World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

Our Insights

What’s Special

Courses in journalism; on-site film studio

The Downside

Limited electives

At World Journalism Preparatory School, which serves grades 6 to 12, newspaper editing, video reporting and website development are all integrated into the curriculum, especially in high school.

Instruction in all grades emphasizes research, writing and projects, which are detailed in monthly family newletters. For example, 8th-graders produce a muckraker-style investigative report as part of their study of social problems in the early 20th century. In algebra 2, high school students study how trigonometric functions are used in the processes of active and passive solar building design.

In middle school, there’s less emphasis on journalism and no electives. Students study core subjects and technology, dance and art. Eighth-graders study algebra, which is taught in a double-period class each day.

In high school, students take courses in journalism and create mock news reports in the school's film studio. The school website showcases a range of student work, from videos on the WJPS Broadcast News Channel to articles in both digital and print newspapers.

High school students interested in science may apply for the Franklin Center program, which includes advanced coursework and research opportunities with professionals. All students may earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement classes or courses at Queens College or Queensborough Community College.

Spanish instruction begins in 8th grade.

Dr. Janine Polla Werner became principal in 2017. A former special education and high school English teacher, Werner left her longtime role as assistant principal of Queens High School of Teaching to take the top spot at World Journalism.

Students are required to wear the school uniform of a collared shirt with the school emblem and pants other than jeans. There is also a school blazer, which students wear on trips and for special events.

Middle school students may participate in Model UN, intramural sports, and a range of clubs and activities. High school students also have clubs and may participate in PSAL teams at Francis Lewis High School.

World Journalism shares a large building with IS 25 and students from PS Q233, a small, multisite program for students with severe disabilities. The school is not located near any subway lines, but it is two blocks from the Auburndale LIRR station and near bus stops.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers SETSS and ICT (integrated collaborative teaching).

ADMISSIONS: The middle school limits admission to students from District 25. For high school, priority goes to ongoing 8th-graders. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, February 2018)





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From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
631 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

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

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

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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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
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College Readiness

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From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

World Journalism Preparatory

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Journalism engages students across all subjects as they learn to focus on taking in information, analyzing it and processing it. These reading, writing and problem solving skills are essential for success in college. After learning basic journalism skills, students choose a specialty in newspaper, broadcast, yearbook or magazine writing and production while they follow a traditional schedule of classes.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP Macroeconomics, AP Seminar, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location


34-65 192nd Street
Flushing NY 11358

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q12, Q13, Q16, Q28, Q31, Q76, QM3


Principal: Janine Werner

Parent Coordinator: Helen Reed


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 25

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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