"Gifted" education for all; bilingual program for Korean speakers
Too soon to tell how program will develop
Veritas Academy expects all of its students to be "serious learners" who will benefit from the type of challenging enrichment classes and projects that students in many gifted programs receive. The school opens in September 2013 as an extension of the successful Queens middle school, Bell Academy, where Veritas' principal Cheryl Quatrano was the founding leader. [Principal Cheryl Quatrano is pictured at right]
At Bell, students have had classes where they did such things as figuring out how to calculate the diameter of a star or making inventions out of random materials found in a classroom. The key, says Quatrano is to "provide a gifted education for every child regardless of ability." Veritas is a good fit for students, including special education students and English language learners, who "commit to working hard and being self-driven," she said.
Veritas will "teach through the child's interests and strengths," says Quatrano. To allow for this, over the summer student will do a project indicating their interests. Students will then be grouped according to interests, strengths and styles of learning.
The school offers a demanding academic curriculum with preparation for the ACT and SAT, Advanced Placement and College Now classes, mentoring opportunities and internships. It is also home to the city's first public high school Korean transitional bilingual program. While celebrating Korean language and culture, the program offers English instruction, Korean language arts and bilingual teaching in core subjects.
A uniform is required, and staff makes it clear that Veritas takes a no tolerance approach to discipline. "No fooling around," one member of the staff told us at the Round 2 high school fair in April 2013.
Veritas will share Flushing High School with Flushing and another new small school, the Queens High School for Language Studies. Students may participate in campus wide sports teams and share other extracurricular activities. Veritas' extracurricular activities will depend on student interests.
Admission: Preference given to Queens students who attend an information, fair or open house. (Gail Robinson, April 2013, based on interviews at the high school fair)
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Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP World History
Boys PSAL teams
Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Flushing NY 11354