?
63%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
63%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
73%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
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?
89%
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?
York Early College Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
56%
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?
94%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
100%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
90%
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
2.67
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.61
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
66%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
71%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

York Early College Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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