Channel View School for Research

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Phone: 718-634-1970

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of field trips and hands-on learning

The Downside

Out of the way location

On the edge of Jamaica Bay, Channel View School for Research focuses on activities that get children outside the classroom—such as studying marine life or cleaning up the shore.

“It’s active learning and it makes a connection to real life. They’re not just learning geometry. They’re learning how to build a city,” Principal Denise Harper-Richardson says.

A small school serving grades 6 to 12, Channel View has “large school opportunities with a small school feel,” says Harper-Richardson, a former assistant principal who became principal in 2014. It offers arts electives, oceanography, robotics, and a full complement of academic classes including French, Spanish, chemistry and physics.

Channel View uses the EL Learning approach, formerly known as Expeditionary Learning, which is a component of NYC Outward Bound schools.  Students are divided into groups of about 15, called “crews,” that meet daily with a teacher and stay together for several years. Ninth-graders go on a four-day wilderness trip, and students at all levels work on community problems.

Students work together in many classes, often on projects. Classes seem calm and organized, with most students participating in discussions and listening to their classmates and the teacher. Students seem to work well with one another. In a 12th grade physics class, for example, students easily questioned fellow classmates about concepts they did not understand as a teacher stood by to offer additional help.

Academic demands are significant. Students do as much as two hours of work a night and are expected to read extensively.

Every middle school grade includes two team teaching classes, combining general education and special education students, an accelerated class, an honors class and one other class. Those in the accelerated classes take Regents exams in 8th grade.

The middle school humanities class combines English and social studies, and students have as many as 14 periods of it a week. Seventh graders read Touching Sprit Bear, a novel about a contemporary Native American teenager; they also studied pre-colonial life among the Lenapes and wrote a fiction piece from the perspective of a Lenape.

Middle school test scores lag behind the city average but Harper-Richardson says high test scores are not the school's primary objective. “Our focus is that [students] be well rounded and have good character,” she said. “We know we are on the right track.”

The graduation rate is high, and the school has worked to improve college readiness, adding extra hours of classroom time in math and enabling students to take classes at the City University of New York.

Channel View has one full-time college counselor and an intern working on college admission. There are frequent college trips so by the time students graduate they will have seen about 30 colleges. In mid December, the entire school takes part in a celebration to cheer seniors on as they submit their college applications.

Channel View shares a building with three other schools: New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV, Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability and  Rockaway Collegiate High School. The Channel View students enter through their own door but, like all others in the building, have to go through metal detectors. The school shares athletic facilities and varsity teams accept student from all schools in the building.

While the school’s location gives students views of the water and the Manhattan skyline, Channel View is difficult to reach, particularly for families who do not live on the Rockaway Peninsula. Despite that, Richards says, students are coming from an increasingly wide geographic area, and the school is becoming more ethnically diverse.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has two integrated team teaching classes on each grade. Channel Views hosts an ASD Nest Program and Horizon program for children with autism spectrum disorders In Nest, students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, while the Horizon classes are self-contained. The graduation rate for students with disabilities is far above the citywide average.

ADMISSIONS: For middle school, District 27 students and residents have priority, followed by children from elsewhere in Queens. A student interview as well as test scores, grades, attendance, punctuality and teacher recommendations are taken into account. High school: Most Channel View 8th-graders stay for high school. For rising 9th-graders new to the school, priority goes to District 27. The school does not admit any new students to 10th grade. (Gail Robinson, September 2017)



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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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

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 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Channel View School for Research
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
US History,Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% 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
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
74% Citywide Average

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Research Technology & Robotics
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

CVSR utilizes computers robotics and drone technology to research real world problems. Students learn programming, web-design, gaming, engineering and robotics.

Channel View School for Research ASD Nest Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program
Channel View School for Research D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Channel View College & Career Readiness Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students are offered a rigorous and engaging college and career readiness program.

Channel View School for Research ASD Horizon Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP World History: Modern, AP Research, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line, S Line to Beach 105th St
Buses: Q21, Q22, Q53-SBS, QM16


Denise Harper Richards
Parent Coordinator
Deshawn Mason

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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