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Channel View School for Research

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

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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.

(Gail Robinson, September 2017)



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School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
591 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 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
8 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

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


From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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Contact & Location


100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY 11694

Trains: A Line, S Line to Beach 105th St

Buses: Q21, Q22, Q53-SBS, QM16


Principal: Denise Harper Richards

Parent Coordinator: Deshawn Mason


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Beach Channel Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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