Queens School of Inquiry, The

Grades: 6-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Students take classes at Queens College; challenging instruction and support for all students

The Downside

Limited extra-curricular activities

Queens School of Inquiry (QSI) offers students in grades 6 - 12 challenging academics and lots of support. The school is designed as an early college program, which starts in earnest in the high school and culminates with 11th- and 12th-graders attending classes part-time at Queens College. Motivated students can amass up to two years worth of college credits by graduation.

The school was designed around two ideas: inclusion and college culture. A majority of the classes are co-taught by a subject teacher as well as one certified in special education. High school students sit in the hallways chatting and doing work before their classes on the college campus and at QSI; they take seminars co-taught with guidance counselors on topics such as health and wellness. Middle school students take a weeklong immersion course at Queens College to give them some exposure to the college experience.

Writing, research and projects are emphasized. Eighth-graders take Regents Algebra and Living Environment, which puts them on track to tackle college level math and science before graduating from high school. Older students enjoy the independence that comes with taking courses at Queens College.

QSI uses a “mastery” approach to instruction. Teachers focus on student’s progress in specific skills rather than overall performance on an assignment or exam. For instance, feedback on a student’s research paper is broken down into a skillsets such as the steps taken to build their analysis, the quality of their writing and understanding of the content. Rather than a letter or numeric grades, students are told whether for each skill they are performing above, at, approaching or below the standards level.

Students learn Spanish and take visual arts and drama, depending on the grades.

One downside: limited extra-curricular activities. For middle school students, there are lunch clubs and some after-school options. High school students can join sports teams, contribute to the literary magazine and participate in clubs.

QSI shares a building with the Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and PS Q255, a District 75 program for autistic children.

Meredith Inbal became principal in 2010 after QSI’s founding principal, Elizabeth Ophals retired. Inbal taught 6th grade at the school and was a member of its founding faculty.

The school has a full-time college advisor. Rising seniors have the opportunity to travel abroad to European cities such as Paris, Barcelona, London, Florence and Rome as part of study-abroad program in partnership with Queens College. During their time abroad, students attend classes at a local university in the morning and then spend the afternoon on organized excursions.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside general education students, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program’s specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

ADMISSIONS: For middle school, priority to students zoned for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School and then to other District 25 students. For high school, priority is given to continuing 8th-graders and then to Queens students and residents. High school admissions is based on a review of students’ grades, test scores and records of attendance and lateness. Most QSI 8th-graders stay for high school. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
99%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
91%
Average daily attendance
 
95%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
14%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
89%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
94%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

608
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
62%
Students with disabilities
 
15%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
49%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
35%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
26%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
64%
10.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
143
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
80%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
11%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
27%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
22%

Music

 
11%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
92%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
89%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
81%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
46%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Queens School of Inquiry

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Interdisciplinary program with a strong, comprehensive focus on the humanities.

The Queens School of Inquiry ASD Nest Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

158-40 76th Road
Fresh Meadows NY 11366

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q64, Q65, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM36, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8


Contact

Principal: Meredith Inbal

Parent Coordinator: Rosemary Moyano

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 250 and a District 75 program, Q255

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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