Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
Jamaica NY 11432
Students do research in the Queens Hospital library
Large classes of 30 to 34 students
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chemistry, biology or physics classes and some of the affiliations with outside science programs and institutions are no longer active, including the Bridge to Medicine Program at York College and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.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)
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Provides ongoing exposure to health science careers. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and science.
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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
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Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Volleyball