Queens Collegiate: A College Board School

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Big school perks with small school warmth and attention

The Downside

Metal detectors

Our Review

Housed in the majestic Jamaica High School Campus, Queens Collegiate offers lively classes, lots of art and music, and a principal who seems to know every student by name. The school, which serves children in grades 6 to 12, does a particularly good job boosting the achievement of kids who arrive in 6th grade with weak academic skills.

The school welcomes anyone who wants to be here, including kids who arrive mid-year, English Language Learners, and those who receive special education services. While test scores are only average, middle school children show “excellent” growth compared to where they started, according to the School Quality Snapshot. Children in a special reading program made one-year’s progress in just four months, said founding Principal Jaime Dubei.

Students may speak Spanish, Bengali, Punjabi, Arabic, Hindi or Haitian Creole at home, and the school does a good job helping them perfect their English, both during their regular classes and in an afterschool program in English as a Second Language. Many classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Kids seem happy, engaged and respectful. The school has a gentle tone; there is a quiet hum of activity and no adults raised their voices during our visit.

In one class, we saw kids sing, play the piano, and strum a guitar—performing a rock song they wrote themselves. In an “advisory” group of 12 children, a teacher read aloud the Langston Hughes story “Thank You Ma’am,” then encouraged discussion of the feelings it evoked. In a 6th grade math class, kids pondered whether to calculate the “median” or the “mean” to find the “typical” salary of a player for the New York Knicks.  In a global history class, children walked around “stations” in the room, each with a poster explaining how technological innovations such as navigational tools, the printing press and gunpowder helped pave the way for the Age of Exploration.

The school offers a challenging college prep curriculum. Eighth graders take Living Environment and many receive high school credit. Most students take 4 years of high school math and 4 years of science. The school offers a range of Advanced Placement classes. “AP Psychology is almost an institution here,” says Dubei.

The small schools that share the Jamaica campus have campus-wide sport teams, including some unusual ones like football, co-ed Double Dutch and cricket (popular with students from Indian and Bangladesh). Other campus-wide activities include a movie-night, dances and a student-produced musical. Dubei says Queens Collegiate offers big school perks with the warmth of a small school. Another perk: students may go outside after lunch, and on our visit we saw kids playing an improvised game of touch football on the lush lawn. A downside: Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. 

The school was founded with the help of the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT. Although the school is no longer affiliated with the College Board, the name has not changed. Most graduates go on to CUNY and SUNY campuses; Dubei says counselors encourage children to go away to college, although many immigrant parents prefer to keep their children close to home. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers flexible programming for children with special needs. For example, a student may be assigned to a “self-contained” class for some subjects and a team-teaching class for others.

ADMISSIONS: Limited unscreened. Priority in the middle school goes to children who live in District 28 and attend an information session; the high school is open to students citywide. (Clara Hemphill, May 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
668
Asian
29.9%
Black
47.5%
Hispanic
13.8%
White
2.1%
Other
6.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Jamaica Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
89%
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?
25%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
55%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
47%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
5.8 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?
63%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
62%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
58%
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?
27%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music, Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
65%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens Collegiate: A College Board School and Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
16%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
33%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
40%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
76%
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?
20%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
50%
65% 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 ICT students
1.85
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.09
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.01
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
52%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
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?
50%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Queens Collegiate: A College Board School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP Psychology, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch, Golf, Stunt

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