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J.H.S. 185Q Edward Bleeker

Grades: 6-8
147-26 25 Drive
Queens NY 11354
Phone: 718-445-3232

Our Insights

What’s Special

Instruction in Mandarin

The Downside

Working to foster more discussion in classes

A large neighborhood in Flushing, JHS 185 Edward Bleeker is a traditional school that offers a Chinese−English dual language program, and three years of Mandarin Chinese instruction, as well as Spanish lessons. Sixth and 7th graders participate in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connection, a project weaving together the arts, history and architecture into a year-long study of the Silk Road. 

An iZone school, JHS 185 has laptops and a software engineering program, in which students study computer programming, electronics, web design, LEGO Robotics and animation.

Theresa Mshar, principal since 2012, hosts cheery and informative “welcome videos” posted on the school website. She introduces the Bleeker Café, where students play old fashioned games such as Jenga, Sorry, Twister and chess, and she shows off agenda books that are given to every student, to help them stay organized. 

The school is safe and orderly. Videos show desks in rows, with the teacher talking from the front of the room, and students sitting quietly wearing uniforms. A school-wide goal is to get teens talking more in class, to “foster strong discussions that are rooted in deep questions,” according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. 

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.6

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
63%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Francis Lewis High School, Bayside High School, and Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
54%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1506
Asian
58%
Black
2%
Hispanic
30%
White
10%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
14%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
10%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Chinese.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
18%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Flushing (District 25)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q20A, Q20B, Q34, Q44-SBS, QM2, QM20, QM32

Contact

Principal
Theresa Mshar
Parent Coordinator
Wenfeng Luo

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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