World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School
In-school film studio; lots of AP classes for a small school.
Limited course offerings.
At World Journalism Preparatory School, newspaper editing, video reporting and web site development are all integrated into the curriculum. The school, located on the top floor of IS 25, has a computer lab equipped with both PCs and Macs, plenty of laptop computers and sophisticated video equipment.
The school is living up to its primary objective as a small school offering kids a lot of attention. Students attend daily "advisory" sessions, which are small discussion groups lead by a teacher. Online progress reports allow parents to log in daily from their home computers to review their child's homework assignments, teacher comments, and student blogs.
There aren't a lot of electives, but the emphasis on journalism allows for interesting projects. In high school, students 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 The Blazer, the student newspaper.
Opened in 2006, World Journalism serves students in grades 6 through 12. The school is the brainchild of founding principal, Cynthia Schneider, who taught English and journalism for 25 years in the Midwest before moving to New York.
In middle school, theres less emphasis on journalism. Students study core subjects and take electives including dance and music.
In 9th grade students sit for the PSATs (usually taken in the 10th grade) and are expected to take three Regents exams. "I don't want these tests to be the end all and be all in school," Schneider said, acknowledging that not all students are prepared to do well on these tests by the 9th grade. "But by the time it really matters, our kids will be where they should be in terms of performance even if they have to take some of the tests over." She believes that the official four-year graduation rate of 89 percent is not completely accurate because long-term absentees, students who neither showed up for school nor could be located, but remained on the schools roster, account for a good chunk of those counted as not graduating on time.
The school offers seven Advanced Placement classes, and high achieving students take AP American History in the 9th grade. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.
Students are required to wear the school uniform of a collared shirt with the school emblem and pants other than jeans. Students also have a school blazer which they must wear on trips and for special events. World Journalism shares the building's library, gym, auditorium and cafeteria with IS 25 and students from a small District 75 program.
The school is not located near any subway lines, but it is two blocks from the Auburndale LIRR station and near bus stops.
The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes, in which two teachers oversee a class mixing general education students with students with special needs.
Students participate in Model UN, intramural sports and clubs ranging from writing and photography to environmental causes and music. World Journalism high school students can participate in PSAL teams at Francis Lewis High School.
College: The school graduated its first class in 2010. Every graduate in 2011 received multiple offers from schools such as Skidmore, Lehigh, Northeastern, Syracuse, and the University of Michigan, the principal said.
Admissions: The middle school limits admission to students from District 25 and attracts motivated students seeking an alternative to their large, zoned schools. Students are encouraged to stay at the school through the 12 grade.
Admission to the high school is limited-unscreened, with priority to World Journalism 8th graders and then to students who attend an information session. Typically, there are 30-40 seats available for incoming 9th graders who attended other middle schools. (Laura Zingmond, school visit October, 2007; updated through interviews at high school fair, October, 2011)
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Programs and Admissions
Journalism engages students across all subjects as they learn to focus on taking in information, analyzing it and processing it. 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.
A rigorous sequence of courses in science, technology, engineering, and math. This challenging scholastic experience includes preparation for authentic science research and writing. Students will publish a science journal (non-print) of original science research under the mentorship of leading science teachers, scientists, and publishers.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. History, AP World History
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