Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School

Grades 6-12
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Students do research in the Queens Hospital library

The Downside

Large classes of 30 to 34 students

Our Review

UPDATE MAY 2014: There have been many changes at Gateway since Insideschools' last visit.The review below reflects the administration of Dr. Cynthia Edwards who left in 2012.Judy Henry, formerly principal at Science Skills and South Shore High School, became principal in 2012. There are now fewer upper level science courses and no AP chemistry, biology or physics classes and some of the affiliations with outside science programs and institutions are no longer active, including the Bridge to Medicine Program at York College and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

2010 REVIEW:Queens Gateway to Health Sciences is a rigorous middle- and high school with diverse, hard-working students, passionate teachers and a special mission that encourages students to consider careers in the medical field. Most of its graduates go to four-year colleges, and many have gone on to pursue careers as doctors, pharmacists and other medical occupations. Located right next door to Queens Hospital in a brand new building, students have access to the hospital library for research, and many students volunteer at the hospital during the summer, which can lead to internships. Professionals from Queens and Mount Sinai hospitals - including doctors and administrators - come to speak to the students about their experience working in the medical field.

The school offers a variety of medical-themed courses for the different grades. Seventh graders take a cardiovascular lab, and wear bright blue scrubs to school on the days that they take the class. Ninth and tenth graders take a general course called \"medical health and wellness.\"Students in the upper grades can take a DNA lab with the AP Biology teacher. The new building has special demonstration labs built specifically for these classes, as well as two regular science labs and a mock doctor\'s office, complete with patient examination table.

Many seniors also participate in the CUNY College Now program and the Bridge to Medicine program at York College, which is a one-year intensive academic program that prepares minority and disadvantaged high school seniors to attend Sophie Davis and other pre-med programs. Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education offers a fast-track five-year program that combines an undergraduate education with the first two years of medical school. Students then transfer to one of six medical schools in New York State.

Academics at Queens Gateway are strong, and admissions are competitive, with 1,500 applicants for just 100 spots in recent years. The school was ranked as a silver medalist by U.S. News & World Reports List of America\'s Best High Schools. The school offers AP Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, United States History, and World History. Students already do two to three hours of homework a night, but the students we spoke with wished that there were more AP courses, and Principal Cynthia Edwards hopes to expand the offerings as the school grows. Classes range from 30 to 34 students.

The teachers we spoke with felt that the school was an excellent place to teach at because the students were well-behaved and hard-working. In recent years, however, Department of Educations Learning Environment Surveys suggest that teachers felt shut out of decision-making. The assistant principal says the administration is working hard to improve communication with the teachers.

Special education: Queens Gateway has very limited special education services. Its building houses a school operated by District 75, the citywide district for students with severe disabilities

Admissions: Middle-schoolers are screened for attendance and punctuality, and a minimum of 80 in every subject. Continuing eighth graders have priority in high school admissions, then residents of districts 28 and 29. It will admit its first class of sixth graders in 2011. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
704
Asian
49.4%
Black
31.4%
Hispanic
9.2%
White
3.8%
Other
6.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
60%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
122%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
17%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
61%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.2
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
60%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
47%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
62%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
47%
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?
80%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
84%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
24%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
30%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
91%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
96%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School and Townsend Harris HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
59%
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?
74%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
88%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
93%
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 ICT students
1.66
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.79
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.3
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
54%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
57%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
64%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
65%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
89%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Provides ongoing exposure to health science careers. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and science.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Volleyball

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