We’ve been visiting middle schools in southeast Queens. Here are some of our favorites.
Applications are due Dec. 1.
District 27 (Far Rockaway, Ozone Park)
Channel View School for Research (grades 6-12), Far Rockaway
Why we picked it: Hands-on activities and expeditions encourage students to solve real-life problems; NEST program for students on the autism spectrum.
Who gets in: Residents of District 27 get priority but all Queens students have a shot based on 4th grade tests and scores, attendance and punctuality, interview and a writing sample.
Village Academy (grades 6-8), Far Rockaway
Why we picked it: Kids like attending this small school that emphasizes family; good for special education students.
Who gets in: Randomly selected students from the zone get priority, followed by those from anywhere in District 27.
Scholars' Academy (grades 6-12), Far Rockaway
Why we picked it: Diverse with demanding academics and ample arts offerings; good with engaging girls in science and technology.
Who gets in: School has its own application which must be submitted by Dec. 7, 2017. Admission is based on 4th grade grades and test scores, an interview and the school’s own assessment. Open to students from throughout the city, but priority goes to the district students and those who live on the peninsula.
Goldie Maple Academy (grades pre-k – 8), Far Rockaway
Why we picked it: Small and safe with nationally recognized Core Knowledge curriculum that stresses history, science and culture.
Who gets in: Students from throughout District 27 based on 4th grade scores and grades, behavior, attendance and punctuality, along with performance on an entrance exam.
District 28 (Hillside Avenue and south, Jamaica)
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck (Grades 6-8), Jamaica
Why we picked it: Strong leadership, good teaching and a focus on the environment.
Who gets in: District 28 and District 25 students.
MS 358 (grade 6-8), Jamaica
Why we picked it: Attractive new building, opportunities to major in dance or coding; violin program.
Who gets in: Students from throughout District 28.
York Early College Academy (grades 6-12), Jamaica
Why we picked it: Challenging academics, safe and orderly; middle school students get preference for the highly regarded high school.
Who gets in: Randomly selected kids from throughout District 28, with preference going to those who attend an event.
Young Women's Leadership School of Queens (grades 6-12), Jamaica, District 28
Why we picked it: All girls school with demanding college-prep program and emphasis on technology
Who gets in: Girls from throughout Queens based on their 4th grade report card and exams.
District 29 (Springfield Gardens, St. Alban's, Queens Village, Jamaica)
PS/IS 208 (grades k-8), Bellerose
Why we picked it: Attractive campus with excellent facilities; good academic performance; initiatives aimed at boys and fathers.
Who gets in: Students who attended elementary school get priority with remaining seats going to randomly selected students from throughout District 29.
Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School (grades 6-12), Springfield Gardens, District 29
Why we picked it: Small school with lots of writing and group work; all 8th graders take some high-school level classes.
Who gets in: Randomly selected residents of District 29, with preference going to students who attend an information session.
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences (grades 6-12), Jamaica
Why we picked it: High-performing school with demanding academics; middle school students can remain for high school.
Who gets in: Kids from District 28 and 29, based on their 4th grade grades, test scores, attendance and punctuality.