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Veritas Academy

Grades: 9-12
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY 11354
Phone: 718-888-7520

Our Insights

What’s Special

Schoolwide enrichment model, lots of projects tailored to students' interests

The Downside

Some students don’t feel challenged

Veritas Academy is a small school that stresses projects and group work geared to students' interests.

The school is said to be the first high school in the United States to use the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), developed by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis at the University of Connecticut. It focuses on identifying students’ talents, adjusting assignments to meet the needs of various students and providing enrichment activities based on a child’s strengths and interests. Veritas teachers attend professional training in the approach at the University of Connecticut.

The school was started by Cheryl Quatrano and Melinda Spataro, who previously founded the Bell Academy, which uses a similar approach. Quatrano, who remains principal of Veritas, has said the goal is to "provide a gifted education for every child regardless of ability." It is a good fit for students who  "commit to working hard and being self-driven," Quatrano also said.

An educator who conducted the school’s most recent Quality Review found many projects based on “real world” issues, such the pros and cons of marijuana, and social and political issues facing Arab women. The school also makes extensive use of technology, including video conferencing.

Veritas offers several Advanced Placement classes, music, visual arts, and Latin dance. It fields a number of sports teams and, for a school of its size, provides a wide choice of extracurricular activities.

Students come in at varying levels, with some struggling with reading. Veritas staff has highlighted low reading levels as a reason that large number of students do not pass their math Regents exams, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan. To address that it has instituted a reading lab period for students who failed those exams.

Teachers give the school high marks with nearly all saying they would recommend it to parents, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. Students see the school environment as safe and supportive but in response to the survey, about half said they were not challenged in their classes and that their teaches did not ask tough questions,

Veritas shares the landmarked Flushing High School building, constructed around 1915, with Queens High School for Language Studies and Flushing High School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Veritas offers both team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students and self-contained classes for students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: Veritas does not consider grades or test scores and accepts student from throughout the city, but gives Queens residents priority. It accepts a substantial number of incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, web reports, September 2018)



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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Veritas Academy
Admissions Method: Open


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Research, AP Computer Science A, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture


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

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Flushing (District 25)
Trains: 7 Line to Flushing-Main St
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q48, Q50, Q65, Q66, QM20, QM3


Jason Vanderwalker
Parent Coordinator
Concetta Scalici

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Queens HS for Language Studies and Flushing HS
Metal detectors?

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