J.H.S. 067 Louis Pasteur
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School working to improve climate of support and respect
MS 67 is one of the top-performing middle schools in Queens and many graduates attend specialized high schools like Bronx Science and Stuyvesant. Located on a quiet tree-lined residential street in the Little Neck neighborhood, it is next to a large park with playgrounds and ample outdoor space including a school garden. Staff members provide translations and interpretation in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Greek, and Hindi to serve the diverse community.
The school has a well-developed curriculum, effective teaching, and high expectations, according to a Department of Education evaluation called the Quality Review. Students learn to think critically, analyze problems and take part in student-led discussions. The school offers a full range of accelerated Regents courses, so most students go on to 9th grade with high school credit.
Students may go on overnight trips to Washington D.C. or Boston, perform in the drama production, or do community service. Partnerships with Alley Pond Environmental Center and Douglaston Manor Environmental Association allow students to study environmental impacts on the local community. The school has a full orchestra which performs at different events.
Parents are welcome at events like “Night of the Arts," a showcase of student talent and “STEM centric” nights to demonstrate Science Technology Engineering and Math. Parent workshops include sessions on high school admissions and internet safety, in addition to open houses for incoming students.
While the academics are strong, some students complain that teachers don’t give them enough support and that students don’t treat one another with respect, according to school surveys. The school is addressing these problems with improved training for staff and anti-bullying programs for students, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan. Some of these initiatives would involve internet safety sessions and school-wide assemblies with guest speakers to promote more positive relationships between students.
Admissions: The school admits everyone who lives in the school attendance zone. Students in District 26 are admitted to the gifted and talented program based on a combination of factors that make up a "composite score". Admissions to the STEM program open to residents of District 26. (Melanie Quiroz, web-based reports and DOE data, March 2019)