Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

All seniors are required to take two Advanced Placement courses.

The Downside

Cramped quarters in a middle school; unproven leadership.

Our Review

Located in a residential neighborhood with grassy lawns, Pathways College Preparatory School calls itself a small school with big dreams. It is linked with the College Board, the not-for-profit group best known as the developer and administrator of the SAT and Advanced Placement courses. All high school seniors are required to take two AP courses; choices are economics, literature and composition. Pathways does an adequate job of helping kids graduate from high school on time, and the majority go on to two-year colleges.

The school opened in 2005 on two floors of a building shared with I.S. 192 the Renaissance Middle School. Students wear uniforms. To provide students with social, academic and emotional support, advisory groups of 20-25 students meet for eight minutes a day, mostly to check in about homework, and for a full period on Monday to address other concerns. We have a dedicated staff, said Principal Kim Mitchell. We really know each kid, and we know their needs.

Boys in need of extra support receive mentoring through a community-based program called Josephs Dreams. The equivalent program for girls is The Me Nobody Knows. Interested students can learn about areas of law enforcement with the police department. Tutoring, homework help, sports and art are offered free Monday through Thursday until 6:00 p.m. through the Sports and Arts in School Foundation (SASF).

Teachers reward good behavior through a system called Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). Students redeem points or tickets for prizes and trips. To attend a dance, for example, a teen must accumulate a certain number of tickets. Middle school teachers use the system more than the high school teachers, according to Mitchell.

Juniors and seniors can take college courses in mythology and black studies through a partnership with Adelphi University. About a dozen seniors chose to take a variety of other subjects on the Adelphi campus in the first year of the program.

Principal Kim Mitchell joined Pathways in 2010. She is a former gym teacher and swim coach from the James Monroe campus who attended the Leadership Academy, the citys training ground for principals. Im from the community, and its great to come back and work with my community, she said. She wants to build more college partnerships and boost academics, particularly science and math. She hopes to create internships and add more sports, such as swimming. Current extra-curriculars include double-dutch, soccer, cheerleading, choir, chess, robotics, band and theater. The school boasts a championship B division basketball team. Kids who leave 8th grade want a bigger experience, Mitchell said. Thats why weve added dance and band.

Although some areas have marginally improved since Mitchell arrived, engagement and communication are still rated below average, as reported on the 2010-11 Learning Environment Survey. Eighty-four percent of teachers reported that they do not think the principal is an effective manager.

The school could use more space; its in a small building with narrow hallways built for younger children.

Special Education: Special needs and general education students are mixed in one class with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education. There is also a small class with only special needs children.

College Admissions: While the college enrollment rate is higher than the city average, only a very small number of students are considered college-ready, based on their scores on state exams. Most go to two-year colleges, and a smaller number enroll in four-year colleges.

Admissions: Priority goes to Queens students who attend an information session. Students who attend the middle school are automatically admitted to the high school. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, November 2011.)

About the students

Enrollment
618
Asian
4.9%
Black
85.9%
Hispanic
5.3%
White
1.3%
Other
2.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with IS 192
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
101%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
15%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
23%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
35%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
38%
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?
58%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
54%
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?
15%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Dance and Theater

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?
40%
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
US History, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
43%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
90%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School and Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
71%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
1%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
2%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
20%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
58%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
68%
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
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.84
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.05
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.11
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.91
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.36
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
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?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
42%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Continuing Eighth Grade Program
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

Program for continuing eighth grade students. Our continuing eighth grade students who meet specific academic requirements will be placed on an accelerated honors track as a Pathways Early College Scholar (PECS), where they will take AP courses starting in the ninth grade, complete all requirements for an advanced high school Regents exam by end of 10th grade, and enroll in college courses in the 11th and 12th grade through Adelphi University.

Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students accepted in this program will engage in a rigorous academic program where they will complete all requirements for a Regents diploma by the end of 10th grade. Students will also be able to choose an art or technology track to fulfill their elective requirements and be exposed to various leadership and real world experiences to ensure they are college ready. Starting in the 11th grade students will enroll in college courses on-site at Pathways. During their 12th grade qualifying students will take courses off site at Adelphi University. Upon graduation students will have accumulated a minimum of 12 college credits.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Economics, AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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